Date of Award

Spring 3-18-2023

Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



First Advisor

Dr. David Liguori

Second Advisor

Dr. Robert Bland

Third Advisor

Paulette Kozlowsi


There is an ever-increasing burden on caregivers of individuals with cognitive illness as a result of the increasing number of older adults with dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Currently, St. John's County Florida offers three programs designed to provide support for caregivers of individuals with cognitive illness. This project evaluated the three programs as part of a program evaluation to determine the efficacy of program selection for sustainability. Utilizing the Center for Disease Control's (CDC) Program Evaluation Framework (PEF), a detailed and thorough evaluation review of the Power Tools for Caregivers, Savvy Caregiver, and an original three-model program developed by the Council on Aging (COA) was conducted. The three programs currently in use were found to meet the requirements of a successful program per the CDC Program Evaluation Framework, and therefore, were recommended for continued use in assisting caregivers of individuals with cognitive illness.


Scholarly project submitted to the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Nursing Practice

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