• Scholarly report

The Alzheimer’s Disease Supportive Services Program


Gould, E., Hughes, S., O'Keeffe, C., & Wiener, J. (2014). The Alzheimer’s Disease Supportive Services Program: 2014 report on completed grants. Final report. Research Triangle Park, NC: RTI International.

In 2014, more than 5 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer’s disease. Because Alzheimer’s disease destroys basic cognitive skills, it places a large burden on people with the disease and their caregivers. To improve services for this population, Congress established the Alzheimer’s Disease Supportive Services Program (ADSSP), which is administered by the Administration on Community Living (ACL)/Administration on Aging (AoA).

This report summarizes the experience of 60 completed ADSSP grants initially funded by ACL/AoA between 2007 and 2010, including 45 Innovative Practices and 15 Evidence-Based grants. Innovative Practices grants use a variety of approaches to improve the delivery of supportive services at the community level. These approaches have some foundation in research, but have not been rigorously tested in randomized clinical trials. Evidence-Based grants translate interventions that have been tested through randomized-controlled clinical trials with the results published in peer-reviewed journals. The 60 ADSSP grants included in this report served 28,227 people over the course of their grant period, including 13,571 persons with dementia and 14,656 caregivers.