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Identifying and Supporting Dementia Caregivers in Healthcare Settings

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Start : 11:00 AM (Pacific)
End : 12:00 Noon (Pacific)

Part of the National Alzheimer’s and Dementia Resource Center webinar series sponsored by the Administration for Community Living.

Click here to view the recorded presentation at no charge.

CEUs are no longer available for this event

Family caregivers are an essential part of the healthcare team for persons living with dementia. Yet, family caregivers often go unrecognized in the delivery of healthcare to persons living with dementia. In an effort to provide care and improve outcomes for persons living with dementia, efforts are underway in several healthcare settings to better engage family caregivers in the development of care plans and the delivery of care. These efforts may eventually lead to improved health outcomes for people with dementia and their caregivers, as appropriate services and supports are channeled to the population. This web seminar will define the challenges and benefits of including family caregivers as members of the healthcare team and describe practical approaches that are gaining support in two states.

Participants in this web seminar will be able to:

  • Describe the benefits of improving family caregivers’ representation in the Electronic Health Record (EHR) of persons living with dementia;
  • Discuss multiple ways in which healthcare systems could better identify family caregivers in EHRs and other forms of Health IT;
  • Access tools care managers can use to identify, assess and support family caregivers of people with dementia within healthcare systems; and,
  • Identify policies that can be leveraged to improve caregiver identification.


Debra Cherry, Ph.D., is the executive vice president of Alzheimer’s Greater Los Angeles, where she oversees program development and foundation, government and medical relations. Cherry is co-director of the Dementia Cal MediConnect Project, which seeks to improve healthcare for people who are dually eligible for Medicare and Medicaid.



Alan B. Stevens, Ph.D., holds the Vernon D. Holleman-Lewis M. Rampy Centennial Chair in Gerontology at Baylor Scott & White Health (BSWH). He also directs the Center for Applied Health Research (CAHR), a BSWH system level center that partners with Texas A&M Health Science Center, the Central Texas Veterans Health Care System and numerous community-based organizations to positively impact population health management with healthcare delivery and implementation science research.

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