The Center's longstanding commitment to geriatric research includes both the generation of new knowledge and the translation and implementation of knowledge in practice to advance the care and treatment of older people. We currently advance geriatric research through pilot project funding and partnerships within the university and community.
Generous donors support research that is administered by the Center. While donors' aims may vary, the overarching goal is to promote best gerontological practices. These initiatives include the Barbara and Richard Csomay Fund; the Woodrow W. Morris Gerontology Research Fund; and the Jo Hoyt Freeman Dementia Education and Outreach Fund. Projects funded in the last three years include:
- Jacinda Bunch and Heather Dunn: Rapid Response System Implementation Within a Long-Term Acute Care Hospital (LTACH)
- Clarissa Shaw: Resistiveness in Dementia: Nurse Communication in Acute Care
- Lynn Nakad: Attitudes of Older Persons with Chronic Low Back Pain towards Virtual Reality Distraction Therapy
- Chooza Moon: A Pilot for the Healthy Aging and HeaRT (H-ART) study
- Nai-Ching (Allison) Chi: Developing and Evaluating the Usability and Acceptability of the HOspice Pain management Enhancement (HOPE) Web-based Tool for Nurses and Family Caregivers
- Wen Liu: Development and Feasibility of Self-Eating Focused Care for Nursing Home Residents with Dementia
- Marianne Smith: Partnerships to Improve Care and Quality of Life for Persons with Dementia
The Center seeks to collaborate with a broad cross-section of community partners, interdisciplinary UI researchers, students, practitioners, and external stakeholders to identify and pursue funding opportunities that address key geriatric and gerontological issues. We engage with a diverse group of entities that share our vision for advancing optional aging through innovative technologies, practice, and products. Research promotion activities involve collaborations to identify funding opportunities, advance inter-disciplinary and community engagement, and build infrastructure to advance both discovery and translation to practice. We are constantly looking for new partners and invite all interested parties to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
During the course of conducting nursing research at the College of Nursing, scales and instruments have been developed to measure outcomes associated with nursing care and interventions for individuals with dementia, and their family and staff caregivers. The Center offers these for public use with the request that (1) the source is acknowledged, and (2) the Center is notified if the instrument is used for a funded project and outcomes are shared.
- Attitudes About Families Checklist (AFC): Tool | Instructions
- Caregiver Stress Inventory (CSI): Tool | Instructions
- Family Knowledge of Alzheimer’s Test (FKAT): Tool | Instructions
- Family Perceptions of Care Tool (FPCT): Tool | Instructions
- Family Perceptions of Caregiving Role (FPCR): Tool | Instructions
- Functional Abilities Checklist (FAC): Tool
- General Job Satisfaction Questionnaire (GJS): Tool
- Knowledge of Alzheimer’s Test (KAT): Tool | Instructions | Test Key
- Staff Perceptions of Caregiving Role (SPCR): Tool | Instructions
We acknowledge that instruments provided here are quite dated and terminology may not reflects current practices, including use of the term patient vs. person, and some descriptions of behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia. We invite users to adapt the tools to best assure respect for older adults and family members.