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Bringing Medical Help to Rural Areas Overwhelmed by Opioid Abuse

Innovative solutions are popping up from medical schools and teaching hospitals to help small-town physicians treat opioid addictions in their communities. This article looks at steps the academic medical community is taking, like training rural physicians and other providers to qualify for waivers to prescribe buprenorphine for medication-assisted treatment (MAT).

Source: Association of American Medical Colleges   June 2017

Dementia Friendly Toolkit

This toolkit provides a guide to community leaders in adopting dementia friendly practices across all sectors. From memory loss supports, to informed emergency planning, to meaningful community engagement, this resource walks the user through the four steps of convene, engage, analyze and act to foster dementia friendliness. Designed to adapt to fit a community’s individual needs and complement other project management processes towards a desired outcome to foster quality of life for those living with dementia and their caregivers.

Source: Dementia Friendly America  

Pharmacies Thrive Selling Opioids For Depressed Small Town Pain

Small, rural communities across America are facing substantial economic downturns, yet many of these same towns have multiple thriving pharmacies. This article from Kaiser Health News details the example of one Kentucky community, Clay County, which has experienced staggering numbers of prescriptions for painkillers, almost enough for 150 does per resident. Health factors behind these numbers are analyzed and the cause and effect of the many forms of pain at the foundation of opioid addiction.

Source: Kaiser Health News   February 2017

Giving Voice Chorus Initiative

The Giving Voice Chorus (GVI) program is designed to make social and creative opportunities available to people with Alzheimer’s disease who live outside care facilities, and to their caregivers. The Chorus brings together singers of all abilities in weekly rehearsals and public performances. The program also seeks to contribute to the emerging research on dementia and music. GVI offers a toolkit on their website, to equip other organizations with starting a Voice Chorus in their community.

Source: Giving Voice Initiative  

Translation of Alzheimer’s Disease Research: Opportunities for Private Philanthropy

This report offers guidance to philanthropic leaders on the challenges and opportunities associated with translational research in Alzheimer’s disease. It also looks at how to invest most effectively in developing cures, treatments, and other interventions with a goal to reduce, and potentially eliminate Alzheimer’s disease and it's impact on our nation, our families and our communities. Compiled as a joint effort of The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation, the Santa Barbara Foundation, and the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR).

Source: American Federation for Aging Research   December 2016

 

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