Psychologists’ role in Alzheimer’s disease evaluation and treatment topic of new briefing sheet

The new briefing sheet underscores how psychologists can use neuropsychological evaluation, behavioral intervention and psychotherapy to identify and treat Alzheimer's.

The APA Center for Psychology and Health’s briefing sheet on Alzheimer’s disease (PDF, 1.2MB), part of its briefing series on the role of psychology in health care, reviews scientific literature on the disease, noting the importance of psychologists throughout the lifespan of the illness, from prevention to diagnosis to treatment.

“About 5.2 million Americans have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, and this number is projected to triple by 2050,” the briefing states. “Accurately identifying Alzheimer’s disease as early as possible prevents excess costs and inappropriate treatment and enhances shared decision making.”

In addition to the briefing sheet, APA offers tip sheets for the public to assist in identifying and preventing forms of cognitive decline, including Alzheimer’s. Research on the disease is frequently highlighted in Monitor on Psychology articles, including a recent interview with former APA President Sharon Stephens Brehm, PhD, on how she’s living with Alzheimer’s.

The Center for Psychology and Health's briefing series is collaboratively developed with APA's Interdivisional Healthcare Committee, a coalition of health-oriented divisions within the association.