by Rebecca Logdson, PhD
Washington State Department of Social and Health Services Aging and Disability Services Administration (ADSA), was one of ten agencies recently awarded an “Alzheimer’s Disease Demonstration Grants to States” grant from the National Administration on Aging. ADSA will be overseeing a three-year project designed to improve the responsiveness of Washington State’s system of home and community-based services to the needs and preferences of individuals with dementia and their family caregivers by integrating dementia-capable services into existing state programs. These new and expanded services will be implemented by two participating Area Agencies on Aging (AAA), who will collaborate with the statewide Family Caregiver Support Program, nonprofit Alzheimer’s Disease organizations, and Adult Day Centers to develop an array of services including dementia specific day programs, and caregiver consultation and counseling services. The goals of the grant are to develop programs that will reduce caregiver distress and improve quality of life for both individuals with dementia and family caregivers. A team from the UW ADRC, led by Dr. Rebecca Logsdon, is providing consultation regarding the development and implementation of the program and will be evaluating the benefits of the program for both individuals with dementia and their caregivers. Proposals are currently being solicited from AAA’s, and will be reviewed in December, 2005, to identify agencies that will participate in the ongoing demonstration project. It is expected that expanded dementia community services in participating areas of Washington State will begin in early 2006.