NATIONAL PLAN TO ADDRESS ALZHEIMER'S DISEASE: 2017 UPDATE. Strategy 4.B: Work with State, Tribal, and Local Governments to Improve Coordination and Identify Model Initiatives to Advance Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias Awareness and Readiness across the Government

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Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer's Caregivers' Health into Indian Country. IHS and ACL are partnering with the REACH-VA training team at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center in REACH into Indian Country, a project funded by the Rx Foundation to implement the REACH caregiver support intervention across Indian Country. The initial goal of REACH caregiver support services, to be in at least 50 Tribal communities by February 2018, has nearly been reached. IHS and ACL continue work with VA to adapt and implement the REACH-VA program of caregiver support in Tribal communities through both public health nursing and the Tribal aging network, and are now focusing on increasing the impact of caregiver support services in those communities and on sustaining the initiative following the end of Rx Foundation funding. REACH-VA is an evidence-based translation that uses structured interventions to provide caregivers of people with dementia with tools and skills to manage ongoing caregiving challenges. VA is a source of clinical expertise in diagnosis and management of dementia for many Native veterans. IHS is building on VA work to test strategies for early recognition among family members, as well as clinical and aging services staff.

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Dementia Friendly America Community Toolkit. DFA offers a four phase community toolkit that convenes community leaders and supports them through a community change process that raises awareness about dementia. As communities undertake the toolkit they help foster awareness of dementia and its impact. The toolkit process provides each sector of the community with guides that help individuals in that sector interact with people living with dementia. Additionally, the Dementia Friends program is aligned with international efforts to consistently educate and raise awareness of dementia, its impact and how to interact with people living with dementia.

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