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November 2017 – February 2018

Sexualities and Dementia Workshop @ Novotel Hotel
November 23, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sexualities and Dementia Workshop @ Novotel Hotel | Canberra | Australian Capital Territory | Australia
Presented by: Dr Cindy Jones (pictured top right) Research Fellow, Griffith University When: Thursday 23 November 2017 9am to 4pm Venue: The Novotel Hotel, 65 [...]
February 19, 2018 – February 20, 2018 all-day
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  • Kathy de Souza on Thursday November 16th Increased risk of vascular dementia in heart attack survivors
    Heart attack increased the risk of vascular dementia by 35 per cent, and the risk remains elevated for up to 35 years after the heart attack. This is the somewhat disheartening result of a registry-based…
  • Kathy de Souza on Thursday November 16th Naturally Enriched Omega-3 Chicken and Eggs With Proven Health Claims
    A world-first clinical trial delivered by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, on behalf of farming and food company Devenish, has proven that the regular consumption of naturally enriched omega-3 chicken and eggs is…
  • Kathy de Souza on Thursday November 16th Androgen deprivation therapy does not increase risk for Alzheimer’s disease
    Older men treated with androgen deprivation therapy for prostate cancer appeared to be at no greater risk for Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, according to a study published in Journal of Clinical Oncology. “These data suggest…
  • Kathy de Souza on Thursday November 16th Understanding Alzheimer’s: Knowing how to help manage the disease
    “You have to live in their reality.” Jennifer White, who works with people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, emphasized this point numerous times during Thursday’s half-day seminar on dementia. White, who has worked with the Kenosha…
  • Kathy de Souza on Thursday November 16th Dementia Live designed to help people understand the condition
    I am in my early 40s and am blessed to have two parents who are still sharp as tacks. But I have experienced, firsthand, the effects of dementia and know how it can dramatically alter…
  • Kathy de Souza on Thursday November 16th Alzheimer Disease Drug Candidate Granted Fast Track Status
    Alzheon announced that its investigational agent for the treatment of Alzheimer disease, ALZ-801, has been granted Fast Track designation. ALZ-801 is an oral anti-amyloid drug that is an optimized prodrug of tramiprosate; the drug works…
  • Kathy de Souza on Thursday November 16th Risk Factors for Neurocognitive Decline in HIV
    HIV-associated neurocognitive disorder is a term used to describe a range of neurocognitive dysfunction issues associated with HIV infection,1 with HIV-associated dementia being the most severe form.2 Although the mechanism by which HIV infection contributes…
  • Kathy de Souza on Wednesday November 15th Understanding dementia: Early detection one of the best ways to combat condition
    While there is still no cure for the various forms of dementia, experts say steps can be taken to slow the effects it has on a person diagnosed with the condition. For this reason, it…
  • Kathy de Souza on Wednesday November 15th Poor heart health linked to Alzheimer's
    There may be a link between poor heart health and Alzheimer’s, according to researchers from the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in the United States. The study, which was published in online medical journal Neurology on…
  • Kathy de Souza on Wednesday November 15th Dementia sufferers trial new 'Internet of Things' technology
    A man with Alzheimer's disease and his wife test new technology which could help them by connecting them remotely to support. A project exploring how the "Internet of Things" style technology can increase support for…
  • Kathy de Souza on Wednesday November 15th Eating FIVE button mushrooms each day could reduce your risk of dementia...
    Eating just five button mushrooms may halt dementia in its tracks, slash the risk of heart disease and even prevent cancer, scientists claim. Researchers have found the fungi are abundant in two antioxidants that fight…
  • Kathy de Souza on Wednesday November 15th Hen party with a difference to combat loneliness
    An unusual initiative aimed at curbing loneliness among older people has seen academics and charities team up to host a poultry party – featuring live chickens. The scheme, part of a wider initiative funded by…
  • Kathy de Souza on Wednesday November 15th Italy long-lived but dementia rise
    Italy is fourth in the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development's charts for life expectancy with 82.6 years in 2016, the OECD said in its Health at a Glance report for 2017. The OECD said…
  • Kathy de Souza on Tuesday November 14th Patients, families battle Alzheimer’s, difficult decisions together
    When the news is given to a patient and their family members that their loved one has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, it can be devastating for some or motivating for others. Either way, Maj. (Dr.)…
  • Kathy de Souza on Tuesday November 14th Dementia treatment research: Exit through the lymphatic system
    Scientists have disproved a decades-old orthodoxy: cerebrospinal fluid does not leave the cranial cavity via blood vessels, but instead through the lymphatic system. This finding has far-reaching implications in new treatments for dementia. Read More:…
Dementia Care Competency Framework

The program incorporates the recently completed cross-setting, inter-disciplinary Dementia Care Competency Framework, developed by NSW Health, The University of Wollongong and Dementia Collaborative Research Centres. Ten Clinical Competencies and 40 Domains of Practice have been established to evaluate and inform dementia care professional development.

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