AMERICUS, Ga. (April 12, 2012)--The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (RCI) at Georgia Southwestern State University is celebrating several milestones in its 25th year. In particular, Johnson & Johnson has awarded the RCI with another landmark grant – this one worth $427,000.

Rosalynn Carter Institute expands partnership with Johnson & Johnson, receives $427,000 grant
In 25th year, RCI's mission for family caregivers continues

AMERICUS, Ga. (April 12, 2012)--The Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving (RCI) at GeorgiazRCI_logo Southwestern State University is celebrating several milestones in its 25th year. In particular, Johnson & Johnson has awarded the RCI with another landmark grant – this one worth $427,000. The RCI also hosted a national session on best practices in evidenced-based caregiver programs at the Annual Aging in America Conference in Washington, DC on March 29. The previous day, briefings were held on the RCI’s work to support family caregivers with Sen. Johnny Isakson, Rep. Sanford Bishop, and Richard Gerakitis of Sen. Saxby Chambliss’ office.

“Family caregivers are a tremendous asset to our nation - they are the 'backbone' of our long-term healthcare system," said Leisa Easom, Ph.D., RCI executive director. "These caregivers provide a valuable service within the family, but may do so at a cost to their personal health and well-being. Worth over $450 billion annually, our nation must move forward to support these caregivers and sustain them in their critical role.”

The grant from Johnson & Johnson will support programs that reduce the institutionalization and abandonment of individuals living with chronic disease, mental illness or long-term care needs. Stretching from 2012-2015, funding priorities for this grant are the REACH Program which supports family caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s disease and Problem-Solving Training for caregivers of returning soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, and/or physical disability.

Substantial progress has been made in clinical research that has resulted in improved caregiver outcomes. "Over the past several years, the generous support of Johnson & Johnson has enabled the RCI to facilitate and support the translation of this clinical research (evidence-based research) into communities of caregivers," added Easom.

"Johnson & Johnson is proud of the way RCI keeps the caregiver movement alive with useful data and updated perspectives from the field," said Rick Martinez, M.D., director of corporate contributions at Johnson & Johnson. "I am excited that RCI is making a timely effort to bring the community and caregiver voice to research and policy discussions. This is the right direction for this field."

Georgia Southwestern’s Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving was established in 1987 in honor of former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, a GSW alumna who serves as president of the institute's Board of Directors, to enhance her longstanding commitments to family caregiving and mental health. Through research, education and training, the RCI promotes the mental health and well being of individuals, families and professional caregivers; encourages effective caregiving practices; builds public awareness of caregiving needs; and advances public and social policies that enhance caring communities.

Recognized as one of the best colleges in the South, Georgia Southwestern was founded in 1906 and offers bachelors and masters degrees as a unit of the University System of Georgia. GSW is located in Americus, Ga., in Sumter County, the home of former President Jimmy Carter and three National Historic sites.

Johnson & Johnson is the world's most comprehensive and broadly based manufacturer of health care products for the consumer, pharmaceutical, and professional markets. Its worldwide headquarters are located in New Brunswick, NJ, where the business was founded over a century ago.

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