/////Beverly Healthcare Presents $80,000 to UAMS for Alzheimer’s research
Beverly Healthcare Presents $80,000 to UAMS for Alzheimer’s research 2018-01-05T09:11:34+00:00

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 Reynolds Center on Aging are collaborating through research to develop ways to improve the care of these persons who live in nursing homes or assisted living facilities.


At a recent luncheon, representatives from Beverly Healthcare presented a check for $80,000 to Cornelia Beck, Ph.D., R.N., director of the Reynolds Center on Aging’s Memory Research Center, which is funded by the National Institute on Aging. Beck is also a professor in the College of Medicine’s Department of Geriatrics and Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and a professor in the College of Nursing.


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 UAMS Memory Research Center and the Hartford Center for Geriatric Nursing Excellence as they work to further research in Alzheimer’s disease.

“As a leading provider of eldercare services, including Alzheimer’s care, Beverly sees firsthand the impact Alzheimer’s has on those who have the disease, and those who experience the heartbreak of watching their loved ones gradually lose more and more of the world they have known,” Acosta said. “We are committed to working with communities, organizations and institutions of higher learning to address the needs of those who suffer from Alzheimer’s, and their families. Our partnership with UAMS is one way we can take an active role in the exciting research advances and care innovations.”

Beverly operates more than 100 Alzheimer’s care units that specialize in care for individuals who are in the disease’s middle stages. An additional 30 care units are being developed for those in the advanced stages of the disease.

The UAMS Memory Research Center opened in 2001, one of only 29 such centers in the nation to receive funding from the National Institutes of Health.  It also is the only center in the nation to be directed by a nurse, Cornelia Beck.

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