Department of Nursing Associate Professors, Norah Airth-Kindree and Debra Hofmann along with student nurse, Jackie Ganser and Practicum Coordinator, Lindsey Creapeau from the UW-Eau Claire Center for Health Administration and Aging Services Excellence (CHAASE) program are analyzing secondary data to validate the hypothesis that an exercise program, which includes language enrichment, has positive effects on cognitive and physical health for persons with mild cognitive impairment and early dementia. The team is working in partnership with both the Eau Claire County Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) and the Eau Claire YMCA.
Their presentation entitled, “Enhancing quality of life through brain-body connection: A group approach” was accepted by the Alzheimer’s Association’s 34th Annual Wisconsin State Conference to be held in Wisconsin Dells on May 3-5, 2020. Ganser and representatives from the YMCA will be presenting during a breakout session on May 5th.
The faculty-student collaboration was funded by UW-Eau Claire’s Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates program. The team also has plans for manuscript development as a result of the secondary data analysis.