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September – November 2018

World Alzheimer’s Month 2018 Global dementia plan
September 1, 2018 – September 30, 2018 all-day
World Alzheimer's Month 2018 Global dementia plan
The theme for this World Alzheimer’s Month (WAM) is “Every 3 seconds”, a message which we think goes to the heart of the campaign. Someone [...]
Ageing in the Asian Century: New Answers to Old Questions @ Crown Promenade, Melbourne
November 7, 2018 @ 8:30 am – November 10, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Ageing in the Asian Century: New Answers to Old Questions @ Crown Promenade, Melbourne | Southbank | Victoria | Australia
The Organising Committee is pleased to announce that the combined RANZCP Faculty of Psychiatry of Old Age and the Asian Society Against Dementia Conference 2018 [...]

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  • Kathy de Souza on Thursday September 20th Removing faulty brain cells staves off dementia in mice
    Researchers say that when they swept away the senescent brain cells in mice, the outwards symptoms of their dementia vanished Purging “zombie cells” from the brain could stave off the effects of dementia, a groundbreaking…
  • Kathy de Souza on Thursday September 20th Smog Might Cloud Your Memory
    The very air you breathe may make you vulnerable to developing dementia, a new study suggests. British researchers found that people exposed to higher levels of air pollution had 40 percent higher odds of developing…
  • Kathy de Souza on Thursday September 20th Aged care: The choice facing families — stay at home or go into care
    Louise Simpson has sworn she will never send her parents to a nursing home. Faced with serious concerns about the quality of residential care, the Canberran has instead cared for them at home for the…
  • Kathy de Souza on Thursday September 20th Study probes possibility of walking-talking test to predict dementia
    Let’s walk and talk. A new study by London researchers suggests if seniors have trouble doing both at the same time, it could be a way to tell whether their mild memory issues will progress…
  • Kathy de Souza on Wednesday September 19th Dangerous antipsychotic medicine being overprescribed for elderly patients
    Strong medications normally reserved for the very mentally unwell are being used too often and freely on elderly patients, causing damaging side effects and premature death. Doctors and nurses working in the aged care sector…
  • Kathy de Souza on Wednesday September 19th Delving into the link between estrogen and dementia
    Is there a link between estrogen and dementia? Dr. Gillian Einstein of the University of Toronto thinks there could be. "Most of the studies, including non-human animal studies suggest that estrogen is really positive for…
  • Kathy de Souza on Wednesday September 19th High occurrence of psychiatric disorders and suicidal behavior across dementia s
    Researchers compared the occurrence of clinically diagnosed psychiatric disorders and suicidal behavior (mental health disorders) across dementia subtypes by analyzing the data of 56,296 older individuals (aged ≥50 years) with Alzheimer's disease (AD), vascular dementia,…
  • Kathy de Souza on Wednesday September 19th See the 10 questions used to diagnose Lewy body dementia
    The chart is a 10-question check-up list to help doctors use symptoms and circumstances to more accurately diagnose Lewy body dementia (LBD). There is no known cause and no cure for this disease which shortens…
  • Kathy de Souza on Wednesday September 19th New screening tool could help diagnose early cognitive decline in dementia...
    An international team of scientists have developed a new way to screen for age-related cognitive decline at home using a test which asks people to detect sounds and flashes on their laptop or phone An…
  • Kathy de Souza on Wednesday September 19th Psychologist helps write new NICE guidance on supporting people with dementia
    NICE – the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence – has published a new guideline on assessment, management and support for people living with dementia and their carers. Professor Linda Clare, who was a…
  • Kathy de Souza on Tuesday September 18th Smokers Have a Higher Risk of Developing Dementia
    Does smoking raise your risk of memory problems later in life? A new study conducted by researchers at Seoul National University Hospital in South Korea suggests that it does. The researchers followed more than 46,000…
  • Kathy de Souza on Tuesday September 18th Dementia awareness workshops in the Shoalhaven
    September is Dementia Awareness Month, and Shoalhaven residents and businesses have been encouraged to become dementia-friendly. Dementia Awareness Month is recognised in September each year, culminating with World Alzheimer’s Day on September 21. This year’s…
  • Kathy de Souza on Tuesday September 18th State tests voucher program to help adults with dementia afford assisted living
    Organizations representing assisted living operators in New York are cheering a new pilot program that will subsidize rent for residents with dementia who no longer can afford assisted living. The Special Needs Assisted Living Voucher…
  • Kathy de Souza on Tuesday September 18th Blood Test May Help Identify Alzheimer's in Adults With Down Syndrome
    A blood test in the clinic may help doctors diagnose Alzheimer's disease (AD) in adults with Down syndrome, according to new research. "Elevated blood levels of the neurofilament light (NfL) protein seem to correlate with…
  • Kathy de Souza on Tuesday September 18th Which Is to Blame for Cognitive Decline in Ageing: Amyloid Deposition, Neurodege
    Amyloid deposition, one of the main neuropathological hallmarks of Alzheimer's disease, begins decades before symptom onset and has been suggested to trigger the cascade of events leading to the disease (Hardy and Selkoe, 2002). Yet,…
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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