University of Oklahoma Gets $3.75M Grant to Enhance Dementia Care

University of Oklahoma Gets $3.75M Grant to Enhance Dementia Care
  To enhance care for the growing number of people with Alzheimer’s and other dementia, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center a $3.75 million grant. The grant will establish a partner-reliant program designed to better educate healthcare providers and caregivers in Oklahoma, and create dementia-friendly health systems. According to a University of Oklahoma news release, the state ranks relatively low in multiple quality of life and health categories for older adults. “Dementia, particularly Alzheimer’s disease, is much more prevalent in older adults,” said Lee Jennings, MD, who is co-leading the grant effort. “As the number of older Oklahomans increases, this disease will become more common. We don’t want people with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers to become isolated. We want communities and healthcare systems that are friendly to people with cognitive impairment and memory loss. We want people to thrive as long as they can, as best they can, with the support they need.” According to the Alzheimer’s Association, some 5.6 million individuals in the United States age 65 and older have the disease. That figure is expected to reach 7.1 million by 2025. Because of projected increases in that age group, Western and Southwestern states are expected to experience the biggest p
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