Session Title: Alzheimer's Disease (AD) including Non-Cognitive Aspects
BENEFITS OF AN ALZHEIMER´S DISEASE RESEARCH PROGRAM IN A LONG-TERM CARE FACILITY
S. Gilster, J. Dalessandro
Research is increasingly being conducted in long-term care to examine the benefits of specific programs, as well as the effects of pharmacological treatment. The Alois Alzheimer Center, a free-standing Alzheimer's disease and dementia facility, began conducting research in 1988. This 102 bed facility, housing a continuum of care, was an ideal setting for research with sufficient numbers of participants and individuals in varying stages of the disease process. A protocol review and research procedure was developed, using existing university affiliations for education and research to enhance the long-term care research capacity. The research conducted over the past 19 years has been of benefit to all involved, including residents, families and staff. The program has grown to include collaborative efforts with other individuals, organizations and institutions to enhance the number of projects and learning. All information is shared by the Alois Alzheimer Center through national and international presentations and publications.