Reducing the Impact of Dementia in America: A Decadal Survey of the Behavioral and Social Sciences

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The National Institute on Aging of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services requested that the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine conduct a consensus study to produce a decadal survey of research in the social and behavioral sciences with the potential to mitigate the negative impacts of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and identify a research agenda for the coming decade. This report is the culmination of that effort and includes the consensus committee’s ten-year research priorities. The research agenda includes specific research directions for assessing family caregivers’ experiences and capacity as well as for research on interventions to support family caregivers with a focus on three key issues: Care Transitions, Use of Assistive Technology, and Approaches for Addressing Behavioral and Psychological Symptoms.