AHN Aging Brain Care Program and Dementia Super Network
Allegheny Health Network
Areas served: Allegheny, Beaver, and Butler counties

Informal caregivers face significant stressors in the daily challenges of caring for loved ones with dementia. The existing medical model for dementia provides very little training to medical team members regarding the comprehensive needs of these individuals and their caregivers.

We will adopt an evidence-based model developed by Indiana University (Aging Brain Care, ABC) that integrates specialized staff persons into care teams to address the stress and burden of caregivers while also reducing avoidable emergency room use and other high cost services.

The project will improve the quality of life for those living with dementia and their caregivers in southwestern Pennsylvania and will provide specialized knowledge to a variety of medical professionals who come into contact with patients and caregivers. By building the ABC program initially in the Pittsburgh region, we have an opportunity improve equitable access to quality healthcare for the underserved patient and caregiver population within the local community.

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