Social Welfare professor Dr. Lené Levy-Storms has received a grant from the Archstone Foundation to conduct a study titled: "Creating Caring Connections: An Interdisciplinary Intervention to Reduce Intergenerational and Intercultural Barriers to Communication among Caregivers for Persons with Dementia in Nursing Homes."
Levy-Storms will be testing the feasibility and preliminary outcomes of a communication training intervention for caregivers of persons with dementia in nursing homes. She will be working at The Los Angeles Jewish Home in Reseda, which has a dedicated Alzheimer's Care Unit.
The $50,000 grant will help fund a one-year study that will combine two evidence-based communication training programs and pilot its feasibility. Successful findings will lay a foundation for a larger, randomized control trial of its effectiveness.
"Positive results would include feasibly training both nursing aides (formal paid caregivers) and family members (informal, non-paid), how to communicate with both one another and with elders with dementia," Levy-Storms wrote in an email. "Especially positive results would indicate that training both sets of these caregivers together vs. separately demonstrates stronger effects."
Levy-Storms has been studying communication training for caregivers since 2000. As part of her ongoing policy work on non-pharmacological approaches to dementia care, Levy-Storms and other members of the Dementia Initiative released a white paper titled, “Dementia Care: The Quality Chasm” (http://www.ccal.org/docs/dementiacarethequalitychasm_020413.pdf).
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