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2020 Pilot Awards for Global Brain Health Leaders (GBHI)

Optimizing Brain Health for Care Partners: An Educational Curriculum

Krystal Culler, DBH
Menorah Park Foundation
Beachwood, OH - United States

Past studies suggest that caring for individuals with dementia can present several challenges for caregivers, often impacting their physical and emotional health. Consequently, this could impact the quality of care delivered to their care recipients. Dr. Krystal Culler’s project aims to fill a current gap in available services within the community by providing education on risk reduction to care partners of individuals with early-state memory loss or mild cognitive impairment (a condition with subtle memory loss that may precede dementia, including Alzheimer’s dementia). Studies suggest that actively- as available – utilizing respite care (planned or emergency care provided to offer short-term relief to caregivers), support services as well as the ability for early detection and diagnosis, have beneficial outcomes for both the person living with dementia and the caregiver, when accessible. Dr. Culler’s project will build an educational curriculum for timely dissemination of information to the care partners of individuals with early stage memory loss or mild cognitive impairment. If successful, the study results could provide support and promote wellbeing of caregivers.

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