Senior Services assisting in dementia study

NEW MANCHESTER–Hancock County Senior Services is assisting West Virginia University in a study on caregivers of dementia patients in Appalachia.

“Given the success of our Family Alzheimer’s In-home Respite program, this effort is most appreciated,” said Executive Director E. Mark Knabenshue. “The public is unaware of the demands placed on family caregivers. Hopefully, this study aids in documenting pertinent issues related to caring for a loved one.”

The program is headed up by WVU nurse practitioner Kristina Childers, who said, “We are conducting research to find out what support services you may or may not use to help care for the person with dementia. The research survey takes less than 45 minutes to complete, and you can complete the survey at your home, and return the study to the researchers in a self-addressed stamped envelope.”

The caregiver and person with dementia must live in Appalachia, must be 18 years of age or older, must have a proper diagnosis, and must help the patient with home care, bathing, dressing, paying bills, shopping, transportation and emotional support.

Survey packets are available from Senior Services staff or the WVU School of Nursing. Call 304-293-6521 and ask for a packet to be mailed. A letter of permission also must be signed.