Project I-AADAPT: Identify and Address Alzheimer’s and Dementia in Adults with IDD through Prevention and Training

IAADAPT: Identify and address Alzheimer's and dementia in adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities through prevention and training

The Sonoran UCEDD was awarded a grant from the Arizona Attorney General’s Office for Project I-AADAPT: Identify and Address Alzheimer’s and Dementia in Adults with intellectual and State of Arizona Attorney General Logodevelopmental disabilities through Prevention and Training. The goal of the project is to address an emerging trend and the associated challenges of aging individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) – the early onset of Alzheimer’s disease and detecting dementia symptoms with pre-existing cognitive and neurological conditions.

Core faculty and staff from the Sonoran Center for Excellence in Disabilities became certified through the National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities & Dementia Practices (NTG) as NTG Affiliated Regional Trainers for Dementia Capable Care of Adults with Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia .

The Dementia Capable Care curriculum was then adapted to specific audiences (families, service providers and clinicians) by the I-AADAPT team with the Sonoran UCEDD Community Advisory Council Aging Workgroup including representatives from the Arizona Developmental Disabilities Planning Council and Alzheimer’s Association.

The I-AADAPT project began in Fall 2016, and to date has provided:

  • The I-AADAPT modified NTG Dementia Capable Care Training, a nationally recognized training program, to over 430 family members and care providers across Arizona;
  • NTG regional trainer workshop, and
  • 38 member Task Force formation with local partners to improve the support capacity in Arizona

The Task Force has three goals:I-AADAPT Trainers

  • Education/Practical Guide
  • Networking and Policy
  • Cultural/Consideration

NTG Affiliated Regional Trainers Available for Training, Consultation and Technical Advice:

Anand, Rita
Email: rita@beyondgoldenera.com         
Phone: 646-246-3146     
County: Maricopa           

Berry, Ron
Email: da-berrys@msn.com       
Phone: 520-419-9411     
County: Pima    

Bryant, Reed     
Email: reedb@safsaz.com           
Phone: 520-512-0200     
County: Pima    

DuRoy-Cunningham, Denise
Email: deniduroy@gmail.com    
Phone: 520-975-8052     
County: Pima

Kushner, Melissa
Email: melissakushner@email.arizona.edu          
Phone: 520-603-3051     
County: Maricopa

Lee, Eugenia (Janie)
Email: zeniaskids@gmail.com; elee@dependablehealth.com
Phone: 520-471-3330    
County: Pima    

Nazifi, Linda
Email: lindanazifi@yahoo.com  
Phone: 520-849-4818     
County: Pima

Sansom, Ariel    
Email: ariel@dsnetworkaz.org  
Phone: 602-881-5581     
County: Maricopa

Tomasa, Lynne 
Email: ltomasa@email.arizona.edu         
Phone: 520-626-7823     
County: Pima    

Turner, Tamara
Email: tturne@midwestern.edu
Phone: 623-572-3606     
County: Maricopa           

Webb, Justin
Email: jwebb@hozhoni.com      
Phone: 951-660-1449     
County: Coconino

Task Force Members Available for Technical Advice:

Jacobson, Froma        
Email: fjacob@midwestern.edu; fcummi@midwestern.edu
Phone: 480-861-6114     
County: Maricopa

Williamson, Heather      
Email: Heather.Williamson@nau.edu    
Phone: 813-924-9481     
County: Coconino

 

Additional Resources:

[Will be available soon]

 

Project I-AADAPT Team:

Yumi Shirai, PhD - Principal Investigator
Tammie Bassford, MD - Co-Principal Investigator
Melissa Kushner, MSW - Project Coordinator
Lynne Tomasa, PhD - Curriculum Consultant

For more information about Project I-AADAPT, please contact Dr. Yumi Shirai at yumish@email.arizona.edu.