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Medication Management for People with Dementia following a Hospital Stay

Monday July 19, 2021

Instructions: “Take one tablet three times a day” So, is that dividing 24 hours by three and taking the medication every eight hours? Or can I coordinate it with my meals and take them all within 12 hours? Will it matter if I take it with my other morning tablet? A Potential for Medication Mishaps […]

Have we got the Leading Theory About Alzheimer’s all Wrong?

Monday May 31, 2021

The leading hypothesis on the cause of Alzheimer’s is looking shaky, following a new paper that pooled data from several studies to find that strategies to reduce amyloid levels in the brain do not improve cognition.[1] The Amyloid Hypothesis For several decades, a microscopic protein fragment called beta-amyloid found in the brains of people with […]

Dementia Training Australia (DTA)

Monday May 3, 2021

Dementia Training Australia (DTA) provides dementia-specific accredited and non-accredited education, training, and professional development for aged and health care professionals. Our mission is to improve the knowledge and skills of the workforce who are involved in supporting people living with dementia and their carers. We focus on evidence-based standards in the development and delivery of […]

StepUp for Dementia Research is a BRIDGE between people with lived experience and researchers

Thursday April 29, 2021

I first became aware of dementia research at an Alzheimer’s Australia conference some 10 years ago, when a Consumer Dementia Research Network (CDRN) was formed. There were about 25 people, with Glen Rees and his team. Many were people living with dementia, and others were, like me, carers/enablers. I was totally speechless, as I did […]

Jane’s experience caring for her husband with dementia

Friday April 23, 2021

Jane Thompson, a member of StepUp for Dementia Research Public Involvement Panel, appeared on an episode “I still do” of the SBS program Insight.  Jane shared her story about her marriage and her experience caring for her husband with dementia. Please click this link to hear her interview: https://www.abc.net.au/radio/canberra/programs/afternoons/jane-thompson-cared-for-husband-with-dementia/13290624  The Canberra Times also posted her […]

Is a Culture of Risk Aversion Damaging the Human Rights of People with Dementia?

Tuesday April 20, 2021

Enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health is a mandated human right.[1] However, the daily confinement of people living with dementia in care homes may challenge this mandate. A team of researchers from NSW Australia, including the well-known dementia advocate, Kate Swaffer, explored this concept further[2]. They ran interviews and focus […]

Dennis Frost

Why do we need StepUp for Dementia Research? Dennis’s story

Tuesday April 13, 2021

In 2017 I participated in the 32nd International Conference of Alzheimer’s Disease International in Kyoto, Japan. There, I heard a presentation on Join Dementia Research, a UK’s national service which allows the public to easily take part in research opportunities and assists researchers to effectively manage their recruitment effort. Despite the difference between the UK […]

Making Dementia Research More Accessible

Thursday April 1, 2021

By Scientia Professor Henry Brodaty AO Co-Director Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA), UNSW Sydney and Director, Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration   Having been a professor of ageing and mental health for over 30 years, I know intimately how costly it is to find and screen research participants. A lack of participants can result […]