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Designed for use in schools of public health and related disciplines, A Public Health Approach to Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias is an introductory curriculum that addresses cognitive health, cognitive impairment, and Alzheimer’s disease, with the intent to increase awareness of the impact of Alzheimer’s and other dementias as well as the role of public health in addressing this crisis.

Developed by the Emory Centers for Training and Technical Assistance at Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health, this flexible, ready-to-use curriculum will help faculty prepare students of public health and related disciplines for careers in which they need to apply public health approaches to address Alzheimer’s as a multi-layered, growing public health challenge.

The modular design of the curriculum enables use in entirety or as stand-alone modules. Each module has a slide set and faculty guide with learning objectives; list of relevant competencies; talking points; and teaching aids such as case studies, video resources, and additional learning activities.

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This curriculum is free, ready-to-use and easy to incorporate into your existing courses. Start here with Module 1: Alzheimer's Disease — A Public Health Crisis.

Module 1: Alzheimer's Disease — A Public Health Crisis

Module 1 frames Alzheimer’s disease and dementia as a public health epidemic with a large and rapidly growing burden that has a significant impact on the nation. The impact of Alzheimer’s is felt at a national, state, and local level – as well as on a family and personal level – through financial burdens, resource needs, and professional requirements.

Module 2: Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias — The Basics

Module 2 provides background information on Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. It lays a foundation for what cognitive health is and how changes within the brain may lead to cognitive aging, cognitive impairment, and Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

Module 3: Alzheimer's Disease — What is the Role of Public Health?

Module 3 briefly describes the Alzheimer’s epidemic in the U.S., followed by a discussion of four public health intervention tools that may play significant roles in mitigating the Alzheimer’s crisis. The four tools discussed are: surveillance/monitoring, primary prevention, early detection and diagnosis, and ensuring safety and quality of care.

Module 4: Dementia Capable Systems and Dementia Friendly Communities

Module 4 addresses the public health response to the Alzheimer’s disease epidemic at the state and community level. The module describes the concepts of “dementia capable” systems and dementia friendly communities, both of which involve systems and infrastructure needed to accommodate the needs of a population with memory loss, and variety of related physical, cognitive, and behavioral symptoms, as well as other co-morbidities.

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