Good research is not very useful unless it manages to get out into the world. The best way for that to happen is through building relationships with community partners and colleagues in the field.
I’ve been working with some colleagues in the Orlando area to adapt well-established evidence-based interventions for dementia caregivers/care partners to better meet the needs of our local folks. We are working on that slow-but-steady shuffle towards that magical “translation” of research- moving it from books into real life practice settings.
Together with colleagues in the northern part of the state, I engaged with the Rosalynn Carter Center for Caregiving to add another tool to our toolbox- the Dealing with Dementia program. This is a whole different approach to CG interventions, but I think it has promise. The 4-hour workshop gives an orientation and practice time in using a giant resource and skills book. This may be the elusive answer to what we can do when the family that we meet lives in an area where there isn’t a referral to make for support or training. Data are being collected now by RCI, and I’ll be doing two public workshops in the next year in Orlando or the surrounding area, so stay tuned!