The New York University (NYU) Rory Meyers College of Nursing has been awarded a $6.1 million grant from the National Institute of Health’s (NIH) National Institute on Aging to study a program that could bring effective care to those with dementia receiving hospice care. The five-year grant will fund the first large-scale clinical trial of this population and their caregivers. NYU reports that 16% of hospice patients have dementia as their primary diagnosis, making it the second most common diagnosis after cancer. Ab Brody, PhD, RN, FAAN, FPCN, associate director of the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, says, “Despite high rates of dementia in hospice care, little research has been performed on how hospices can best help people with dementia and their caregivers to ensure as high a quality of life as possible during the vulnerable period at the end of life. Our evidence-based program is designed to help people with dementia who are near the end of their lives, as well as their families, to improve their quality of life and cope with this devastating illness.” (Daily Nurse, 10/30,