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Dementia Early Stage Cognitive Aids New Trial (DESCANT)

6 March 2017

Professor David Challis, Chief Investigator for DESCANT

It is known that people developing dementia in its early stages can respond to timely offers of help at home to enhance their experience and coping with dementia, over and above early diagnosis and support now routinely provided in many areas. One such type of help is advice alongside the use of memory aids and […]

Cognitive Impairment in COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)

3 February 2017

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A new study is investigating the link between memory problems and a lung disease called ‘Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease’. We caught up with the study team to find out more: What are the main aims of the study? We are investigating whether people with lung diseases such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) are more […]

Mindfulness for Sleep Disturbance in Dementia

27 January 2017

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Sleep disturbance is a serious problem for many people in later life and particularly people with a diagnosis of dementia and those close to them. Research into mindfulness for sleep disturbance in older adults (without dementia) shows that it could be a helpful new treatment. What are the main aims of the study? The purpose […]

The SENSE-Cog Field trial

13 December 2016

Young nurse and female senior in nursing home, the old lady sitting in a wheel chair

Recent evidence has found that older adults living with both dementia and sensory impairment experience a number of issues that affect their quality of life. These include; an increased sense of disorientation, difficulty locating themselves using visual and auditory cues, greater levels of distress leading to agitation and aggression, an increased prevalence of hallucinations, delusions […]

Dementia Related Manual for Sleep; Strategies for Relatives (DREAMS START) study

6 December 2016

Gill Livingston, Chief Investigator on this study

Sleep problems are common in people living with dementia, with around 40% of people living with dementia experiencing sleep disturbance. These include reduced night time sleep, night time wandering, and excessive daytime napping. Sleep problems can disrupt the sleep of other members of the family. However, there are currently no treatments that consistently improve sleep […]

Understanding and adjusting to memory difficulties

2 November 2016

Dr Catherine Quinn, researcher for this study

When people develop a condition, such as dementia, they can respond to the changes they experience in very different ways. The findings from research in other health conditions suggests that how people understand their condition, its implications, and what can be done about it can have an impact on how people adjust to and cope […]

Language, Communication & Alzheimer’s Disease

31 October 2016

Vineeta Chand, Chief Investigator on this study

Given increasing public awareness and concern about Alzheimer’s Disease, this project seeks to expand public understanding of dementia-based language and communicative changes through research and public engagement. We caught up with Vineeta Chand, Chief Investigator for this study, to find out more: What are the main aims of the study? Our research focus is on […]

Understanding cognition and action in Pick’s disease

28 October 2016

Professor James Rowe, Chief Investigator on this study

Pick’s disease also known as frontotemporal dementia (FTD) is a type of dementia. Dementia prevents some areas of the brain ‘speaking with’ other parts of the brain, much like damaging telephone cables or the internet. This is not only due to physical damage to the brain, but also due to the loss of critical chemicals […]

Can a digital platform be a useful tool for families living with dementia?

5 October 2016

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The Dementia Post Diagnostic Digital Platform study is looking to test whether a new digital platform of a website, an app and software is an effective post-diagnostic support tool for people with dementia and their families. Research Fellow for the study, Dr Killin, fills us in with more information. What are the main aims of […]

Promoting Activity, Independence and Stability in Early Dementia (PrAISED) feasibility study

4 October 2016

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People with memory problems can struggle with everyday activities. They may stop doing things they want to do. They are more prone to accidents and have a higher risk of falling. Occupational therapists can advise on how to do daily activities set at the right level, and safely. Physiotherapists can teach exercises, which improve balance, […]

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