The University of Hawaii’s Center on Aging recently received a boost for its Alzheimer’s Disease Initiativein the form of a three-year grant for $1 million.

Hawaii was one of 11 states to receive a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the university announced in a release Thursday.

Dr. Christy Nishita, acting director of UH Manoa Center on Aging
Dr. Christy Nishita, acting director of UH Manoa Center on Aging UH Manoa

“We look forward to making the state more dementia-capable, and providing valuable and needed support for our Hawaii residents living with cognitive impairment, their families and caregivers,” said Dr. Christy Nishita, acting director of UH Manoa Center on Aging.

The Center on Aging will create a new Hawaii Brain Health and Dementia website, a one-stop resource for information, links and information about the grant activities, the release says.

The center will work with community partners and providers to target: community dwelling seniors and caregivers, including those with memory loss who live alone; primary-care providers and allied health professionals; persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities who develop memory loss; and those with moderate to advanced dementia, the release says.

There are 26,000 people age 65 and older with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias in Hawaii. This will grow to 35,000 by 2025, the release says. There are some 65,000 dementia caregivers in Hawaii who deliver 73 million hours of unpaid care, who need improved services and support, the release says.

Read more about the grant and how it will be used here.

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