For more than 20 years, the Integrace Institute at Copper Ridge has been dedicated to excellence in supporting those with Alzheimer’s and dementia through research and education. Our innovative research, findings, and programs have been internationally renowned, and more importantly have helped improve the quality of life for those living with these disorders and their care partners. Partnerships through the years have included The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, University of Maryland School of Nursing, Erickson School of Aging at UMBC, Teepa Snow’s Positive Approach to Care program and many others. This expanded emphasis will create new opportunities to empower care partners and professionals to support meaningful living for those on this journey.
In simple terms, our mission is educate and empower our families, residents and colleagues to tell their story and turn it into data that can transform lives. In official terms, we do this by advancing transformational neurocognitive care practices through person-centered research and education.
The Institute is an incredible arm of Integrace that has grown and changed with the mission of the organization as a whole as well as the changing aging services landscape. I foresee us forging partnerships with advocacy organizations, universities, technology and pharmaceutical companies all over the nation to bring about a transformation in both education and research. We are so excited to have reached over 500+ participants in research and education initiatives in 2017 alone – I anticipate we will be able to touch many more lives over the coming years.
The research studies that we are currently conducting fall in three areas:
Our education falls into two main buckets with one philosophy, and that is that it is all evidence-based and updated yearly:
Having lived the journey myself with my family members, I know that it can be an emotional roller coaster. Research, to me, brings hope and promise that there are always new approaches to try that will truly make a difference in lives today while than waiting for the cure, which may come later than tomorrow.
You are more than welcome to call the Institute directly, we will get back to you and listen to how we can best meet you where you are in your journey. Our number is 410-552-3218 or you can visit us on our website at www.integraceinstitute.org. We have a description of every research study on our website that we are currently conducting with information on how to be involved in any of them.
When a collaborator agrees to partner with us, they also agree to give back their findings to the greater community. We ask that they communicate to two audiences, one being our internal Integrace family and the other being local professionals. They are asked to present a summary that is then available to the general public about what they have found in the course of their work.