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Aging & Dementia Care

Aging & Dementia Care

Approach To Aging That Stands The Test Of Time

In 15 years, 1 in 5 Americans will be 65 or older. And by 2040, perhaps 28 million will be 80 or older. Improving care for the elderly and defining nursing’s lead role won’t wait until then.

Hopkins Nursing’s Center for Innovative Care in Aging is already leading the way through education (Behavioral Intervention: An Online Program that teaches the trailblazers, massive open online courses on dementia and psychological issues of older adults that reach tens of thousands across the globe); research (from fall prevention to dementia intervention to a “guided care” treatment approach), and practice (from CAPABLE, a program that keeps seniors safe in their own homes longer, to Fuld Fellows and the student-based Geriatric Interest Group, dedicated to enhancing knowledge on nurse roles and quality and safety of care). 

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  • Dementia Behavior Study
    Dementia Behavior Study

    Agitation, anger, anxiety, irritability, pacing, refusing needed help, or asking questions over and over are common behaviors in persons with dementia. Difficult to manage, they can negatively impact the quality-of-life of both the person with dementia and the family member. Study evaluates ways to help families manage challenging behaviors of persons with dementia who are living at home.

  • Community Aging in Place Advanced Better Living for Elders
    CAPABLE Study

    With the number of older adults expected to double to 71 million by 2030, reducing the societal burden of age-related chronic disease is crucial. This client-centered home-based intervention aims to increase mobility, functionality, and capacity to "age in place" for low-income older adults.

  • Cancer Patient Navigation Study
    Cancer Patient Navigation Study

    An investigation of whether Community Health Worker assistance will help cancer patients over the age of 60 who live in rural areas and the people who support them to have an improved experience during and after cancer treatment.

  • Healthy Patterns Sleep Study
    Healthy Patterns Sleep Study

    Over 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia, a progressive and irreversible neurodegenerative condition, affecting also close to 15 million family caregivers. The goal of this study is to educate both individuals with dementia and their caregivers about healthy sleeping patterns and ways to improve overall well-being.

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Addressing the Needs of the Community

Community programs and collaborations, such as the Isaiah Wellness Center and the Care Center at Bayview, address the needs of low-income, aging residents in Baltimore City.
The student-based Geriatric Interest Group (GIG) launched in 2004; the group currently has over 240 members. Learn More About GIG

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Aging—Tailoring care to meet the individual goals of older adults through the Community Aging in Place Advancing Better Living for Elders (CAPABLE) program. New results of Dr. Sarah Szanton’s CAPABLE study show reduced disability across demographics and potential to save national health dollars by decreasing disparities and helping older adults live safely in their homes.

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