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Regenstrief and IU study investigates older adults' views on cancer screenings

March 11, 2013 -- A study from the Regenstrief Institute and the Indiana University Center for Aging Research has found that many older adults are hesitant to halt cancer screenings even when the screenings may no longer be beneficial or may even be potentially harmful. The study is among the first to explore older adults’ perceptions of recommendations to halt screenings for breast, prostate, colon and other cancers as they age.

Network's 'it takes a village' approach improves dementia care and informs research, study shows

November 19, 2012 -- The approach of the Indianapolis Discovery Network for Dementia -- with contributions from family members, community advocates, health care systems and researchers -- improves dementia care and informs dementia research, according to a new study by researchers from the Regenstrief Institute and the Indiana University Center for Aging Research.

IU and Regenstrief to collaborate with 19 Indiana nursing facilities to improve care

October 11, 2012 -- A multi-million-dollar award from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, or CMS, will enable Indiana University and Regenstrief Institute clinician-researchers to work with 19 central Indiana nursing facilities to improve the quality of care, reduce hospitalizations and increase access to palliative care for long-stay nursing facility residents.

Study provides roadmap for delirium risks, prevention, treatment, prognosis and research

September 18, 2012 -- Delirium, a common acute condition with significant short- and long-term effects on cognition and function, should be identified as an indicator of poor long-term prognosis, prompting immediate and effective management strategies, according to the authors of a new systematic evidence review.

Let's talk: The nature of the health care surrogate-clinician relationship

August 8, 2012 -- A new study from the Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University School of Medicine examines the relationship between family members who make decisions for hospitalized older adults with impaired cognition and the doctors, nurses and other clinicians who care for these patients.

Scientists mount genome research initiative to unlock Alzheimer’s genetic secrets

July 2, 2012 -- The genetic secrets of Alzheimer’s disease are hiding in our DNA. Researchers at Indiana University School of Medicine and colleagues across the country are mounting a revolutionary new research project to find them.

Study finds race has an impact on both enrollment and disenrollment in hospice care

June 25, 2012 -- Although use of hospice services is increasing dramatically, a study led by Regenstrief Institute investigator Kathleen T. Unroe, M.D., MHA, an assistant research professor of medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine, has found that nonwhite Medicare patients with heart failure are 20 percent less likely to enroll in hospice than their white counterparts.

Aging Brain Care model receives $7.8 million in CMS innovation funding

June 21, 2012 -- A $7.8 million Health Care Innovation Award to Indiana University from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), will expand the Aging Brain Care model developed by researcher-clinicians from the IU Center for Aging Research and the Regenstrief Institute. Based upon a successful pilot study conducted at Wishard Health Services, the new program will serve more than 2,000 Medicare beneficiaries with dementia or late-life depression who live in Marion County, Ind., evaluating the ability of the ABC program to deliver better health care to older adults.

Study: Willingness to be screened for dementia varies by age but not by sex, race or income

June 19, 2012 -- The first study to examine the actual willingness of older adults to be screened for dementia has found that acceptance of screening is pervasive, although it varies by age. However, willingness to be screened for dementia does not differ by sex, race or income level.

Study: Free, user-friendly 'blood pressure cuff' for dementia is reliable and valid

June 14, 2012 -- A new study shows that a practical clinical tool developed by researchers from the Regenstrief Institute and the Indiana University School of Medicine to measure severity of dementia symptoms is reliable and valid. The Healthy Aging Brain Care Monitor is simple, user-friendly and sensitive to change in symptoms.

2012 Memory University begins June 7

June 5, 2012 -- The Indiana Alzheimer Disease Center at Indiana University School of Medicine will present the fourth annual Memory University from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Thursdays in June in the auditorium at Riley Outpatient Center, 575 Riley Hospital Drive, Indianapolis.

Dementia care model that reduces hospitalizations successfully translated into practice

May 31, 2012 -- An innovative model of dementia care that significantly reduces emergency department visits and hospitalizations, and encourages use of medications that are not harmful to older brains, has now been used to treat over 1,000 patients. The Aging Brain Care model was developed by researcher-clinicians from the Regenstrief Institute and the Indiana University School of Medicine.

Individuals With Dementia More Likely to Die at Home Than in Nursing Homes

May 14, 2012 -- A new study from the Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University has found that, at time of death, individuals with dementia are more likely to be living at home than in a nursing home. This contradicts the commonly held view that most individuals with dementia in the United States eventually move to nursing homes and die there.

Study: Alzheimer's drug fails to reduce significant agitation

May 2, 2012 -- A drug prescribed for Alzheimer’s disease does not ease clinically significant agitation in patients, according to a new study conducted by researchers from the U.K., U.S. and Norway. This is the first randomized controlled trial designed to assess the effectiveness of the drug (generic name memantine) for significant agitation in Alzheimer’s patients.

Regenstrief extending successful aging brain care model globally

May 2, 2012 -- The resources developed for an innovative collaborative model of dementia care, which reduces emergency room and hospital visits and improves the quality of care for those with dementia, are now available to institutions, clinicians and caregivers around the globe with the establishment of the Aging Brain Care Program. The ABC Program is the first initiative of the new Senior Health Implementation Center at the Regenstrief Institute.

Awards to five IU School of Medicine physicians address critical need for geriatricians

April 27, 2012 -- Five Indiana University School of Medicine geriatricians are among only 83 advanced fellows and junior faculty members nationwide who will share in $2.5 million in career development awards from The John A. Hartford Foundation. The IU School of Medicine was one of the top-funded institutions.

Regenstrief and IU Conduct First Study of Screening for Cognitive Impairment in Hospitals

April 19, 2012 -- Neither screening for cognitive impairment nor screening followed by computerized alerts to the health care team improved patient outcome according to the first randomized, controlled study of care provided to hospitalized patients with cognitive impairment.

Callahan Honored for Improving Health of Older Adults in Their Doctors’ Offices

April 12, 2012 -- Regenstrief Institute investigator Christopher Callahan, M.D., Cornelius and Yvonne Pettinga Professor in Aging Research at Indiana University School of Medicine and director of the IU Center for Aging Research, will receive the 2012 National Award for Career Achievement and Contribution to Clinical and Translational Science to be presented at Translational Science 2012 in Washington, D.C., April 18 to 20.

Regenstrief Institute Investigator Recognized as a Top New Geriatrics Investigator

March 26, 2012 -- Regenstrief Institute investigator Noll Campbell, PharmD, has been chosen by the American Geriatrics Society to receive a Merck/American Geriatrics Society 2012 New Investigator Award. He is the first doctor of pharmacy to receive this award, which is designed to recognize individuals who are committed to a career in aging research.

Geriatrician from Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University Honored

February 14, 2012 -- In recognition of his significant contributions to the health care of older adults, Regenstrief Institute investigator Malaz Boustani, M.D., MPH, associate professor of medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine, will receive the 2012 American Geriatrics Society Outstanding Scientific Achievement for Clinical Investigation Award. The honor will be presented at the American Geriatrics Society annual meeting in Seattle in May.