WRITER: LINDSAY RUNYON
CONTACT: BECKY SOGLIN
2130 Medical Laboratories
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-6660; fax (319) 335-8034
Release: July 20, 2000
UI receives award for Iowa Alzheimer's disease demonstration project
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Center on Aging and the UI College
of Nursing, along with other statewide organizations, have received a three-year,
nearly $328,000 renewable grant from the Administration on Aging for an Alzheimer's
The project is a collaborative effort among the UI Center on Aging, the
UI College of Nursing, the Iowa Department of Elder Affairs, Iowa Chapters
of the Alzheimer's Association, and statewide Offices on Aging. The grant
is designed to enhance service delivery to people with Alzheimer's disease
and related dementias who live in rural areas.
Janet Specht, Ph.D., UI assistant professor of nursing, is the project director,
and Geri Hall, Ph.D., associate director for policy and outreach at the UI
Center on Aging, is the co-director. The project features a community-action
program model designed by Barbara Newhouse, executive director of the Big
Sioux Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.
Hall said the project will help rural communities organize and develop specialized
services for citizens who have dementia. The project will use unique nursing
case management services and telehealth in-home visits in addition to generally
available services such as home-making and home-delivered meals.
"The grant is unique because it is a model for getting communities
to come together to problem-solve," Hall said. 'The grant will serve
people from eight Iowa counties: Boone, Cedar, Henry, Ida, Iowa, Louisa, Madison
The federal award of nearly $328,000 to the UI represents 72.1 percent of
the total project funding. The non-federal contribution from the university
and other agencies participating in the project is 27.9 percent, or nearly
The Center on Aging is co-sponsored by the UI College of Medicine and the
UI College of Public Health.
University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the
UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care,
medical education and research programs and services they provide.