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Williams’ Use of Technology to Help Caregivers Improve Quality of Life for Dementia Patients Highlighted in Gazette Article

Kristine Williams

University of Iowa study offers tools for dementia patients, caregivers

By Chelsea Keenan | The Gazette | 2/28/2016

About two years ago, Patricia Boggs noticed something was off with her husband, Mike. He was agitated, nervous and forgetful.

The Sioux City couple started looking for answers, scheduling doctors appointments and meeting with specialists in Iowa and Nebraska. They eventually got a diagnosis: Alzheimer’s disease.

From there, Boggs said they went from zero to 60 in terms of care and treatment.

“But this is a progressive disease — the journey is a challenge,” Patricia said.

“I have taken over giving him his medication. I’m in charge of finances, cooking and transportation. He still is a very capable person and he can carry on a conversation.”

Since Mike’s diagnosis, Patricia has done a good deal of research on the disease, joined a caregivers support group and worked to advocate on Mike’s behalf.

That’s how she came across a University of Iowa study for dementia patients and their caregivers.

The four-year study, funded by a $1.9 million National Institutes of Health grant, is reviewing telehealth’s effectiveness when giving support to caregivers of dementia patients, said Kristie Williams, the study’s principal investigator as well as a registered nurse and professor of gerontological nursing in the University of Iowa’s College of Nursing.

Participants are given an iPad mini with a special app that allows the caregiver to record situations where he or she may have questions on how best to handle an incident.

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Mar 1st, 2016