At Emory University's Wesley Woods Center campus, a great deal of research is taking place among cognitively impaired frail nursing home residents, urinary incontinence and nocturia, sleep disorders, fall and injury prevention, and androgen therapy in older men.
Alzheimer's and Parkinson's Diseases
Alzheimerís and Parkinsonís diseases, two of the most feared conditions that affect the elderly, are the subject of pioneering treatment and research at Emory University that directly benefit patients at Wesley Woods. Research is crucial to gain more information about these diseases, provide better care, and ultimately, prevent the burden of neurological diseases for future generations. Emoryís Alzheimerís Disease Research Center and Udall Parkinsonís Disease Research Center are National Institute of Health funded centers focused on clinical trials and research. The only comprehensive programs in Georgia, and one of only a few nationwide, these centers are seeking cures through basic laboratory research, bringing new diagnostic methods and treatments into the clinic, and providing patients and their families with state-of-the-art care and access to cutting-edge advances. Fuqua Center for Late-life Depression
The Fuqua Center provides assessment and treatment for elderly individuals suffering from depression and anxiety. Treatment resources include medication, individual and group therapy, ECT, community clinics serving retirement and assisted living facilities, and extensive professional and community education and research programs in older adult depression. Telemedicine services provide psychiatric treatment to patients and practitioners at a distance from the Center.Emory Center for Health in Aging
The Center addresses health care issues affecting the rapidly growing senior population in the United States through research, clinical care, community outreach and education. As part of its core mission, the Center has created a five-pronged, multi-component strategy.
- Seek out medical breakthroughs in the treatment of chronic and disabling conditions, such as stroke, dementia, congestive heart failure, Parkinson's disease and urinary incontinence
- Study basic biological mechanisms that are the root causes of chronic and degenerative conditions
- Develop sustainable nutrition and exercise interventions in frail individuals ages 60 to 70, who within 12 years will potentially be bound for nursing home admission
- Develop care models (such as palliative care, nursing home diversion programs, enhancements to home visit programs)) that transition elements of care now routinely provided in nursing homes, and more fully develop them as programs within the home, community and alternative institutions
- Address societal issues - in partnership with community organizations, faith-based communities, governmental agencies - through re-developing communities so there is easy access to food, health care and meaningful activity; developing model health care delivery programs; and supporting care-givers
These include, but are not limited to, psychiatry, geriatric medicine, cardiology, neurology, diabetes/endocrinology, palliative care, physical therapy, the Emory/Georgia Tech Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering, the Georgia Tech Aware Home Research Institute, the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, the Rollins School of Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Atlanta Regional Commission's Health Aging Coalition.