We often hear the frightening statistics about Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and other dementias. Over 5 million Americans have AD today, and an estimated 13-16 million will have the disease by 2050. If we consider people with milder forms of memory and cognitive processing problems, the numbers are even larger.

The BCAT (Brief Cognitive Assessment Tool) main goal is to provide some reassurance and guidance to patients and their families who are concerned about memory impairment. Information about how to protect our brains from memory decline, and better manage the cognitive problems we might already be experiencing is critically important. Information and support are keys to success, and they can help maximize independence and quality of life.

The BCAT® Approach is a unique applied concept for assessing and working with people who have memory and other cognitive impairments. It is designed for any clinical and residential setting in which cognitive functioning and cognitive impairment is a central issue. The BCAT® Approach integrates distinct systems: The BCAT® Test System, the BCAT® Brain Rehabilitation Program, the BCAT® Working Memory Exercise Book and the MemPics® Book Series. All are person-centered programs that are used by healthcare professionals, facilities, patients, caregivers, and other stakeholders. The Test System rapidly, yet comprehensively, assesses current cognitive functioning. Test scores can be used to determine specific Brain Rehabilitation interventions and treatment modules.

The Jewish Home of Eastern Pennsylvania and Elan Gardens are dedicated to providing high-quality dementia care.

The Jewish Home was recognized as a Cognitive Center of Excellence for implementing the BCAT® Approach. The BCAT® Approach was adopted as a best practice because of its evidence-based assessment. These approaches and interventions provide a person-centered approach to dementia care.

The Jewish Home and Elan Gardens are dedicated to advancing all of our program models and will continue to provide the community with updates on these programs. Learn more about how you can help your loved one with Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia by visiting their website: www.jhep.org.

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