Latest news and research outcomes

The mental health impact of COVID-19 on people living with dementia, their families and carers.

Monday January 11, 2021

One day the support was gone. A new discussion paper highlights the mental health impacts of COVID-19 on people living with dementia, families and carers, and outlines 14 practical solutions. Key recommendations include: The development of future programs and supports that acknowledge the unique needs of people living with dementia. Mitigating isolation and loneliness in […]

Forgetting to pay bills may be a sign of declining cognition

Tuesday December 22, 2020

In the everyday busyness of life it is easy to forget things, and when we do it is typically harmless.  However, a study published last month found that forgetting to pay your bills, specifically credit card bills, could be an early warning sign for declining cognition[1]. Finance and Health Data Linkage The American-based researchers retrospectively […]

What is this study about? Gait and Cognition Study

Friday December 18, 2020

Characteristics of higher-level gait disorders and their association with cognitive impairment – Gait and Cognition Study What are the main aims of the study? This research study is exploring the relationship between gait (walking pattern) and thinking. We are interested in how walking patterns, such as shuffling or unsteady walking related to problem solving and thinking (cognition). […]

Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA)

Thursday December 10, 2020

The Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA) is a premier research institution at UNSW Sydney, investigating brain ageing. CHeBA was established in October 2012 and headed by internationally acclaimed leaders in the field, Professor Henry Brodaty and Professor Perminder Sachdev. Our vision is to achieve, through research, healthier brain ageing and better clinical care of […]

What are the clinical trials?

Friday November 6, 2020

Clinical trials are research studies that test ways to improve healthcare. These studies help find better ways to treat or prevent disease. Australian Clinical Trials Alliance (ACTA) has also produced information sheets outlining the clinical trials process in 10 community languages. Please visit this link to see the resources in multi-languages.

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 […]