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The Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Hospital Division of GRECC is one of twenty-one located in facilities across the country.

This congressionally mandated program exists to enhance the care of the aged veteran through a comprehensive and integrated program of basic and applied research, development and evaluation of new clinical models, and education. The aim is to increase basic knowledge of the aging process, share that knowledge with other health-care providers, and improve the overall quality of care for the elderly veteran.

The focus of the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial GRECC is neurodegenerative diseases with a specialty in advanced dementia of the Alzheimer type. Basic science research focuses on the experimental pathology of Alzheimer's disease and systemic amyloidosis, the neurotoxic effects of amyloid and other compounds, and involvement of oxygen-derived free radicals in neurodegenerative disorders.

Clinical research includes investigations of circadian rhythms and challenging behaviors and therapeutics such as light therapy for the treatment of insomnia and agitation, reminiscence restiveness to care during bathing. A major emphasis is also placed on bio ethical issues, such as the formulation of advance directives, decisions regarding treatment of infections with antibiotics, and management of eating difficulties.

GRECC staff has academic affiliations with Boston University School of Medicine; School of Nursing, Bouve College of Health Sciences, Northeastern University; Tufts University and Boston College School of Nursing and provides clinical experiences for social work, occupational therapy, nursing and medical students and physician and psychology trainees.

GRECC also is a clinical service providing care for a hundred inpatients and an outpatient program consisting of outpatient management, day care, respite care and home based care.

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