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Release: July 20, 2000

UI receives award for Iowa Alzheimer's disease demonstration project

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Center on Aging and the UI College of Nursing, along with other statewide organizations, have received a three-year, nearly $328,000 renewable grant from the Administration on Aging for an Alzheimer's disease project.

The project is a collaborative effort among the UI Center on Aging, the UI College of Nursing, the Iowa Department of Elder Affairs, Iowa Chapters of the Alzheimer's Association, and statewide Offices on Aging. The grant is designed to enhance service delivery to people with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias who live in rural areas.

Janet Specht, Ph.D., UI assistant professor of nursing, is the project director, and Geri Hall, Ph.D., associate director for policy and outreach at the UI Center on Aging, is the co-director. The project features a community-action program model designed by Barbara Newhouse, executive director of the Big Sioux Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.

Hall said the project will help rural communities organize and develop specialized services for citizens who have dementia. The project will use unique nursing case management services and telehealth in-home visits in addition to generally available services such as home-making and home-delivered meals.

"The grant is unique because it is a model for getting communities to come together to problem-solve," Hall said. 'The grant will serve people from eight Iowa counties: Boone, Cedar, Henry, Ida, Iowa, Louisa, Madison and Monona."

The federal award of nearly $328,000 to the UI represents 72.1 percent of the total project funding. The non-federal contribution from the university and other agencies participating in the project is 27.9 percent, or nearly $133,000.

The Center on Aging is co-sponsored by the UI College of Medicine and the UI College of Public Health.


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