Just last week, we awarded a special type of grant we call an Every Day Technologies for Alzheimer’s Care grant to Dolores Gallagher-Thompson, Ph.D., professor of research in the department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at Stanford University for her project “Global Caregiving: iSupport for Dementia Family Caregivers.”
Caregiving for a family member with Alzheimer’s disease is a worldwide issue, and the needs of family caregivers far outpace the support from health systems, particularly in low and middle-income countries.
With this grant, Dr. Gallagher-Thompson is teaming up with the World Health Organization to develop an interactive, web-based caregiver support tool (iSupport) that is accessible via computer, tablet and mobile phone. Continue reading “New Every Day Technologies for Alzheimer’s Care Grant: Dr. Gallagher-Thompson, Stanford University” »
Pearl Marie Ellis
Hal Ellis first noticed his second wife, Pearl, when they worked together at the Amphenol Corporation in Los Gatos, Calif. The company’s annual inventory was in process — an immense undertaking that kept employees up into the early hours of the morning. Pearl, who had just started working at Amphenol, caught Hal’s attention with her kind and considerate nature.
“Around 12:30 a.m., Pearl brought in a tray of hot coffee and rolls for the workers,” Hal said. “It was a rare act of kindness for a new employee — or an employee anywhere.”
Pearl’s warm, nurturing personality was a distinguishing trait throughout her life, easily visible in both her personal and professional life — and in her eventual battle with dementia. Continue reading “A Life Marked by Love and Kindness” »
Many of you have seen headlines in the news that imply there is a new online test for Alzheimer’s disease. Created by researchers at Ohio State University, the test was made available online and the resulting news coverage led to so many people trying to access the test that it crashed OSU’s web site! Here’s a breakdown of the research about the Self-Administered Gerocognitive Examination (SAGE test), how it is administered and what the results actually mean.
Tests already exist that allow doctors to get a baseline measurement of cognitive function in their patients, so they can follow them and track change over time. However, they are not generally administered at home or in a community setting, but in a medical setting. Unfortunately, people with Alzheimer’s often wait years after their symptoms first appear to seek evaluation and treatment. Continue reading “Research in the news: A test for Alzheimer’s that you can take online?” »