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Editor's e-Note
An innovative automated decision-support system allows care coordinators to accommodate the complex bio-psychosocial needs of older adults with dementia. The software, developed by the Indiana University Center for Aging Research and the Regenstrief Institute, is being implemented across the state of Indiana by the Area Agencies on Aging. In addition to monitoring the cognitive, functional, behavioral, and psychological symptoms of older adults with dementia or depression, it gathers information on the associated burden placed on patients’ caregivers.

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— Barbara Worthington, editor
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Specialized Software Improves Brain Care

Older Indiana adults with dementia or depression will be among the best cared for elders in the nation with the recent statewide rollout of a unique automated decision-support system that enables their care coordinators to meet the complex bio-psychosocial needs of these individuals as well as those of their family members and other informal caregivers.

Use of the Enhanced Electronic Medical Record Aging Brain Care Software, developed and tested by the Indiana University (IU) Center for Aging Research and the Regenstrief Institute, is being implemented throughout the state by Indiana’s 16 Area Agencies on Aging. Area Agencies on Aging, of which there are 650 nationwide, oversee state and federal funds and private donations to provide information, advocacy, and support services to older adults and family caregivers.

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