American Journal of Alzheimer s Disease and Other Dementias Impact Factor & Information

Publisher: SAGE Publications

Journal description

The American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias (AJADD) is for and by professionals on the frontlines of Alzheimer's care, dementia, and clinical depression--especially physicians, nurses, psychiatrists, healthcare administrators, and other related healthcare specialists who deal with patients having dementias and families everyday. In every issue, you will find down-to-earth clinical information on: Practical medical, psychiatric, and nursing issues such as assessment and management of problem behaviors, communication difficulties, dealing with delusions and other psychotic features, apathy, effects of physical activity, integrated treatment approaches, new and changing pharmacotherapies, orientation behaviors, and hospice use. AJADD also includes information on management of concurrent medical issues in the patient with dementia; New and forthcoming diagnostic tools such as computerized testing for mild cognitive impairment and other aspects of cognitive testing, as well as high technology resources for sophisticated disease characterization. AJADD also provides information on the clinical features and management of non-Alzheimer's dementias; Psychosocial issues such as dealing with staff caregivers' distress, improving caregivers' communication skills, helping patients and families to deal with a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease or another dementia, and patients' perceptions and preferences; Practice-oriented clinical research from the frontiers of neurology and genetics, including sleep-wake states, targeting glutamate excitotoxicity, cholesterol and apolipoprotein E, and other aspects of the underlying biology that causes the symptoms of dementia. AJADD also reports on the latest clinical trials that focus on medications for the symptoms of dementia and the disease process; Administrative and legal issues such as coding, consumer evaluation of adult day-care services, cost-effectiveness of special care units, dangerous wandering, end-stage dementia, informed consent, Medicare coverage for cognitively impaired residents, supervision of high-risk fall dementia patients, and vulnerable populations and avoidable hospitalizations.

Current impact factor: 1.43

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2015
2013 / 2014 Impact Factor 1.426
2012 Impact Factor 1.518
2011 Impact Factor 1.453
2010 Impact Factor 1.774

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

Additional details

5-year impact 0.00
Cited half-life 5.30
Immediacy index 0.20
Eigenfactor 0.00
Article influence 0.00
Website American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias website
Other titles American journal of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias (Online), American journal of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias, American journal of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias
ISSN 1533-3175
OCLC 71196303
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

