The ISHF's approach is unique because it focuses on research into new and better ways to treat cognitive challenges using a non-pharmacologic approach. Although research into pharmacologic treatment is advancing and appears promising for the future, it will not necessarily help the millions of people presently living with a cognitive challenge. We need approaches that reduce side effects, such as agitation, aggression, apathy, anxiety, social withdrawal, and depression - while improving their quality of life. The Foundation's research offers hope to people living with a cognitive challenge today.
Exploratory feasibility studies to demonstrate correlations between environmental and behavioral approaches and behavioral health outcomes. Armed with such results, researchers in universities, private research organizations, and pharmacology laboratories are better able to make strong cases for research funding to demonstrate causality between these factors and reduced syptoms.
Intervention and demonstration projects that lead to further research, particularly in the areas of environmental design, staff training across specialties, person-centered service planning, family involvement in care, other non-pharmacologic treatments, and behvioral activities that draw on the person’s history, skills, and knowledge.
Research that examines the interactive effects of pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic treatments. The Foundation supports all efforts to examine the mutual effects of these two aspects of treatment, including position papers, the development of research protocols, and seminars.
Study the efficacy of the ISHF's ARTZ: Artists for Alzheimer’s program, which promotes interactive programs with community artists and education using drama and art.
Because donations are the life blood of the Foundation, we are asking that you consider partnering with us in our endeavors. If you would like more information about helping us achieve our goals and improving the lives of people living with Alzheimer’s disease, please contact us by calling 1-781-305-7118.