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Mike Splaine & Kate Gordon Celebrate 20 Years as Partners
Splaine Consulting thrives due to the partnership we’ve forged over the past two decades. We look forward to continuing the work in support of aging, Alzheimer’s, and dementia policy, advocacy, and public health.
A few highlights of our Splaine Consulting team efforts:
- Alzheimer’s Association Public Health 2 year campaign leading to half the states public health campaigns acting on dementia
- Arthritis Foundation advocacy regeneration resulting in recruiting and activating a couple thousand new advocates
- Alzheimer’s Disease International regional and global plans & Alzheimer’s Universities training national advocates from over 50 countries
NIA-Funded Assisted Living Policy Study
State assisted living policy study “Do Assisted Living Regulations Matter for People with ADRD?” has been published. The study is funded by the NIA and led by Dr. Kali Thomas at Brown University.
Mike Splaine, owner and principal of Splaine Consulting, contributed to the study and provided expertise and insights on assisted living policies and practices, especially those concerning medical care, mental health services, and/or COVID-19.
Read about the Research Study Outcomes here:
- “Doing the Impossible with the Inadequate”: COVID-19 Response in U.S. Assisted Living Settings
- Medical and Mental Health Services in US Assisted Living Settings During COVID-19: Challenges and Opportunities
- Coronavirus Disease 2019 Regulatory Response in United States-Assisted Living Communities: Lessons Learned
Pass the ENACT Act
The Equity in Neuroscience and Alzheimer’s Clinical Trials (ENACT) Act (H.R. 3085/S. 1548) would increase the participation of underrepresented populations, specifically Blacks, Hispanics, Asian
Americans/Pacific Islanders, and Native Americans, in Alzheimer’s and other dementia clinical trials. The ENACT Act would improve education and outreach to underrepresented populations. The ENACT Act would also improve diversity among clinical trial staff, and eliminate or ease barriers to trial participation.
Share your support for the ENACT Act here: email your state legislators to ensure the ENACT Act passes.
June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month
In recognition of Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness month, The Alzheimer’s Association is hosting the Longest Day
event on June 20. Honor those living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers and come together for this fundraising event. Event participants choose a fundraising activity from cookouts, gardening, golf, and more! You can participate at home, online, or in-person.
Living Alone and Connected!
Living Alone and Connected! (LAAC) is an online community made for persons living alone with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. Through dynamic content and interactive online events, LAAC’s mission is to lessen the effects of the
existing social isolation many people with Alzheimer’s already faced, isolation that was exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Living Alone and Connected! hosts events and programs that include happy hours, live museum tours, arts nights, and educational presentations, all held live through the Facebook group. Through creativity we will create connectivity! You might live alone, but you don’t have to feel alone.
Living Alone and Connected! is a Facebook group hosted and moderated by Cognitive Solutions, LLC. Living Alone and Connected! is supported in part by a cooperative agreement #NV90ALGG0015 from the Administration on Aging (AoA), Administration for Community Living (ACL), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
If you, or someone you care for, has Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia and lives in a single household, please check out or share the Living Alone and Connected! Facebook group.
Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Policy Course
The Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Policy Certificate Course is from October 5th – November 9th, Tuesdays at 7pm – 9pm EST through the University of Massachusetts
Boston. The course is taught online by Kate Gordon and Mike Splaine. The course is designed for Gerontology and social work students, advocates, community care providers and other health and aged care professionals.
For more information, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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