• Journal Article

Making long-term services and supports dementia-capable

Citation

Gould, E., & Wiener, J. (2017). Making long-term services and supports dementia-capable. Generations, Fall(Supplement), 44-51.

Abstract

Government agencies and community-based organizations serve people with dementia and their family caregivers through the aging services network and long-term services and supports systems. Model systems are dementia-capable—they accommodate the needs of people who experience varied physical, cognitive, and behavioral symptoms of dementia by tailoring programs to the unique needs of people in this population and their caregivers. This article explains the importance of dementia-capability as it relates to the needs of individuals and family caregivers, describes the components of model dementia-capable systems, and reports how some communities are becoming more dementia-capable.