Advisory Group on Risk Evidence Education for Dementia
Bringing Together the People Who Use Dementia Risk Information
Scientific advances increasingly bring us closer to knowing whether our brains are developing illnesses that lead to dementia long before we are aware. This information can be used by researchers to study how to prevent dementia and allows us to take action to prepare. But risk information cannot perfectly predict this future and it is upsetting. Our group helps guide when and how to tell people this risk information so that people understand it and get the information they want. We have working groups of diverse members including people living with dementia, scientists, clinicians, ethicists, lawyers and many others who address the complex issues surrounding risk communication for dementia. We welcome new members who want to become involved.
Educational Materials to Explain Risk
There are two critical components of dementia risk communication:
1. Decision Aid: A tool to decide whether or not to learn risk
2. Risk Explanation: A tool to explain results to an individual.
Context of Use of Risk Information
Whether and how we share risk information depends on the conditions or context. For example if someone has serious cognitive difficulties and wants to know a diagnosis the context is different from if someone wants to know risk information because they are curious about their brain health. Below are some typical contexts.
People with Cognitive Concerns
Our working groups meet monthly, learn together, and develop educational materials.
The following issues are addressed in the above groups
Communication with people with symptoms of dementia: How do we explain risk information?
Communication with people no symptoms (asymptomatic): When and why do we tell people dementia risk information who have no reason to believe they have a brain illness?
Ethics/Healthcare Law: How do we protect people from such risks as discrimination and respect ethical issues such as the right to know?
Evidence: How certain can we be that a particular dementia risk (e.g. blood test, genetic mutation) predicts correctly?
Diversity: How can we support informed decision making and understanding in people from diverse backgrounds?
Stakeholders: What do people living with dementia, their supporters, and the community feel is best?
These meet monthly.
All Hands: 3rd Thursday, 3-4 ET
Symptomatic: 4th Wednesday, 11:00-12:00 ET
Contact: Annalise Rahman-Filipiak
Asymptomatic: 2nd Tuesday, 1-2 ET
Evidence: 3rd Wednesday, 4-5 ET
Stakeholder: 3rd Wednesday 1-2 ET
Contact: Sara Walter
Ethics/Healthcare Law: 4th Tuesday, 3-4 ET
Diversity: Friday 3rd Wednesday, 2 ET
Contact: Neelum Agarwal
This website is supported in part by funding from the National Institute on Aging, part of the National Institutes of Health, under award number P30AG066515.
Funding in part from the Rush Associates Board