Publisher details

SAGE Publications

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    • Publisher's version/PDF cannot be used
    • Post-print version with changes from referees comments can be used
    • "as published" final version with layout and copy-editing changes cannot be archived but can be used on secure institutional intranet
  • Classification
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Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: This study reports on the first phase of an investigation aimed at adapting The Savvy Caregiver program, a successful family caregiving curriculum developed in the United States, for application in South India. Thirty family members caring for a person with dementia were interviewed regarding their experiences as caregivers (CGs). Qualitative interviews were conducted with the family member at a geriatric clinic, while other diagnostic procedures were being carried out with the person with dementia. Findings from the study revealed that although family members understood the term CG, none could identify a word for CG in his or her language. There was little understanding of dementia as an illness. Family CGs reported feeling distressed, overwhelmed, and frustrated with caregiving. Caregivers were interested in an educational program, but many had unrealistic expectations for what they wanted to learn. The findings provide directions for adapting The Savvy Caregiver curriculum for Indian family CGs. © The Author(s) 2015.
    American Journal of Alzheimer s Disease and Other Dementias 03/2015; DOI:10.1177/1533317514567125
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    ABSTRACT: The prevalence of Alzheimer's disease (AD) is projected to grow dramatically, but efforts to treat its progression have been unsuccessful. Fear of AD among older persons is greater than fear of cancer, and lingering worries about developing AD can be detrimental to well-being. Yet, much remains to be known about such worries and their precursors. This study, based on data from the Health and Retirement Survey, examines correlates of worry. Results of multivariate analyses show the following to be independent and significant correlates: present memory ratings, perceived changes in memory, personal familiarity with AD, belief that being a first-degree relative of someone with AD heightens the chance of developing AD, and age. Interaction analyses show that memory ratings and perceived changes in memory functioning are associated with worry regardless of personal familiarity. These findings will enable practitioners to identify patients and clients at risk of being worried about getting AD. © The Author(s) 2015.
    American Journal of Alzheimer s Disease and Other Dementias 02/2015; DOI:10.1177/1533317514568889
  • American Journal of Alzheimer s Disease and Other Dementias 02/2015; 30(1):5. DOI:10.1177/1533317515568943
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    ABSTRACT: Dementia prevalence and related caregiving burden are increasing, particularly among Hispanics. We studied the characteristics and mental health of Hispanic caregivers in New York City. We recruited 139 Hispanic family caregivers. We collected data on sociodemographic characteristics and predictors of caregiver burden, measured with the Zarit Caregiver Burden Scale, and depressive symptoms, measured with the Geriatric Depression Scale. The mean age was 59.3 ± 10.4 years. The majority of caregivers were daughters and earned less than US$30 000 a year. In multivariate analyses with linear regression, lower satisfaction with social networks was associated with higher caregiver burden and a greater number of depressive symptoms. Higher dementia severity was associated with higher caregiver burden, while higher caregiver comorbidities were associated with higher depressive symptoms. Caregiver comorbidities and satisfaction with social support may be targets for intervention that could improve caregiver burden and depressive symptoms among Hispanic caregivers. © The Author(s) 2015.
    American Journal of Alzheimer s Disease and Other Dementias 01/2015; DOI:10.1177/1533317514568340
  • American Journal of Alzheimer s Disease and Other Dementias 01/2015; DOI:10.1177/1533317514568890
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    ABSTRACT: Although persons with dementia (PWD) and their family caregivers need in-home support for common neuropsychiatric symptoms (NPS), few if any assistive technologies are available to help manage NPS. This implementation study tested the feasibility and adoption of a touch screen technology, the Companion, which delivers psychosocial, nondrug interventions to PWD in their home to address individual NPS and needs. Interventions were personalized and delivered in home for a minimum of 3 weeks. Postintervention measures indicated the technology was easy to use, significantly facilitated meaningful and positive engagement, and simplified caregivers' daily lives. Although intervention goals were met, caregivers had high expectations of their loved one's ability to regain independence. Care recipients used the system independently but were limited by cognitive and physical impairments. We conclude the Companion can help manage NPS and offer caregiver respite at home. These data provide important guidance for design and deployment of care technology for the home. © The Author(s) 2015.
    American Journal of Alzheimer s Disease and Other Dementias 01/2015; 30(1). DOI:10.1177/1533317514568338
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    ABSTRACT: Focus group data collected for a larger project to develop a fotonovela for Latino caregivers was used to conduct a meaning-centered thematic analysis in order to elicit Latino family caregiver perspectives on how behavior problems occurring in the context of dementia are perceived and managed. A sample of 42 Spanish-speaking Latino caregivers were recruited from organizations affiliated with the Alzheimer's Association near San Diego, California. Caregivers were queried on challenging behaviors, coping strategies, as well as other daily challenges. Focus group sessions were conducted in Spanish, translated and transcribed into English, and analyzed using qualitative, grounded anthropological methods. In addition to a range of behavior problems, five indigenous approaches to managing challenging behaviors were identified: acceptance, love, patience, adaptability, and establishing routines of care. Additionally, participants identified persistent challenges which deter effective coping. These include: issues with providers, problems with family members, limited knowledge of resources, emotional distress, and financial strain. To our knowledge, this is one of the few qualitative studies to report indigenous coping strategies for dementia behavioral problems. These findings have the potential to inform culturally-tailored intervention. © The Author(s) 2015.
