20.006 Alzheimers Disease and other Dementia

20.006

20.006 Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementia: The Texas Medical Association:

  1. Encourages physicians to make appropriate use of guidelines for clinical decisionmaking in the diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias;
  2. Encourages physicians to make available information about community resources to facilitate appropriate and timely referral to supportive caregiver services;
  3. Encourages studies to determine the comparative cost-effectiveness/cost-benefit of assisted in-home care versus nursing home care for patients with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders;
  4. Encourages studies to determine how best to provide stable funding for the long-term care of patients with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementing disorders;
  5. Supports the use of evidence-based, cost-effective technologies with prior consent of patients or designated health care power of attorney, as a solution to prevent, identify, and rescue missing patients with Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementias with the help of appropriate allied specialty organizations;
  6. Supports increased awareness of the sex and gender differences in incidence and etiology of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias;
  7. Encourages increased enrollment in clinical trials of appropriate patients with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, and their families, to better identify sex-differences in incidence and progression and to advance a treatment and cure of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias;
  8. Encourages physicians to promote regular physical activity, healthy eating, and management of cardiovascular risk factors (diabetes, obesity, smoking, and hypertension) to reduce the risk of cognitive decline and of dementia; and 
  9. Encourages physicians to discuss living wills, medical power of attorney, directive to physicians, and other end-of-life planning decisions with all appropriate patients (Extracted CSA Rep. 4-I-98; reaffirmed CSA Rep. 4-A-08; amended CSPH Rep. 5-A-18).

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August 20, 2018