May 21 Saturday
Our study is called Behavioral and Environmental Sensing and Intervention, or BESI for short.
This research studies the person with dementia and their caregiver. Agitation is the most common reason for placing people with dementia into nursing homes as it can increase caregiver burden, stress, and depression. Nobody knows when agitation will occur and many things in the environment may bring it on. You may not notice the early signs of agitation, and agitation can get to a point where it can be hard to manage. Most methods used to deal with agitation in dementia do not always work. A tool to catch agitation early would give caregivers the upper hand to fix the situation, and hopefully have less agitation and less caregiver stress.
Behavioral and Environmental Sensing and Intervention (BESI) is used in this study to catch different levels of agitation. BESI is a system of body-worn and in-home sensors that provide continuous, non-invasive assessment of agitation and the environment. BESI is used to find the link between agitation and the home environment. It will help us identify the early features of agitation. It involves both the person with dementia and their caregiver; a pair that we call a “dyad”.
For questions or to participate, call the research nurse coordinator at: 540.266.6077
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At 2 p.m. Saturday, May 21, the Piedmont Master Gardeners and Virginia Cooperative Extension will offer a free Garden Basics presentation on “Preparing and Maintaining Garden Soil for Asters to Zucchinis.” This in-person program will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1118 Preston Avenue in Charlottesville. Space is limited. To reserve a seat, register at https://piedmontmastergardeners.org/events/. Registration closes 5 p.m. May 19.Participants will learn the characteristics of soil that promote plant growth, the importance of soil testing, and the use of mulch and cover crops to improve and maintain the fertility of garden soils. Garden Basics is a partnership with Bread and Roses ministry at Trinity Church.
Discover the unique joy of creating comedy scenes collaboratively on the fly!
Brief 30 minute sessions are offered every weekday at 4 PM ET. These sessions build on each other and examine the basics of how to start a scene, find a comedic focus and navigate common comedy dynamics.
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