About Dementia Care Aware
Dementia Care Aware is a state-wide program in California for primary care providers. It provides the information and tools needed to successfully administer cognitive health assessments and determine the appropriate next steps for the patients.
By 2040, the number of Californians aged 65 and older living with Alzheimer’s disease is expected to more than double. Californians who live to be 65 or older have a one in five chance of developing any type of dementia. Early detection means we can act sooner to slow progression of dementia and improve quality of life for the person living with the condition and for their care partners.
The Cognitive Health Assessment, which is a 5 to 10-minute screening approach, can fit into several types of visits – including routine visits, Medicare Annual Wellness Visits (AWV), and during Health Risk Assessments – and can satisfy the required AWV cognitive impairment screening. The cognitive health assessment training is offered as an online course and as monthly virtual training webinars. Once trained, providers can also receive $29 per each annual screen for those Medi-Cal patients who are fee-for-service and do not have Medicare.