New Research Offers Support for Dementia Caregivers

New Research Offers Support for Dementia Caregivers

Associate Professor Jung-Ah (Anna) Lee, PhD, RN, and co-authors have published new research identifying usages of computers and smartphones among Asian American dementia family caregivers for the development of dementia care education. The new study was published in Healthcare Informatics Research.

Expanding on her research efforts, Lee and her research team, along with several UCI undergraduate alumni, are offering dementia care education classes for Asian American underserved dementia caregivers at the OC Korean American Health Information and Education Center in Garden Grove and a Vietnamese American community center in Westminster.  The outreach programs began in the Fall and will continue in the Winter quarter. 

"There is a growing need within the Asian American community for dementia care.  For the most part, this care falls onto family members who many times are not education in how to properly care for dementia patients.  We are hoping, through this unique outreach program, to educate caregivers and ultimately elevate the quality of life for them and the loved ones they are caring for," said Lee.  

The dementia care education classes were made possible with funding support from UCI, the Institute for Clinical and Translational Science, ICTS (funded by National Institutes of Health, NIH) and the Arthur N. Rupe Foundation.