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Geisinger becomes the first member of Risant Health

Study seeks to help those with memory loss — and their caregivers

Geisinger has teamed up with UCLA for the D-CARE study, which is finding ways to make life with memory loss easier for at-home caregivers and the people who depend on them.

Local residents Susan and Dorrance Belin are glad they chose to participate.

Through D-CARE, the Belins work closely with a Geisinger neurologist and physician assistant trained in dementia care. Most consultations are virtual, but there are in-person visits twice a year and the Belins are encouraged to call with questions at any time. Mr. Belin says the program has been beneficial. “They’ve helped me understand what’s going on.”

Writing helps Mrs. Belin understand the issues she and her husband face. “It helps me organize and express my thoughts,” she says. “I get them down on paper and share them with Dorrance. I share my writing with [the physician assistant], too. That, and the questionnaires I fill out every few months, help me see the changes more clearly and are useful tools for managing challenges.”

When the Belins first heard about D-CARE, they knew they wanted to be part of it. “Research studies like this are important for improving healthcare across the board,” says Mrs. Belin. “D-CARE helps us, and it will help Geisinger care for other patients. I encourage anyone in our position to participate.”

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