World Alzheimer’s Day is September 21st. The goal is to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s and dementia. See below for a selection of Canadian guidelines and other resources.
Atypical Antipsychotic Use for the Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia in the Elderly Final Report: Environmental Scan and Local/Historical Context
From the Ontario Drug Policy Research Network
• Includes select rapid reviews on initiatives to reduce antipsychotic use in the elderly and warning/advisories on the use of atypical antipsychotic drugs in elderly patients with dementia.
Access at http://odprn.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Antipsychotics_Environmental-Final-Report.pdf
Behavioural Symptoms of Dementia: Care for Patients in Hospitals and Residents in Long-Term Care Homes
From Health Quality Ontario
• This quality standard addresses care for people living with dementia and the specific behaviours of agitation and aggression. The report’s focus is on care for people who are in an emergency department, admitted to a hospital, or in a long-term care home.
Access at http://www.hqontario.ca/portals/0/documents/evidence/quality-standards/qs-dementia-clinical-guide-1609-en.pdf
Best Practices in the Management of Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia in Residents of Long-Term Care Cacilities in Alberta
From the Health Technology Assessment Unit, University of Calgary
• Includes a summary of the guidelines for management of elderly patients with behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia.
Access at http://www.health.alberta.ca/documents/AHTDP-Antipsychotics-LTC-UofC.pdf
Delirium, Dementia, and Depression in Older Adults: Assessment and Care, Second Edition
From Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario
• This guideline addresses practice and educational recommendations for delirium, dementia, and depression.
Access at http://rnao.ca/bpg/guidelines/assessment-and-care-older-adults-delirium-dementia-and-depression
Fourth Canadian Consensus Conference on the Diagnosis and Treatment of Dementia: Recommendations for family physicians by Moore, Ainsley, Christopher Patterson, Linda Lee, Isabelle Vedel, and Howard Bergman
From Canadian Family Physician 60(5), 433-438
• Recommendations on screening for cognitive impairment in older adults and also lists recommendations relevant to family physicians, including info on liquid biomarkers, early onset dementia and neuroimaging
Access at http://www.cfp.ca/content/cfp/60/5/433.full.pdf
Recommendations on Screening for Cognitive Impairment in Older Adults
From the Canadian Taskforce on Preventative Health
• This guideline includes recommendations for screening in community dwelling older adults (≥65 years of age) who do not have noticeable symptoms suggestive of mild cognitive impairment or dementia.
Access at https://canadiantaskforce.ca/guidelines/published-guidelines/cognitive-impairment/
Multidisciplinary Team Care for Dementia: Clinical Effectiveness and Guidelines
• This rapid response addresses the evidence on the clinical effectiveness of multidisciplinary team care for patients with dementia and what are the evidenced based guidelines regarding multidisciplinary team care for patients with dementia.
Access at https://www.cadth.ca/multidisciplinary-team-care-dementia-clinical-effectiveness-and-guidelines