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A New Blood Test May Soon Detect Alzheimer’s Disease

Monday October 19, 2020

Currently, Alzheimer’s diagnoses are made mostly with clinical assessments of the person’s cognitive, physical, mental, and functional health, often assisted by interviews with family members and caregivers. Sometimes the diagnoses may be uncertain due to confusions around distinguishing Alzheimer’s from other dementias and physical conditions that involve cognitive impairment. The more accurate diagnostic tests involving […]

Achieving Personalised Dementia Care for Rural Australians

Tuesday October 6, 2020

No two people experience dementia in the same way. The expression of dementia depends on the cause of the condition and the parts of the brain that are affected. Hence, it is important to take a personalised approach to dementia care that focuses on the unique needs of the individual. Rural dementia care below par […]

What is this study about? HOMESIDE

Monday September 14, 2020

Home-based family caregiver-delivered music and reading interventions for people living with dementia  What are the main aims of the study? HOMESIDE aims to investigate whether home-based music and reading interventions, provided by a family caregiver to a person they are caring for with dementia, are helpful in dementia care and management. The study additionally […]

What is this study about? Changed behaviours associated with memory and cognitive decline

Tuesday September 8, 2020

Changed behaviours associated with memory and cognitive decline. Views and feelings of people living with dementia, their families/ care partners and healthcare workers Researchers at Dementia Centre For Research Collaboration (DCRC), University of New South Wales are looking for participants. What are the main aims of the study? The main aims of the study are […]

What is this study about? Financial skills in ageing and cognitive impairment

Monday August 31, 2020

Financial skills in ageing and cognitive impairment Researchers at Brain and Mind Centre, University of Sydney are looking for participants. What are the main aims of the study? The main aim of the study is to see how declines in cognition (due to ageing or dementia) affect a person’s ability to carry out everyday financial […]

COVID-19 and the Impact on Individuals with Dementia

Tuesday June 23, 2020

The world has changed since coronavirus became known in late 2019. The way we work, shop, travel and gather has had a huge overhaul. People experiencing dementia have not escaped this change. COVID-19 has implications for people with dementia, both directly in terms of increased vulnerability, and indirectly through effects on social supports and the […]

Meet our Ambassador Kate Swaffer

Monday May 25, 2020

As an ambassador of StepUp for Dementia Research, Ms Kate Swaffer encourages people living with dementia and their families to sign up on StepUp for Dementia Research. Kate also highlights the importance of joining research studies during COVID-19 pandemic.

Social Support as an Important Factor in Caregiver Resilience

Monday May 25, 2020

How well we “bounce back”, or adapt to adversity, is taken as a sign of resilience, and a significant protective factor for our mental health when encountering life challenges. Currently, 91% of people with dementia living in our community rely on an informal or unpaid carer to support them[1]. Caring for someone with dementia can […]