Alzheimer's Disease International believes that the key to winning the fight against dementia lies in a unique combination of Global Solutions and local knowledge. As such, it works locally, by empowering Alzheimer associations to promote and offer care and support for people with dementia and their carers, while working globally to focus attention on dementia. ADI releases an annual report which focuses on a different dementia-related topic each year. The World Alzheimer's Report 2020: Design, Dignity, Dementia: Dementia-related design and the built environment recognized Abe's Garden® as a "paradigm-shifting environment." The year-long study provides a global perspective of dementia design progress, best practices, and pioneers and innovators across various spaces extending from residential care to public buildings. The report features 84 case studies from 27 countries; Abe’s Garden® is one of nine United States-based residential care center case studies featured in the report and is named a “groundbreaker” in dementia design.
In an effort to share findings and elevate dementia care, Abe’s Garden® Senior Director of Quality Analysis Chris Coelho, Andrew Sandler, PhD, and VCQA’s John Schnelle, PhD, and Sandra Simmons, PhD, co-authored two published research papers:
- “Managing Person Centered Dementia Care in an Assisted Living Facility: Staffing and Time Considerations” in Gerontologist, June 2017
- “A Quality Improvement System to Manage Feeding Assistance Care in Assisted-Living” in The Journal of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine (JAMDA), March 2018. An accompanying video can be viewed by clicking here.
Mariana G. Figueiro, Ph.D., Light and Health Program Director at the Lighting Research Center and Professor of Architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic, shares insight about promoting the right circadian stimulation for older adults at the right time.