USU Announces Planned Alzheimer's & Dementia Research Center

The Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services at Utah State University recently secured state legislative funding of $850,000 per year to support a new Alzheimer’s and Dementia Research Center.

This center will provide research, training, support and increased access to services for people living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia, or ADRD, as well as their families and caregivers.

“The center is well-placed in our college,” said Al Smith, dean of the Emma Eccles Jones College of Education and Human Services. “We have a unique collection of human services researchers and clinicians who can meet the comprehensive needs of those suffering from ADRD as well as the needs of their families and communities. We are grateful to the Utah Alzheimer’s Association and Rep. Dan Johnson for helping us secure funding for this important work.”

Alzheimer’s disease is highly prevalent in the state of Utah, where it is the fourth leading cause of death of those age 65 or older, and there has been a 187% increase in deaths related to Alzheimer’s disease since 2000. In 2021, there were approximately 35,000 people living with Alzheimer’s in Utah, and this number is estimated to increase 20% by 2025.

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