Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias

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Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias Report and Recommendations (Adopted November 2017)

Rates of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias are expected to increase greatly over the next couple decades. Many practices lack guidelines on how to increase quality of diagnosing, treating, and supporting people with dementia and their family members and other caregivers. This workgroup aligned with and built off the Alzheimer’s State Plan and has five focus areas:

  • Diagnosis
  • Ongoing care and support or management
  • Advance care planning and palliative care
  • Need for increased support and/or higher levels of care
  • Preparing for potential hospitalization
  • Screening for delirium risk

The workgroup met from January to November 2017.


Supporting Materials:

Letter from the Health Care Authority Accepting the Total Knee and Total Hip Replacement Bundle and Warranty and the Opioid Use Disorder Treatment and Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias Report and Recommendations

Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias Final Charter

Workgroup Members

Name Title


Kristoffer Rhoads, PhD (Chair) Primary Neuropsychologist, Memory and Brain Wellness Center University of Washington Medicine
Kimiko Domoto-Reilly, MD Alzheimer’s Research Center University of Washington Medicine
Richard Furlong, MD Primary Care Virginia Mason Medical Center
Barak Gaster, MD Professor of Medicine University of Washington Medicine
Kelly Green, LICSW Social Worker Evergreen Health
Debbie Hunter Family Caregiver
Nancy Isenberg, MD, MPH, FAAN Neurologist, Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology, Center for Healthy Aging & Memory Virginia Mason Medical Center
Arlene Johnson Family Caregiver
Kerry Jurges, MD Primary Care Confluence Health
Eric Larson, MD, MPH Vice President for Research and Health Care Innovation Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington
Todd Larson Family Caregiver
Myriam Marquez Patient Advocate
Shirley Newell, MD Chief Medical Officer Aegis Living
Darrell Owens, DNP, ARNP Clinic Chief, Director University of Washington Outpatient Primary, Palliative and Supportive Care Program
Tatiana Sadak, PhD, ARNP Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Associate Professor of Geriatric Mental Health, University of Washington School of Nursing
Bruce Smith, MD Medical Director Regence Blue Shield