Caregiver training to maintain dressing performance in persons with Alzheimer's

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: 1R43AG039172-01A1
Agency Tracking Number: R43AG039172
Amount: $150,288.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2011
Solicitation Topic Code: NIA
Solicitation Number: PA10-050
Small Business Information
DUNS: 956866784
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 (479) 632-4166
Business Contact
Phone: (479) 632-4166
Research Institution
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): People with dementia lose their abilities to perform psychomotor tasks, such as activities of daily living, when they do not use them. This loss results in lowered self-esteem and a reduced sense of control over self and personal space. We propose to develop a new tool for teaching caregivers about preserving functional ability during dressing. This tool includes a unique simulator that enables the caregiver to practice his or her dressing assistance skills by helping avirtual man who has moderate dementia get dressed. During this project, we will develop a prototype of this simulator as part of a complete Internet-based training program. We will test the efficacy of our training program in two nursing homes with twelvecaregivers. PUBLIC HEALTH RELEVANCE: Caregivers play an important role in maintaining independence and preserving the functional ability of people with dementia. Effective caregiver training on strategies that support independence improves quality of life for people with dementia and may delay their move to long-term care facilities.

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