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Reducing the use of antipsychotic medications in people with dementia: a new approach

A new, free resource to help doctors decrease the over-prescription of antipsychotic medication in people with behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia has recently been released.

The short film (below), Antipsychotics & Dementia: Managing Medications, has been developed in response to recent research which has found that antipsychotic medication, which can have serious side-effects, is used too frequently to manage behavioural and psychological symptoms of
dementia.

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Part of the brain stays "youthful" into older age

At least one part of the human brain may be able to process information the same way in older age as it does in the prime of life, according to new research conducted at the University of Adelaide.

A study compared the ability of 60 older and younger people to respond to visual and non-visual stimuli in order to measure their "spatial attention" skills.

Spatial attention is critical for many aspects of life, from driving, to walking, to picking up and using objects.

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Breaking News: First dementia research funding through the Boosting Dementia Research Initiative

The Minister for Health, Peter Dutton announced the first stage of the Australian Government’s $200 million ‘Boosting Dementia Research Initiative’, with a call for applications for new Dementia Research Team Grants.  

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All eyes on Australia for the latest findings in dementia

Alzheimer’s Disease International (ADI) and Alzheimer’s Australia are pleased to announce that abstract submissions and registration to attend the 30th International Conference of Alzheimer’s Disease International are open.

To be held in Perth, Australia, 15 - 18 April 2015, the conference ‘Care, Cure and the Dementia Experience – A Global Challenge’ is calling for presentations on the main issues facing the world, in regards to dementia.

Topics include:

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Dementia research funding commitment welcomed in tough budget

In a tough budget Alzheimer’s Australia is especially grateful that the government has honoured its election commitment to an additional $200 million over five years to Australian scientists and medical researchers working on ways to prevent or cure dementia.

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I repeat: “Please don’t call us sufferers”

Guest blog by Kate Swaffer (pictured) who attended the Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI) Conference in Peurto Rico

During the recent ADI2014 conference, it was apparent the language being used by researchers and other presenters to refer to people with dementia is still very derogatory, stigmatising and discriminatory.

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New study confirms higher rates of dementia among indigenous people in the NT

A study published today in the Medical Journal of Australia has shown that the prevalence and incidence of dementia in the Northern Territory (NT) are higher than national estimates, and that these rates are approximately three times higher among indigenous than non-indigenous people.

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Researchers and consumers discuss future of dementia research in Australia

On 8 April, 2014, a group of Australian dementia researchers and consumers met in Sydney to address a single question:

“How can we best offer assistance to the Government to ensure that the policy commitment [$200 million to dementia research over five years] is delivered in a timely and highly effective manner?”

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