Grant to Improve Training for Professionals Caring for Those with Alzheimer’s Disease

May. 22, 2012

The Finger Lakes Geriatric Education Center (FLGEC) at the University of Rochester Medical Center was awarded grant funds to enhance training and education for professionals who assess and care for people with Alzheimer’s Disease.

FLGEC earned a Supplemental Funding Grant for Education from the Health Resources and Services Administration. Funding consists of approximately $135,000 over two years, made possible through the federal National Alzheimer’s Project Act. The award will help FLGEC develop additional training that incorporates new materials and information developed under the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease, including guidelines for care and new screening and assessment tools.

FLGEC is led by Jurgis Karuza, Ph.D., is program director, and Thomas Caprio, M.D., M.P.H., Project Co-Director.

Projects under the grant will target physicians and other health care professionals across the Finger Lakes region and provide a significant boost in the quality and scope of continuing professional education related to Alzheimer’s Disease and working with patient families and caregivers.

This successful grant application represents collaboration between the FLGEC, the University of Rochester Geriatric Training Program for Physicians, Dentists, and Behavioral and Mental Health Professions, the Rochester/Finger Lakes Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, and the Finger Lakes Alzheimer’s Disease Assistance Center.