The National Alzheimer's Association has given the University of Utah a $90,000 grant to advance research on videotapes to aid home care of Alzheimer's victims.
Called "video respite," the technique employs videotapes designed to engage the attention of a person with Alzheimer's disease and provide the family caregiver with respite from the constant attention demand.Earlier research at the U. concentrated on videos that were personalized for each family. Dr. Robert D. Hill, assistant professor of educational psychology and co-investigator on the grant, says it will allow study of the effectiveness of generic tapes that could be used by millions of patients and their caregivers.
Until now, the project was funded by the University Research Committee and the College of Nursing.
Other research participants are co-principal investigator Dale A. Lund, director of the U. Gerontology Center; research assistant and professor of nursing Michael Caserta and Dr. Scott D. Wright, associate professor of family and con-sumer studies.
Though still the subject of research, copies of a generic tape "Video Respite: Favorite Things" are available for purchase from the Gerontology Center, Room 316 at the College of Nursing at the U., 581-8198.