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

Monday, 13 October 2014 - 2:45pm

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.


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

Tuesday, 30 September 2014 - 4:34pm

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.

New Australian study on rare dementia helps map the emotional brain

Monday, 22 September 2014 - 2:52pm

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.

Update: The emotion involved in caring for a parent with Younger Onset Dementia

Wednesday, 17 September 2014 - 1:59pm

Earlier in the year Dementia News highlighted the research of Karen Hutchinson, a masters students based at the NHMRC Partnership Centre for Dealing with Cognitive and Related Functional Decline in Older People (Cognitive Decline Partnership Centre). Her research is looking into the emotional well-being of young people having a parent with younger onset dementia and whether they need specialised support. You can read the previous article here.

The Importance to Carers of Early Diagnosis of Dementia

Tuesday, 9 September 2014 - 2:41pm

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.  

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

Friday, 22 August 2014 - 10:54am

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.

Part of the brain stays "youthful" into older age

Wednesday, 20 August 2014 - 1:46pm

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.

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

Friday, 8 August 2014 - 3:35pm

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.