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Funding for the Northwest Roybal Center is provided by the National Institutes of Health Grant #1P30AG034592-01 ( NRC: Improvng Healthcare for Cognitively Impaired Elders and Their Caregivers), Linda Teri, Principal Investigator.

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SoN Research Program Adopted and Translated into Two Languages!

The STAR program, an evidence-based intervention to train direct care staff to effectively manage and reduce the problems experienced by persons with dementia and other memory impairments, has recently been translated:

  • A Chinese version was created by one of the SoN visiting professors, Dr. Jing-Jy Sellin Wang, Associate professor Dept. of Nursing & Inst. of Gerontology, College of Medicine, National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), Tainan, Taiwan.

  • A Spanish version has been created by Dr. Jerson Laks, Associate Professor, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

  • Both the DVD and the manual are now available and will be used to help professionals in these countries train others to improve the care of persons with dementia.   


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Training MaterialsTraining Materials

Staff Training for Assisted Living Residences

Managing and Understanding
Behavior Problems in Alzheimer's
Disease and Related Disorders

Understanding Alzheimer's:
A Guide for Families, Friends and
Health Care Providers

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Kiosses, D.N., Teri, L., Velligan, D.I., Alexopoulos, G.S. A home-delivered intervention for depressed, cognitively impaired, disabled elders. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, July 2010 (Epub ahead of print).

Logsdon, R.G., Pike, K.C., McCurry, S.M., Hunter, P., Maher, J., Snyder, L., Teri, L. Early-stage memory loss support groups: outcomes from a randomized controlled clinical trial. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 2010, 65B(6), 691–697.

McCurry, S.M., Gibbons, L.E., Logsdon, R.G., Vitiello, M.V., Teri, L. Insomnia in caregivers of persons with dementia: Who is at risk and what can be done about it? Sleep Medicine Clinics, 2009, 4(4), 519-526.

McCurry, S.M., LaFazia, D.M., Logsdon, R.G., Teri, L. Managing sleep disturbances in adult family homes: Recruitment and implementation of a behavioral treatment program. Geriatric Nursing, 2009, 31(1), 36-44.

McCurry, S.M., LaFazia, D.M., Pike, K.C., Logsdon, R.G., Teri, L. Managing sleep disturbances in adult family homes: Recruitment and implementation of a behavioral treatment program. Geriatric Nursing, 2009, 30(1), 36-44.

Meeks, S., Looney, S.W., Teri, L., Van Haitsma, K. BE-ACTIV: A staff-assisted behavioral intervention for depression in nursing homes. The Gerontologist, 2008, 48, 105-114.

Mitchell, P.H., Teri, L., Veith, R., Buzaitis, A., Tirschwell, D., Becker, K, Fruin, M, Kohen, R., Cain, K.C. Living well with stroke: Design and methods for a randomized-controlled trial of a psychosocial-behavioral intervention for post-stroke depression. Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases, 2008, 17(3), 109-115.

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Logsdon, R.G., Pike, K.C., McCurry, S.M., Hunter, P., Maher, J., Snyder, L., & Teri, L. (2010) Early stage memory loss support groups: Outcomes from a randomized controlled clinical trial. Journal of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences, 65B (6), 691-97. PMCID: PMC2954328

McCurry, S.M., Pike, K.C., Logsdon, R.G., Vitiello, M.V., Larson, E.B., Teri, L. Predictors of short- and long-term adherence to a daily walking program in persons with Alzheimer's disease.  American Journal of Alzheimers Disease and Other Dementias, 2010, 25(6):505-512. PMCID: PMC2935497

Logsdon, R.G., Teri, L., An evidence-based exercise and behavior management program for dementia care. Generations, 2010, 34(1), 80-83.

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Neville, C., Teri, L. Anxiety, anxiety symptoms and associations among older people with dementia in assisted living facilities. International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, 2011, 20(3), 195-201. doi: 10.1111/j.1447-0349.2010.00724.x

McKenzie, G., Teri, L., Salazar, M.K., Farran., C.J., Beck, C., Paun, O. Relationship between system-level characteristics of assisted living facilities and the health and safety of unlicensed staff. American Association of Occupational Health Nurses Journal, 2011, 59(4), 173-180.  doi: 10.3928/08910162-20110328-01

McGough, E.L., Kelly, V.E., Ciol, M.A., Logsdon, R.G., McCurry, S.M., Cochrane, B.B., Engel, J.M., and Teri, L. Associations between physical performance and executive function in older adults with mild cognitive impairment: Gait velocity and Timed Up & Go Test. Physical Therapy, 2011, 91(8), 1-10. doi: 10.2522/ptj.20100372




NIH – National Institutes of Health

American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)

National Alzheimer’s Association
Telephone (toll-free): (800) 272-3900 



Northwest Roybal Center for Translational Research on Aging

University of Washington de Tornyay Center for Healthy Aging

Group Health Research Institute (GHRI)

University of Washington Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC)

University of Washington Institute of Translational Health Sciences  (ITHS) 



National Council on Aging (NCOA)

Cornell Institute for Translation Research on Aging

Alliance for Aging Research

American Psychological Association

The Gerontological Society of America