LTSS and Dementia

LTSS and Dementia

LTSS and Dementia

As the number of older adults in Indian Country increases, the need to provide culturally appropriate long-term care to people living with dementia is growing.


Dementia refers to a variety of conditions that affect brain function, memory, and thinking skills. Alzheimer's disease is the most common type of dementia. The confusion that often accompanies dementia can present unique challenges for caregivers of those with dementia.

Learn more about LTSS and dementia:

Cognitive assessments in Indian Country

Understanding cognitive function is important to providing appropriate care to elders who may be experiencing cognitive decline. To assess cognitive function in the context of diverse tribal cultures and disparities faced by American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/ANs), there is a need for culturally appropriate tools. Some cognitive assessment tools show promise for possible adaptation for use in Indian Country.

Learn more about existing assessment tools:


In the following infographics, see tips for caregivers providing LTSS to those with dementia:



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09/06/2023 05:05 PM