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Texas A&M: Center for Population Health and Aging Researching Technology-based Interventions to Improve Care for Those with Dementia

With a mission to promote healthy aging and reduce preventable negative health consequences and costs, the Texas A&M Center for Population Health and Aging takes a life-course approach to improve the lives of Texans and others throughout the nation and world. In the past few years, the Center has focused on an extremely vulnerable population: persons with dementia and their caregivers.

The Center is lead by co-directors Drs. Marcia Ory, and Matthew Lee Smith, of the Texas A&M School of Public Health. Dr. Ory was invited to present expert testimony to the Texas House Committee on Public Health on “Addressing Burdens of Care for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders.” She summarized what was known and what still needs to be known, especially in terms of the implementation and dissemination of innovative interventions that help caregivers better manage daily dementia care demands while simultaneously promoting maximum independence and quality of life for persons with dementia.

With a variety of state and national funding sources, including the Texas Alzheimer’s Research and Care Consortium, the Administration for Community Living and the National Institute on Aging, the center is embarking on several interrelated research projects to better understand the need for and impact of various behavioral, technological, environmental or social service organizational interventions.

The center is working on several research projects, including:  Helping Caregivers through a Web-based Delivery System; Assessing Dementia Patient Monitoring Technology; and Promoting Active Living through Dementia-Friendly Communities that will advance knowledge of how technology and the environment impact dementia-related behaviors and care needs.

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