    American Journal of Alzheimer s Disease and Other Dementias 01/2015; DOI:10.1177/1533317514566115
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    ABSTRACT: Blood-brain barrier impairment and endothelial cell dysfunction have both been implicated in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease (AD). The presence of vascular risk factors is also known to increase the risk of AD. Soluble endothelial protein C receptor (sEPCR) should thus produce procoagulant and proinflammatory effects. Serum sEPCR levels have been found to be associated with several diseases. To date, no reports have been published regarding serum sEPCR levels in AD. In this study, we found that serum sEPCR levels were significantly increased in patients with AD when compared to control participants (P = .0005). There was no significant difference between patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and healthy controls (P = .055) or between patients with AD and MCI (P = .054). Importantly, our results also indicate that the degree of cognitive impairment is significantly correlated with serum sEPCR levels in all patients and healthy controls. These findings suggest that serum sEPCR levels could be a potential candidate for a biomarker panel for AD diagnosis. © The Author(s) 2015.
    American Journal of Alzheimer s Disease and Other Dementias 01/2015; DOI:10.1177/1533317514567124
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    ABSTRACT: Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) biomarkers of Alzheimer's disease (AD), especially Aβ42/t-tau and Aβ42/p-tau, showed high diagnostic sensitivities and specificities. But significant interassay and interlaboratory variabilities hinder the widespread clinical applications of CSF biomarkers. The objective of this study was to validate the diagnostic accuracy of AD-CSF-Index in our local Chinese patients with AD compared to nondemented controls. A total of 36 patients, which included 24 patients with AD and 12 nondemented controls, were recruited. Chinese patients with AD showed higher mean AD-CSF-Indices than nondemented controls (AD = 1.25-1.3, normal = 0.62-0.63; P < .001). The AD-CSF-indices have a high sensitivity and specificity of 86.4% to 90.9% and 83.3%, respectively, in differentiating patients with AD from nondemented controls. After selecting the patients with "pure AD" and "pure normal" controls, the AD-CSF-indices have a high sensitivity and specificity of 94.1% and 90%, respectively, in differentiating patients with AD from nondemented controls. Most importantly, our AD-CSF-indices cutoff was highly similar to that reported in Western studies. © The Author(s) 2015.
    American Journal of Alzheimer s Disease and Other Dementias 01/2015; DOI:10.1177/1533317514567126
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    ABSTRACT: Apolipoprotein E type 4 allele (ApoE∊4) is known as a risk gene for the late-onset Alzheimer's disease, and the relationship between ApoE∊4 and cognitive function of the elderly people has drawn the attention of the scientists. In this study, we investigated the relationship between ApoE∊4 and the cognitive function of the old people. A total of 156 old people were investigated, of whom 31 were ApoE∊4 carriers. The ApoE∊4 primarily influenced the global cognitive function, perceptual speed, and work memory. The results indicate that ApoE∊4 has significant negative effect on the cognitive function of the elderly people who are 60 years and older. © The Author(s) 2015.
    American Journal of Alzheimer s Disease and Other Dementias 01/2015; DOI:10.1177/1533317514566114
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    ABSTRACT: Millions face the challenges of caregiving for a loved one with dementia. A classic Glaserian grounded theory methodology was used to discover the problem that caregivers of individuals with dementia face at the end of life and how they attempt to resolve that problem. Data were collected from a theoretical sample of 101 participants through in-person interviews, online interviews, book and blog memoirs of caregivers, and participant observation. Constant comparative method revealed a basic social psychological problem of role entrapment. Caregivers attempt to resolve this problem through a 5-stage basic social psychological process of rediscovering including missing the past, sacrificing self, yearning for escape, reclaiming identity, and finding joy. Health care professionals can support caregivers through this journey by validating, preparing caregivers for future stages, and encouraging natural coping strategies identified in this process. This study provides a substantive theory that may serve as a framework for future studies. © The Author(s) 2014.
    American Journal of Alzheimer s Disease and Other Dementias 11/2014; DOI:10.1177/1533317514559829
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    ABSTRACT: In the United States half of the 15 million informal caregivers of persons with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia (PWDs) do not live with the PWD. This paper compares the sleep quality and health of 59 community-dwelling caregivers living with the PWD and 21 living apart from the PWD. Variables of interest were caregiving experience (hours caregiving, problematic behaviors of the PWD, caregivers' perception of dementia severity), sleep quality, and health (perceived health, stress, and depressive symptoms). Parametric unpaired t tests were used to calculate the differences between key variables. Multiple regression models were constructed, controlling for age, gender, behavior index, and dementia severity to examine the variance explained by living arrangements on sleep quality and health. Caregivers living apart from the PWD experienced the same level of poor sleep quality as did caregivers living with the PWD. The living arrangements of the caregiver did not make a unique contribution to sleep quality or health variables except for reports of unhealthy days. Given the importance of good quality sleep for health, the findings highlight the importance of evaluating caregivers living apart from the PWD for sleep problems with the same level of concern as one would have for those living with the PWD. © The Author(s) 2014.
    American Journal of Alzheimer s Disease and Other Dementias 11/2014; 30(4). DOI:10.1177/1533317514559828