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Studying the Impact of Nursing Home Noise Levels on Residents with Dementia

Jon Strelecki

As our county's population ages, the number of people with dementia continues to rise. On previous editions of UWM Today, we've talked about some of the many challenges facing those who suffer from dementia and those who care for people with the condition.

On today's program, we consider a new aspect of helping those with dementia and Alzheimer's, and it involves something as simple as lowering the level of noise during mealtime in nursing homes.

Host Tom Luljak talks with Dr. Laura Joosse, Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing, who is studying the impact of nursing home noise levels on agitation among residents with dementia.

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Tom Luljak is the vice chancellor of University Relations and Communications at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. In addition to directing the university's communication programs, Luljak serves as an associate lecturer in UWM's Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, teaching courses in corporate communications and sports marketing.