Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter
MaineHealth – Clinical Tools for Annual Wellness Visits Includes links to MiniCog, Katz ADL, Lawton IADL, MCIS, PHQ-9, and more
Office of Aging and Disability Services
State Plan for Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias in Maine
MemoryWorks A new resource for Maine's Dementia Care Community
Administration for Community Living
National Institute on Aging Access free clinical practice tools, training materials, and more resources for physicians, nurses, social workers, and other professionals
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Links to caregiver resources and long-term care assistance and more
Alzheimer’s Disease Pocketcard App (created by the Alzheimer’s Association)
Includes many tools and resources and can be downloaded via the Apple App Store.
Geriatrics Interprofessional Organization Collaboration
ACT on Alzheimer’s This site provides a toolkit and resources to guide communities in becoming dementia friendly, practice tools to assist professionals in identifying and managing the disease and an economic model of dementia intervention with projected cost savings.
American Geriatrics Society Beer’s List of Potentially Inappropriate Medications
Cognitive Function Assessments
Mini Mental Status Exam (MMSE) Has a long history of use and a great deal of literature behind it. It is a copyrighted tool and not available in the public domain. You can purchase the tool at the link.
Montreal Cognitive Assessmen (MOCA) Cognitive screening test with high sensitivity and specificity designed to assist in detection of mild cognitive impairment. Three different English language versions allow for variation if the test is being repeated.
Clinical Dementia Rating Scale (CDR) Allows for a scoring of the severity of dementia and is another functional evaluation tool.
AD 8 Dementia Screening Interview
Eight item Informant interview, also available on the Alzheimer’s Association app.
Alzheimer’s Association Seven Stages of Alzheimer’s
The stages provide a general idea of how abilities change during the course of the disease, also available on the Alzheimer’s Association app.
Four Minute Neurological Exam Brief neurological screen that can yield a high amount of diagnostic information in a limited amount of time.
Geriatric Depression Scale 30-item self-report assessment used to identify depression in the elderly.
GPCOG Combines a test of the patient’s cognitive function with an informant interview. This allows the perspective of a person other than the individual with loss of cognitive function to provide information about cognitive function and functional status. Also available on the Alzheimer’s Association app.
Katz Index of Activities of Daily Living (ADL) Measure of basic functional loss.
Lawton Instrumental Activities of Daily Living Scale (IADL)
Reasonably sensitive marker of functional decline for a primary care practice. They reflect decline in domains other than memory and thus can be useful in following patients with multiple chronic illnesses over time.
Mild Cognitive Impairment Screen
Quick approach for distinguishing age-related concerns from those needing further evaluation
Simple 3-minute test that can be performed by your medical assistant on intake. It combines memory and executive function. A score <4 prompts the need for more evaluation. The scoring of the test allows for following on a flow sheet over time.
9-item depression scale to assist clinicians with diagnosing depression and monitoring treatment response, and is widely used as a screening tool for dementia.
Saint Louis University Mental Status Exam