Promoting Positive Behavioral Health: A Non-pharmacologic Toolkit for Senior Living Communities
This Toolkit was prepared for the Commonwealth Fund in collaboration with the Hartford Foundation. Ann Kolanowski, RN, Ph.D., and Kimberly Van Haitsma, Ph.D., served as the coordinators of the expert panel who compiled much of the information contained in the toolkit.
Music and Memory
Music & Memory is a non-profit organization that brings personalized music into the lives of the elderly or infirm through digital music technology, vastly improving quality of life.
Provided through the Geriatric Mental Health Foundation, Find-A-Geriatric-Psychiatrist lists doctors who are members of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP). Membership in the AAGP does not constitute certification of a member doctor's competence, qualifications, or expertise.
Psychologists in Long-Term Care
Psychologists In Long Term Care, Inc. (PLTC) is a network of psychologists
and other professionals dedicated to providing high quality mental health
services in long-term care settings, including skilled nursing homes,
rehabilitation centers, assisted living facilities, and congregate housing.
American Psychological Association Office on Aging
The Office on Aging is a coordination point for APA activities pertaining to
aging and geropsychology (the field within psychology devoted to older adult
issues). The Office on Aging also supports the work of the APA Committee on
This website is a collaborative effort between the American Psychological
Association’s (APA) Divisions of Society of Clinical Geropsychology and
Adult Development & Aging, along with the Council of Professional
Geropsychology Training Programs (CoPGTP), Psychologists in Long Term Care (PLTC),
and the APA Committee ON Aging (CONA) to bring together available resources
for geropsychology training, service provision, policy, and research,
including online assessment of geropsychology competencies, in a central
Connecting to Combat Alzheimer’s
Connecting to Combat Alzheimer’s brings together National Institutes of
Health (NIH)-funded Alzheimer’s Disease Centers (ADCs) that conduct research
with the Administration for Community Living’s (ACL) aging services
agencies, which annually reach over 10 million older people and family
National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners
Information about the Certified Dementia Practitioner credentialing through
American Geriatrics Society “Choosing Wisely” Campaign
Scroll halfway down the page to “Item 2: Don’t use antipsychotics as first
choice to treat behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia”. A
variety of professional education and public information resources
The American Psychological Association Office on Aging
The APA Office of Aging provides links to articles and postings on issues of aging and geropsychology, including links to dementia care guidelines, Alzheimer’s, and psychological care of older people.
American Society of Consultant Pharmacists
This site provides information on the vital role
consultant pharmacists play in improving dementia care for residents of
of Online Geriatric Education
provides a free public repository of a growing collection of geriatric
educational materials. Visitors to the site can search for key words such as
“antipsychotics” to get a variety of links to podcasts, presentations, peer
reviewed articles, and more.
Alternative is a small not-for-profit organization based on the core belief
that aging should be a continued stage of development and growth, rather than
a period of decline. This website includes a list of trainings on Reducing
the Use of Antipsychotic Medications for People Living in Long Term Care
of Sarasota Education Institute
Sarasota is a nursing facility in Florida that has developed excellent
resources, trainings, and presentations about compassionate and effective
person-centered care of persons with Alzheimer’s and dementia. The Pines
Education Institute was established as a regional training center for medical
professionals, paraprofessionals and at home caregivers in order to provide
cutting edge education and training for a broad range of medical interests,
which will improve the quality of care for seniors in residential and home
based settings. Additionally, there is a freely accessible Pines
of Sarasota YouTube Channel that has many English and Spanish videos
about person-centered care.