DIMENSIONS Autumn 2001

Welcome to Our New Look

photo of Education and Information Transfer Core

Dimensions has a new look! After over 15 years of publication, we have decided to update our image. Dimensions now includes photos, two colors of ink, and a larger and different style font for easier readability.

Dimensions is a quarterly publication produced by the Education and Information Transfer Core of the University of Washington Alzheimer's Disease Research Center (ADRC). It is distributed to over 6,000 readers, including friends and family of people with dementia, family and professional caregivers, and health care professionals. The Dimensions newsletter is also available online at the UW ADRC website at http://depts.washington.edu/adrcweb.

The Education and Information Transfer Core is directed by Dr. Linda Teri. Its specific aims are to plan and conduct professional and public educational programs on AD and related disorders, disseminate training materials on AD and related disorders, and provide information and education on AD to under-served populations.

During the past year, the Education Core has coordinated, co-sponsored, and participated in several Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) and Continuing Medical Education (CME) programs. It has also been an active partner with the Northwest Geriatric Education Center (NWGEC), the Alzheimer's Association, the UW Institute on Aging, the School of Nursing de Tornyay Center on Healthy Aging, and the University of Washington Retirement Association (UWRA). These programs have included ADRC and non-ADRC faculty, targeting physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals to enhance their care of patients with AD and their knowledge of AD research.

The Education Core also holds annual Alzheimer's disease public forums. The most recent forum was held on May 2, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Shoreline Conference Center. Over 200 people attended! Topics included: Dr. Tom Bird, professor of Neurology on "Alzheimer's disease: What we know NOW about what causes it", and Dr. James Leverenz, assistant professor of Neurology and Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences on "Alzheimer's disease: How to treat it? Recent advances in medical treatment and patient care."

In addition to Dimensions, the Education Core also distributes its booklet, Understanding Alzheimer's Disease, and its video tape training program, Understanding and Managing Behavior Problems in AD and Related Disorders. Several hundred copies are requested and disseminated yearly. The Core has also begun production of a new videotape and manual training program: STAR: Staff Training in Assisted Living Residences. This program targets nurses' aides and other support staff in assisted living residences, providing them with a basic understanding of Alzheimer's disease and related disorders, as well as systematic approaches to improving care and reducing behavior problems.

Another major focus of the Education Core is outreach to under-served communities, with a focus on providing training to residential care providers and family caregivers in rural areas. In the past year, ADRC faculty have conducted educational presentations and workshops for family and professional caregivers in Walla Walla, Washington, Bozeman, Montana, and Cody, Wyoming. We have also provided educational presentations and materials to the Blackfeet Indian tribe in Browning, Montana.

We welcome your feedback and comments about the Dimensions newsletter. Please contact Julie Cleveland at (206) 616-5545 or jcleve@u.washington.edu.

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