Nurse Researcher Receives Grant to Study Faith-Based Support of Dementia Patients and Caregivers
Dr. Fayron Epps, assistant professor of nursing, received an Alzheimer’s Association Research Grant (AARG-D) for her project, “Dementia-Friendly Faith Villages to Support African American Families.” Dr. Epps and colleagues will design and test the feasibility of a dementia-friendly, faith village worship service. They will examine how dementia-friendly, faith village worship services support the well-being of caregivers and care recipients in two African American churches through observation, interviews, and surveys. A sample of thirty African American caregivers and persons living with dementia will be asked to attend six modified worship services together over six months.
The researchers hope this study will shed light on the significant role that churches play in the lives of African American family caregivers and persons living with dementia. They expect that this faith-based, family-oriented approach will promote a greater quality of life for these African American families.