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GUEST BLOG: Reducing sedative use in care – why research participation is important to me

As my colleagues from the Consumer Dementia Research Network know, I try to participate in a number of research projects every year, and sometimes I actually volunteer for one! This is how I was accepted to take part in a project led by Dr Juanita Westbury, called the RedUSe (Reducing Use of Sedatives) project.

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New Australian study on rare dementia helps map the emotional brain

A new Australian study published in the journal Brain has found that individuals diagnosed with corticobasal syndrome (CBS), a rare form of dementia, experience widespread deficits in emotion processing.

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The Importance to Carers of Early Diagnosis of Dementia

A dementia diagnosis can be difficult to comprehend and understand, for both the person who has been diagnosed and their family. This guest blog has been written by Dianne Stewart, chair of Carer Support and member of the Alzheimer Australia’s Consumer Interest Group. She writes about the benefits of an early diagnosis of dementia from her [a carers] perspective.  

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Book Review - Living with dementia: a practical guide for families and personal carers

It is a pleasure to write a review of a book that I think highly of. For many years, as I cared for my mother who had dementia, I searched for helpful material that would guide me, teach me, and reassure me. So for all those who are on the dementia journey with a loved one today, I highly recommend this book. It is a practical guide for family and personal carers. Readers’ needs and expectations vary a lot, but for most of us, the variety of knowledge, expertise and experience of the authors will be of great assistance.

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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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Why current Alzheimer's disease treatments might be ineffective

New research out of Penn State University suggests that current approaches to develop treatments for Alzheimer’s disease that selectively target amyloid beta have so far proven ineffective in human clinical trials because they may be failing to target the flow-on effects that occur in the brain after amyloid beta plaques appear.

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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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The impact of high risk drugs in people with Alzheimer's disease

Article by Danijela Gnjidic, Researcher and Lecturer, University of Sydney

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