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Alzheimer's Disease Resources for Families and Health Professionals






The Assessment of Cognitive Complaints Toolkit for Alzheimer's Disease (ACCT-AD) is composed of two components, the instruction manual and the complete toolkit.  The ACCT-AD is designed to provide primary care providers with the tools necessary to recognize normal cognition, diagnose Alzheimer's disease, and identify other cognitive problems requiring specialty referral. It differs from many other toolkits that have been published for this purpose because many of the other toolkits focus on diagnosis of dementia, but provide limited guidance on identifying the specific neurodegenerative disorder.

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Geriatric Psychiatry and Neuroscience Grand Rounds






Geriatric Psychiatry and Neuroscience Grand Rounds series showcasing the work of distinguished Geriatric Psychiatry researchers. This monthly series features experts who have informed and pioneered the field of geriatric psychiatry using innovative approaches, tools, and techniques from neuroscience, cognitive psychology, clinical psychology, genetics, and more.  

All events are free and open to the public.

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Community Education Series







These informational/educational seminars are given by professional staff and address a variety of topics pertinent to memory loss and caregiver issues. Seminars are open to all participants and their caregivers and will include a discussion on practical ways to address memory problems and issues that might contribute to their development.

Seminars meet quarterly on Wednesdays from 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm at the VA Palo Alto Health Care Sytem in Building 4, 1st Floor Conference Room B-106. Please contact (650) 858-3915 or see Current flyer.

In the News










The aging brain: A conversation with a cognitive psychologist

This blog post highlights a recent 1:2:1 podcast with Ruth O’Hara, associate professor of psychiatry & behavioral sciences and Director of Stanford/VA Alzheimer’s Center, on the cognitive effects of worrying and anxiety in seniors. Paul Costello, the medical school’s chief communications officer, is host. For more information, visit Worrying and the effects on memory in seniors 

New app screens for undiagnosed cases of Alzheimer’s disease

A team of Stanford researchers at the Stanford/VA Alzheimer's Research Center has developed a free app that provides patients with a 30-question survey as a screening tool for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Click here to learn more