Formerly IGSW News | VOLUME 24 | SPRING 2017

From the Director

In this issue

More on the Journey to Trumpcare
Plus Promising Alzheimer's Research and Training

By Bronwyn Keefe

Bronwyn KeefeIn this issue, more on the journey from Obamacare to potential Trumpcare. Robert Applebaum takes us for a ride on the healthcare-reform roller coaster, beginning at the roots of the current debate, then winding on to an uncertain future.

And, Alzheimer's disease continues to be an important focus. This issue provides a look at promising research efforts, based in the National Institute on Aging's nationwide network of research centers, with a perspective from leading researcher and clinician Peter Lichtenberg. From the National Institutes of Health are practical tips on how to help people who've just received a diagnosis of Alzheimer's. Below, our innovative new project to train homecare staff to identify and support people with dementia:

Health, independence, resilience for people with dementia and their families is the goal of the new community-based collaboration between CADER and the Executive Office of Elder Affairs in Massachusetts. With a grant from the Administration for Community Living, the project will strengthen the capacity of Massachusetts's home and community-based service system to provide dementia-capable services and supports. Homecare staff will receive advanced training to help them identify individuals with dementia and provide services that promote independence and well-being, mitigate conflict, and alleviate stress for families coping with dementia. Ultimately, the project is expected to positively affect the quality of life for thousands living with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias across the Commonwealth. We'll keep you posted.

Bronwyn Keefe, Ph.D., is research assistant professor, School of Social Work, Boston University. Scott Miyake Geron, director of CADER, is on sabbatical.

Boston University photo of Bronwyn Keefe, interim director of CADER

New CADER Course:
Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias of Aging

Alzheimer's disease poses one of the greatest challenges to our aging society. In this self-paced online course, you'll develop the skills you need as a provider of supports and services to older adults and families facing dementia. The course is based on the principles of person-centered care and incorporates the latest research and best practice in assessment, referral, and intervention. Visit the CADER website for more information or to sign up (use code ENEWS2017 for a 10 percent discount).

'I feel I have so much more to offer my clients and families now. Thank you.'

* individual courses * certificate programs * CEUs * programs for organizations *

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