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Fifth Annual Grant Winners 2004-2005

Soledad Arguelles, Ph.D., Fischler Graduate School of Education and Human Services
Maryellen Maher, Ph.D., Fischler Graduate School of Education and Human Services
Leonard Levy, Ph.D., HPD - College of Osteopathic Medicine
Fran L. Tetunic, JD, Shepard Broad Law Center

Dean H. Wells Singleton, Fischler Graduate School of Education and Human Services
Dean Anthony Silvagni, HPD - College of Osteopathic Medicine
Dean Joseph Harbaugh, Shepard Broad Law Center

Title: Efficacy of Multi Disciplinary Training Modules on Alzheimer’s Special Care Staff


Based on data from the Alzheimer’s Association, the number of new Alzheimer cases each year will more than double, from a little over 400,000 a year in 2000 to nearly 1 million a year by 2050. The focus of this study will be to provide a multi-disciplinary training model to resident staff to improve their skills and knowledge levels in an effort to improve services to Assisted Living/Special Care residents with Alzheimer’s or related dementia. The study will be conducted at an Assisted Living Facility which incorporates a Special Care Unit. Three distinct and separate NSU units will coordinate their resources to produce a series of training modules (i.e., Behavior Management, Systems Planning, Communication, Conflict Resolution, and Medical Orientation). Both formative and summative evaluations will be conducted.