The number of those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia continues to rise as the baby boom generation ages. Researchers at the University of West Florida are actively involved in not only battling the devastating effects of those conditions, but also finding new methods of early detection and helping those who must care for those affected.
“This research is contributing important knowledge toward controlling and mitigating the effects of the extensive and debilitating diseases related to cognitive decline,” said Dr. Matthew Schwartz, assistant vice president of research administration at UWF. “University research and development are a vital part of developing better treatments and even cures for these diseases. UWF researchers are a part of that.”
Dr. Carla Thompson, professor and director of the UWF Community Outreach, Research and Learning Center, led a team of researchers studying the psychological and physical stressors suffered by the more than 16 million Americans who serve as unpaid caregivers to those with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
“Alzheimer's research is one of the most consequential of the manifold ways that UWF researchers engage UWF students in meaningful applied research, thus helping to create the next generation of scientific researchers, caregivers and informed citizenry,” Schwartz said.