Splaine Consulting Updates: June 2017

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A New Model of Alzheimer’s Disease Clinical Research

If you or a loved one has Alzheimer’s, you want a cure. Advancing research is critical to closing in on that cure. But for persons with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers, getting to a clinical trial is a tremendous barrier, a logistical nightmare, a near impossibility. Enter an innovative solution: Recruitment Partners.

In addition to his lead role at Splaine Consulting, Mike Splaine is also a Managing Partner of Recruitment Partners, a consulting firm which works to increase access to Alzheimer’s disease clinical research by bringing clinical trials TO the participants—not the other way around.

The Recruitment Partners Network includes nursing homes, assisted living facilities, adult day centers, dementia care professionals, and other care providers committed to bridging the gap between research and care by integrating clinical trial participation into community level care options. Want to learn more, join the Recruitment Partners Network, or sign up for the RP newsletter? TAKE ACTION.

unnamed (6)CDC Reports An Increase in Alzheimer’s Deaths at Home
A recent edition of the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) focused on US deaths from Alzheimer’s disease from 1999 to 2014. The 6th leading cause of death in the United States, Alzheimer’s comprised 3.6% of all 2014 deaths. Per the report, data showed a considerable increase in deaths at home: “The percentage of Alzheimer’s decedents who died in a medical facility (e.g., hospital) declined from 14.7% in 1999 to 6.6% in 2014, whereas the percentage who died at home increased from 13.9% in 1999 to 24.9% in 2014.” Read more here.
unnamed (1).pngWorld Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD): June 15, 2017
Via the USC Center on Elder Mistreatment, World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) was launched by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization at the United Nations. Its purpose? Provide “an opportunity for communities around the world to promote a better understanding of abuse and neglect of older persons by raising awareness of the cultural, social, economic and demographic processes affecting elder abuse and neglect.” Learn more about how you can participate in this important awareness-raising event.