All eyes on Australia for the latest findings in dementia

Wednesday, 6 August 2014 - 4:05pm

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:

MAXCOG: ‘Maximising cognition’ in people with Mild Cognitive Impairment

Monday, 28 July 2014 - 3:55pm

As we age, it is likely we will experience age related cognitive changes, but healthy older adults usually remain capable of living independently throughout their lives. For some, the cognitive changes they experience may seem worse than their peers and they can lose confidence for more challenging activities such as organising a dinner party, managing legal and financial matters, learning a new hobby or how to use a new computer. 

Why current Alzheimer's disease treatments might be ineffective

Wednesday, 18 June 2014 - 3:48pm

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.

Dementia and the distinct patterns of brain disorganisation

Wednesday, 4 June 2014 - 3:31pm

Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco have reviewed findings from an emerging area of brain imaging research, called ‘resting-state’ imaging, and report in the Journal, Biological Psychiatry, that distinct brain networks are associated with different types of dementia.

What is resting-state imaging?

Dementia research funding commitment welcomed in tough budget

Tuesday, 13 May 2014 - 12:00am

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.

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

Monday, 12 May 2014 - 11:39am

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.

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

Monday, 5 May 2014 - 9:27am

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.

Researchers and consumers discuss future of dementia research in Australia

Wednesday, 23 April 2014 - 9:59am

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?”