The Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation recently awarded five grants to West Virginia University, through the WVU Foundation, totaling $540,000.
The School of Medicine received an appropriation of $90,000 to support Phase II of the West Virginia Coordinated Action, Response, Education and Support about Families Living with Dementia project. Phase I of the project previously received funding from the Benedum Foundation. Phase II will include the development of a website to connect patients and caregivers to resources in the state, partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association, AARP, and the Bureau of Senior Services, conducting training sessions with law enforcement officers and first responders, and working with the West Virginia Bankers Association to develop training and resources for banks related to signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. This initiative is the United States’ first statewide cross-sector collaborative whose goal is to improve quality of life for people living with dementia.