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  • Kathy de Souza on Thursday November 15th Head Injury Tied to Long-term Cognitive Decline, Dementia
    Head injury appears to be linked with a higher risk of long-term cognitive decline and dementia in community-dwelling adults, according to a new study. "We looked at the associations of head injury with long-term outcomes…
  • Kathy de Souza on Thursday November 15th Health services must address multiple conditions in dementia care
    Most people living with dementia also have at least one other health condition, and health services need to adapt to optimise their health and quality of life, a new study concludes. In a study led…
  • Kathy de Souza on Thursday November 15th Parkinson's Compared to Dementia with Lewy Bodies (DLB)
    Parkinson’s disease is a motor illness that progresses gradually. It affects the dopamine-producing neurons responsible for body movements. Dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), on the other hand, is a disease that leads to a progressive…
  • Kathy de Souza on Thursday November 15th Is ADT Linked to Dementia in Men with Prostate Cancer Receiving Definitive Radio
    A new study suggests there is no link between the use of androgen deprivation therapy (ADT) and dementia in men with non-metastatic prostate cancer who received definitive radiotherapy. This finding, published in JAMA Oncology, contradicts…
  • Kathy de Souza on Thursday November 15th The video game that helped me understand my grandma's dementia
    When my friend Kenny's nana died of dementia, he'd already mourned her twice. The first time, he was shopping for her birthday present. He'd settled on a watch, but didn't know what kind, what brand…
  • Kathy de Souza on Thursday November 15th Dementia diagnosis: When 'the hugs and kisses stopped' I realised something was
    Robyn O'Neill was working full-time, living an active life and loving being a grandmother but a diagnosis of dementia at the age of 61 changed all of it. In the space of just months, Robyn…
  • Kathy de Souza on Wednesday November 14th Reminiscence Therapy
    Alissa Westphal from the University of Melbourne has provided this link to a manual they have published in regards to using reminiscence with people with dementia in acute and sub-acute care. It was developed as…
  • Kathy de Souza on Wednesday November 14th The 12 rules of Christmas dementia care
    If a loved one has dementia you might be worried about how they’ll cope during the festive season. Read our simple guide to help you make Christmas as enjoyable as possible – for everyone. Read…
  • Kathy de Souza on Wednesday November 14th Dementia risk: Five-minute scan 'can predict cognitive decline'
    A five-minute scan could be used to spot people at risk of dementia before symptoms appear, researchers claim. Scientists used ultrasound scanners to look at blood vessels in the necks of more than 3,000 people…
  • Kathy de Souza on Wednesday November 14th Picture books for adults with dementia go digital with new app
    A Waterloo-based startup that has published six hardcover books for people with dementia is set to release 10 more titles on their new digital platform. Rachel Thompson, founder and CEO of Marlena Books, said the…
  • Kathy de Souza on Monday November 12th Military risk factors for dementia
    The experience of war can leave emotional and physical scars on those who serve in the military - scars that are visible years, even decades after service. Military service-related Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Post…
  • Kathy de Souza on Monday November 12th How Much Exercise Is Too Much for the Brain?
    Some really exciting research has recently been published. One paper was written by collaborators from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Harvard Medical School, who came together…
  • Kathy de Souza on Monday November 12th Is Anxiety a Risk Factor for Dementia Later in Life?
    Recent research out of the U.K. looked into the link between anxiety and the onset of dementia later in life. The meta-analysis examined four large studies of about 30,000 subjects and concluded: "Clinically significant anxiety…
  • Kathy de Souza on Monday November 12th Could simplified technology transform life for people with dementia?
    Whether you love it or hate it, there’s no denying that new technology is having a significant impact on dementia care. So can clever gadgets really make a big difference to people with dementia? We…
  • Kathy de Souza on Monday November 12th Iranian researchers develop nano-herbal formula to prevent Alzheimer’s, dementia
    Iranian researchers have developed the formulation of an herbal medicine for prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, ISNA reported on Friday. The drug’s structure is based on nanotechnology and is released inside the…
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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