When Alyssa Weakley’s 82-year-old grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2019, the family scrambled to respond. Her grandmother lived in southern California; Weakley and other family members were in northern California and Washington State. As problems arose, they took turns flying down to see the older woman. Often, that meant leaving a job or making child-care arrangements on short notice.
Tom Nesbitt (B.A., psychology, ’75; M.D. ’79) launched the UC Davis Health System’s first telehealth program in 1992. Nesbitt’s pioneering leadership in telemedicine has been recognized by the American Telemedicine Association and the American Hospital Association.
David Lubarsky, CEO of UC Davis Health, announced a $2 million gift from Angelo K. and Sofia Tsakopoulos, and Chrysanthy and George Demos, to support the health system’s commitment to improve the health and well-being of older adults.
Researchers at the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society & the Banatao Institute (CITRIS) at the University of California are launching today a public-private pilot initiative to bring telehealth services to underserved rural residents in Merced County, California.
Terri Harvath has been watching the worries and complications that COVID-19 injects into families with older members. She is the director of the Family Caregiving Institute at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing, and she has a roadmap for family caregivers to navigate these pandemic times.