World renowned Dementia Researcher Visits Wishard-Eskenazi Health

Healthy Aging Brain Center at Wishard-Eskenazi Health Focus of Two Week Visit

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Indianapolis, July 19, 2013 – Top dementia care researcher Dr. Horst Christian Vollmar will be traveling to Indianapolis later this month to get a firsthand glimpse of the care and services offered at the Healthy Aging Brain Center (HABC) at Wishard-Eskenazi Health. Dr. Vollmar will be spending considerable time with Dr. Malaz Boustani and the HABC staff during the two-week visit.

A leading researcher of dementia care, Dr. Vollmar is the lead author of the dementia guideline of the German Society of General Practice and Family Medicine (DEGAM) and represents the association in the preparation of the National Disease Management Guideline for dementia. He is currently a senior researcher at the Department of General Practice at the Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf in the CADIF project (Changing Attitudes towards Dementia In Family practice).

“Our success at Wishard-Eskenazi Health in showing the importance of families and communities, in addition to medical care, in improving the quality of life for older adults with dementia is getting a tremendous amount of attention from other countries such as Germany,” said Dr. Malaz  Boustani, associate director of the IU Center for Aging Research, a Regenstrief Institute investigator and medical director of the Healthy Aging Brain Center at Wishard-Eskenazi Health. “Exchanging knowledge across the Atlantic is an important step in our efforts to share our local success with the world.”

Dr. Vollmar’s work in the field of health services research and outcome research deals mainly with the question of "How can evidence-based and action-relevant knowledge about dementia be sustainably conveyed to the different target groups (affected persons, doctors, nurses, policy makers)?" He utilizes quantitative and qualitative research methods and also applies methods from other disciplines, such as scientific foresight.

Created five years ago as a first-of-its-kind facility that combines the research lab and doctors office into one center, the HABC has seen 45 percent reductions in hospital emergency department visits and a 54 percent reduction in hospital admissions compared to similar patients not seen in the center.

The center uses the ABC model of brain care, which extends the definition of the patient to include the patient’s caregivers. Physicians, nurses, social workers and other staff members work closely with both the older adult and family caregivers in the exam room and in the home as well as over the phone and via email, to deliver care to improve both brain and physical health.