Welcome to the second issue of CenterPieces, the newsletter of the Center for Applied Research on Aging and Health. We dedicate this issue to the topic of dementia and family caregiving, a critical public health issue. There are 26 million individuals with dementia worldwide, and approximately 5 million individuals with the diagnosis in the US. This number may exceed 16 million in 2050.

For the past 15 years, CARAH has been in the forefront of developing and testing innovative approaches to supporting families in their heroic care efforts and enhancing the quality of life of affected individuals. CARAH’s current research focus is on testing nonpharmacological approaches to managing one of the most complex aspects of the disease, disruptive behaviors.

We remain deeply indebted to the many families who have shared their stories and knowledge with us so that we may learn from their experiences as we work together to identify the best approaches to manage the disease. In this issue, you will learn about research studies conducted at Jefferson and the important role of clinical trials in helping to identify effective dementia treatments.

If you are a caregiver, know someone who is caregiving, or a health provider working with families dealing with dementia, we invite you to contact us to learn more about participating in our studies. Call us at 215-503- 2897 or visit our web site at www.jefferson.edu/jchp/carah.

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