There are multiple opportunities for families, persons with memory loss/other chronic conditions, and care professionals to participate in research projects that seek to design and evaluate innovative programs.
The Porchlight Project
Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota’s Senior Companion Program matches volunteer older adults with clients in the community in order to provide respite and support with activities of daily living. Dr. Gaugler’s team at the University of Minnesota is collaborating with Lutheran Social Service to provide additional training on Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and memory loss to Senior Companions. If successful, we hope this project can serve as a model for other communities grappling with memory loss.