Huge Grant For FAU Alzheimer's Program

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BOCA RATON, FL ( — Florida Atlantic University’s Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center operated by FAU’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing has received a three-year, $1.3 million grant from the Administration on Aging (AoA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, for a project titled “Bridging the Gap: Providing Specialized Dementia Care & Supportive Services through Community Partnerships.” FAU’s Green Memory and Wellness Center also received an additional $100,000 from Louis and Anne Green in support of the work on this special project.
The objective of this new project is to expand and adapt existing evidence-based services and supportive programs of a university-based, dementia capable system to meet identified gaps in services to targeted populations. FAU’s Green Memory and Wellness Center will work in partnership with the Palm Beach County Department of Community Services, Division of Senior Services, Artis Senior Living in Boca Raton, Fla., and Santa Ana Circle also in Boca Raton, Fla.
“Our faculty are at the forefront of research and best practices in care for individuals who have Alzheimer’s disease and other related disorders,” said Marlaine Smith, Ph.D., R.N., dean and professor and Helen K. Persson Eminent Scholar in FAU’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing. “We are so proud of their many contributions and accomplishments. This grant and matching gift from Mr. and Mrs. Green is a testament to their groundbreaking work in this field, and we are most grateful for the support we have received for this project.”
María de los Ángeles Ordóñez, DNP, ARNP/GNP-BC, director of FAU’s Green Memory and Wellness Center, is the principal investigator of the grant and will work alongside Debra Hain, Ph.D., ARNP/GNP-BC, co- investigator and associate professor in FAU’s College of Nursing.
“We are so thankful to receive this important grant from the Administration on Aging and the matching gift from Mr. and Mrs. Green who have been longtime supporters of their namesake,” said Ordóñez. “This important award and matching gift will enable us to take our dementia-specific, nurse-managed model of care into medically underserved communities who are in great need of these services.”
The overall project goal is to expand access to dementia-specific, person/family-centered programs with the aim of transforming existing models of care, support, education and community outreach. Program objectives include providing and facilitating dementia-specific care coordination services for community-residing older adults with moderate to severe AD and related dementias (ADRD) living alone or with a caregiver; facilitating healthcare services that address physical, cognitive and mental health needs of homebound aging individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities with or at risk of ADRD; and establishing, cultivating, and sustaining trusting relationships that encourage disclosure of caregiver needs.
The project team also will develop and implement dementia-specific care “Train-the-Trainer” programs for healthcare professionals and direct care staff of individuals with ADRD and their caregivers.
“We expect to develop and distribute products to enhance program marketing, outreach, and sustainability of the programs and services we will be providing,” said Hain. “The success of this program is intended to meet the critical care needs of our growing vulnerable, culturally diverse aging ADRD population.”
Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States affecting 5.3 million people, and the fifth leading cause of death for those age 65 and older. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, the number of Americans with AD and other dementias will grow each year as the size and proportion of the U.S. population age 65 and older continue to increase. In 2015, AD and other dementias cost the nation an estimated $226 billion and by 2050, these costs could rise as high as $1.1 trillion.
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