Dementia studies

Find out about some of the wide-ranging types of studies available via the Join Dementia Research service.

Developing strategies for a good night’s sleep

2 December 2021

Many people living with dementia have sleep difficulties which can be troublesome for the person affected, their families and carers. Problems can include reduced and or disturbed sleep, nighttime awakening, wandering and excessive napping during the day. There are currently no effective treatments to help. Aim of the study Researchers from University College London (UCL) […]

Developing scan technology for more accurate data about Alzheimer’s disease

4 November 2021

Patient lying down for a PET scan

Although Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia in the UK, the exact cause is not yet fully understood. With the exception of Aducanumab – which was recently approved for use in the U.S – most current treatments offer partial improvement in symptoms rather than helping to slow down the progression of the […]

Lewy body dementia studies currently recruiting participants

29 October 2021

October marks Lewy body dementia awareness month. The condition – sometimes called dementia with Lewy bodies – is one of the most common forms of dementia after Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia, yet surprisingly little is known about it. When someone develops this type of dementia, protein deposits called Lewy bodies develop in the brain […]

Online studies open!

24 August 2021

Did you know that many of the studies on Join Dementia Research are open to anyone over 18 without a dementia diagnosis? These tend to be online studies, which can be done at home, at a time to suit you. Because these studies are keen to attract a large number of people they run for […]

RadioMe

16 August 2021

The beneficial aspects of listening to music such as calming anxiety, reducing stress and inducing a relaxing effect, are being tested in a new study for people living with dementia. The context As well as experiencing cognitive decline, people with dementia often also suffer from ‘neuropsychiatric symptoms’ such as depression, irritability, anxiety and hallucinations. In […]

PRESIDE A singing study!

12 May 2021

It is well documented that music and singing are beneficial to those living with dementia. Listening to or singing songs can provide both behavioural and emotional benefits and the power of music can unlock memories and help provide links to a person’s past and promote connection with carers. Researchers at Nottingham University are looking for […]

Exploring the relationship between Lewy body dementia and delirium

19 April 2021

Lewy body dementia (LBD) is one of the most common forms of dementia. The symptoms of LBD can affect a variety of brain functions including; thinking, attention, sleeping and perception. It is often difficult to diagnose and can appear similar to other medical issues such as delirium. Researchers at the University of Cambridge are looking […]

Study into making financial services dementia-friendly

23 March 2021

Dementia can impair the ability of the individual to manage their financial affairs. This means that they will require support from family members in ensuring good financial outcomes and protection. Often those living with dementia enter into a power of attorney agreement that empowers a named person to act on their behalf and assist them […]

New potential treatment for early-stage Alzheimer’s disease

3 March 2021

Alzheimer’s disease affects approximately 70% of people diagnosed with dementia, and an estimated 26 million people worldwide. In the very early stages, Alzheimer’s disease may be referred to or diagnosed as Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI). There are no available treatments to prevent or delay the start of Alzheimer’s disease and currently medications only provide a […]

Can remotely delivered real-time health coaching improve cognition?

1 February 2021

Senior man exercising at home

As we get older we tend to spend more time being inactive – up to 60% of older people report sitting for more than four hours per day. The positive impacts of exercise on our physical health are well known, but researchers at Anglia Ruskin University are looking into whether remotely delivered coaching aimed at […]