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Why choose the UCLA Health Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Program?
We designed the UCLA Health Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Program to support patients who have already received a diagnosis of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease. Our dementia care specialists are nurse practitioners with expertise in memory disorders. They offer personalized care plans and extensive patient and caregiver support.
Highlights of our program include:
Holistic evaluations: We assess all the ways in which a memory disorder affects your behavioral, social and medical well-being. Assessment results help us create effective treatment plans that support both patients and caregivers with the evolving needs of living with dementia.
24/7 access to specialists: After establishing care with our geriatric medicine specialists, patient caregivers have 24/7 access to a care provider. This helps reduce emergency department visits and hospitalizations while providing extra support and guidance.
Extensive resources: We offer support groups and robust caregiver education. Our specialists also connect patients and caregivers with an array of local and national resources.
Our geriatric medicine specialists care for patients with dementia through several specialized programs. We offer:
Memory Evaluation Program
Memory evaluations are available for patients over 65 who are experiencing memory and thinking difficulties. Our experts answer your and your family’s questions or concerns about Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. These evaluations help us understand your needs and create an effective treatment plan, but they are not designed to diagnose dementia or Alzheimer’s.
Before your visit, we send you a questionnaire to help us understand your current challenges and health history. We may also order diagnostic tests, as appropriate. The evaluation includes:
- Medical and family history review
- Memory and language tests
- Neurological exam
- Physical exam
If needed, we may complete the evaluation over two appointments. To schedule an assessment in our Westwood or Santa Monica offices, call 310-319-3222.
Improving Caregiving for Dementia (i-CareD) Program
i-CareD is a model to improve training and support for caregivers of those with dementia. The program includes interactive training programs called Caregiver Bootcamps. Our providers and community-based dementia experts educate caregivers on topics such as:
- Alzheimer’s and dementia definitions
- Home safety
- How to handle problematic behaviors
- Managing caregiver stress and burnout
- Recreational activity options for those with memory impairments
TimeOut @ UCLA
TimeOut is a virtual program consisting of weekly 60-minute video calls between students and seniors. The program gives seniors the opportunity to mentor and connect with bright, enthusiastic college students, while giving caregivers a small break.
TimeOut is a student-run program offered free to older adults who need companionship, enjoy socialization and want to engage in meaningful conversations. To participate in TimeOut, contact our program coordinator at 310-913-1914.
Dementia treatments we offer
There’s no cure for dementia and no treatment to stop its progression. Treatment typically focuses on managing symptoms and providing support to caregivers. Your dementia care specialist may recommend:
- Eating a nutritious diet full of fruits, vegetables and whole grains
- Engaging in social activities
- Exercising at a moderate pace most days of the week, to the extent that you’re able
- Maintaining a structured routine to help decrease anxiety and stress
- Participating in support groups and connecting with community-based resources for caregivers
- Taking medications designed to slow disease progression or help improve your symptoms
Our dementia care specialists in geriatric medicine work with your primary care provider or referring physician to develop and implement a personalized care plan. We offer every patient:
- A 90-minute in-person visit with one of our dementia care specialists
- A personalized care plan developed with your referring physician
- Follow-up phone calls and in-person visits to make sure your plan is implemented or modified as needed
- 24/7 access for caregivers who need assistance and advice to avoid emergency department visits or hospitalizations
We meet with every patient and their caregivers at least once a year to ensure that your needs are being met. Medicare covers in-person and video visits. Telephone calls and many other services such as support groups, educational programs and referrals to community-based organizations, are offered at no cost.
Our geriatric medicine dementia care specialists provide comprehensive and compassionate care for patients with dementia. We also offer extensive support for caregivers. Each member of our team is dedicated to improving quality of life for people with dementia.