The Alzheimer’s Association funds research that aims to improve the lives of caregivers as well as the dementia patients they serve.
Amanda Leggett, PhD, an assistant research professor at the University of Michigan, has received $150,000 from the US nonprofit’s Dementia Care Provider Roundtable (AADCPR) to support an investigation into different styles of caregiving . His research will focus on the impact of different approaches to care on the health outcomes of caregivers and patients, including those with Alzheimer’s disease.
“Our goal is to individualize treatment recommendations and interventions for caregivers, which could lead to lower levels of care-related stress and improved quality of life for both members of the care partnership,” said Leggett in a press release. “I am grateful to the Alzheimer’s Association Dementia Care Providers Roundtable for their commitment to this important work. »
The funding is part of $242,056 Leggett received through the association’s Advancing Research on Care and Outcome Measurements (ARCOM) grant program, which aims to improve dementia care through psychosocial research.
Leggett is also a faculty member of the Michigan Center for Group Dynamics Research at the Institute for Social Research.
The four-year-old AADCPR is a consortium of thought leaders in the field of dementia care providers who aim to improve care and support for patients and caregivers. The group includes 23 organizations that represent home care, home health, life planning communities, nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
One of the ways the consortium hopes to achieve its goals is through the dissemination and adoption of evidence-based recommendations from the Alzheimer’s Association Dementia Care Practice Recommendations.
These recommendations outline quality care practices based on a comprehensive review of up-to-date evidence, best practices and expert opinion. Presented in a 152-page document, they have been developed to better define quality care in all care settings and throughout the course of the disease.
“Roundtable members are committed to advancing our knowledge and improving care for people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias in all care settings,” said Lakelyn Hogan, PhD, Chair of the AADCPR. “We are proud to support research that aims to improve care and outcomes for people with dementia and their caregivers.
Symptoms of stress in caregivers of patients with Alzheimer’s disease often include isolation, anger, denial, depression, burnout, brain fog, and other health issues.
The Alzheimer’s Association is working to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias through global research funding. It also offers programs that support patients, their families and caregivers.