June 30, 2004 | Beverly Healthcare and the Donald W. Reynolds Center on Aging at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) share a common goal – finding a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. But finding a cure for this devastating illness is a slow and difficult process. Therefore, both entities are challenged with providing care for persons who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. Beverly Healthcare and the
At a recent luncheon, representatives from Beverly Healthcare presented a check for $80,000 to Cornelia Beck, Ph.D., R.N., director of the
The money will provide four $20,000 grants to supplement the work of four young researchers. The Beverly Healthcare gift will supply startup funds while these researchers secure federal funding, a process that can take up to two years.
Beck said the four studies underway are research on the relationship of sleep and cognitive ability, end-of-life care for Alzheimer’s patients, computer-assisted stimulating activity and quality of life for patients in long-term care facilities. These studies are being conducted by Dean Blevins, Ph.D., Catherine Cole, D.N.Sc., Sunghee Tak, Ph.D., R.N., and Pao-Feng Tsai, Ph.D., R.N.
“This funding from Beverly Healthcare is critical for these junior researchers,” Beck said. “They can begin their specific Alzheimer’s related studies immediately, remaining totally focused until additional funding is secured from federal sources.”
At the luncheon, Beverly Healthcare was represented by Patrice Acosta, senior vice president of Quality of Life Programs and a Reynolds Center on Aging Advisory Board member; Chris Landers, regional vice president; and Ed McMahon, Ph.D., director of Alzheimer’s Care and Quality of Life.
UAMS was represented by Chancellor I. Dodd Wilson, M.D.; David A. Lipschitz, M.D., Ph.D., chairman of the Department of Geriatrics in the College of Medicine and director of the Reynolds Center on Aging; Claudia Beverly, Ph.D., R.N., director of the Arkansas Aging Initiative, associate director of the Reynolds Center on Aging, and director of the Hartford Center for Geriatric Nursing Excellence; Jeanne Wei, M.D., Ph.D., professor and executive vice chairman of the Department of Geriatrics in the College of Medicine; John Blohm, Vice Chancellor for Advancement; Sue Williamson, interim director of development for the Reynolds Center on Aging; Beck; and researchers Blevins, Cole, Tak and Tsai.
During the program, Acosta said that Beverly Healthcare is proud to partner with the
“As a leading provider of eldercare services, including Alzheimer’s care,
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