NC DHHS has announced the availability of the North Carolina Dementia and Brain Health Toolkit. This resource is intended to increase awareness and promote education about:

  • The importance of risk reduction, early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD),
  • Prevention and management of chronic conditions and avoidable hospitalizations, and
  • The role of caregiving for persons with dementia.

The Toolkit was developed for:

  • Local public health agencies and their partners,
  • Community-based organizations,
  • Dementia care programs,
  • Dementia-capable services within home and community-based service (HCBS) systems,
  • Community health workers,
  • Insurance companies,
  • ADRD advocates, and
  • Other professionals.

The purpose of the toolkit is to be a resource for staff, the public, older adults, adults with disabilities, and those who are caring for them about brain health and dementia.

NC DHHS and partner agencies (Division of Aging and Adult Services, and Division of Public Health), collaborated to build NC’s capacity to advance cognitive health as an integral component of public health through the North Carolina Building Our Largest Dementia Infrastructure Project (NC BOLD) by

1) Integrating cognitive health into ongoing public health efforts;

2) Implementing policy, environmental, and systems changes; and

3) Expanding the number of stakeholders engaging in collaboration and action to protect brain health.

To meet its objective, DHHS implemented selected CDC’s Healthy Brain Initiative (HBI) Road Map (RM) activities.

To access the Toolkit, click here.