College of Health Professions Awarded $1.9 Million Grant
For Research on Alzheimer's Caregivers in the Home
Jefferson's College of Health Professions (CHP) has received a five-year $1.9 million grant from the National Institute on Aging to develop and test ways to help family caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer's Disease or a related disorder who live at home.
Jefferson is one of six U.S. universities participating in this project, known as REACH (Resources for Enhancing Alzheimer's Caregiver Health). The grant is a result of a collaborative effort between the CHP Department of Occupational Therapy and the newly established Community and Homecare Research Division (CHORD) of the CHP Center for Collaborative Research, says Principal Investigator Laura N. Gitlin, PhD, CHORD Director.
The Jefferson study, which will be done in partnership with Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA), will test a home environmental skill-building program that involves occupational therapists.
Caregivers of individuals with mild-to-moderate dementia who live in the city of Philadelphia may be eligible to participate. For more information, call 215-503-2897.