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NSW health Dementia Care Competency Framework

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May – August 2018

10th World Congress on Alzheimers Disease & Dementia @ Hyatt Regency Osaka
May 30, 2018 – May 31, 2018 all-day
10th World Congress on Alzheimers Disease & Dementia @ Hyatt Regency Osaka | Osaka | Osaka Prefecture | Japan
10th World Congress on Alzheimers Disease & Dementia, will be organized around the theme “Novel Research and Diagnostic Approaches of Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia” Alzheimers Congress 2018 [...]
2018 Aged Care Symposium: Running the Race Against the Time Clock of Ageing @ Ballina RSL
July 19, 2018 @ 8:30 am – July 20, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
2018 Aged Care Symposium: Running the Race Against the Time Clock of Ageing @ Ballina RSL | Ballina | New South Wales | Australia
Integrated Care | Falls | Healthy Ageing | Osteoporosis | Parkinson Disease | Bone Health Using a multidisciplinary approach to care delivery How old would [...]
8th Global Experts Meeting on Advances in Neurology and Neuropsychiatry @ Radisson Hotel Narita
August 27, 2018 @ 8:30 am – August 28, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
8th Global Experts Meeting on Advances in Neurology and Neuropsychiatry @ Radisson Hotel Narita  | Tomisato-shi | Chiba-ken | Japan
Conference Series extends its welcome to 8th Global Experts Meeting on Advances in Neurology and Neuropsychiatry during August 27-28, 2018 at Radisson Hotel Narita, Tokyo, Japan [...]

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Recent Discussion Topics

  • Kathy de Souza on Thursday May 24th Canadian researchers development new dementia questionnaire
    There are new efforts to separate those at high risk of developing dementia, from those who are not. As Ross Lord reports, a researcher in the Maritimes is leading the way. Watch the video:https://globalnews.ca/video/4225093/canadian-researchers-development-new-dementia-questionnaire
  • Kathy de Souza on Thursday May 24th HIV lies dormant in brain, increasing risk of dementia, but how?
    The HIV virus, which causes AIDS, has long been known to target and disable cells of the immune system, which are responsible for fighting off invading microorganisms and for suppressing malignant cancers. More recently, researchers…
  • Kathy de Souza on Thursday May 24th Scientists reveal model that estimates lifetime risk of developing Alzheimer’s
    The Alzheimer’s Association have published a study wherein a model estimates the lifetime risk of an individual developing Alzheimer’s disease dementia. The risk varies with such factors as age and gender, and crucially takes account…
  • Kathy de Souza on Thursday May 24th Depressive Symptoms Tied to Memory, Aging of the Brain
    Greater depressive symptoms are associated with episodic memory and markers of brain aging in older Caribbean Hispanic patients, according to a study published online May 9 in Neurology. Adina Zeki Al Hazzouri, Ph.D., from the…
  • Kathy de Souza on Thursday May 24th 3 New Genes Linked to Alzheimer’s
    Scientists have uncovered three new genes that could potentially be tied to Alzheimer’s after studying the DNA of more than 300,000 people. Researchers looked at samples from the U.K. Biobank, a database with the complete…
  • Kathy de Souza on Wednesday May 23rd Stroke and dementia diagnosis improved by using artificial intelligence...
    New software developed by scientists at Imperial College London and Edinburgh University has been able to identify and measure the severity of small blood vessel disease, one of the commonest causes of stroke and dementia.…
  • Kathy de Souza on Wednesday May 23rd Alzheimer Disease Dementia Risks Vary by Age, Gender, Disease State
    The lifetime risks of Alzheimer disease (AD) dementia vary considerably by age, gender, and the preclinical or clinical disease state of the individual, according to a new analysis. Findings revealed that, for example, a 60-year-old…
  • Kathy de Souza on Wednesday May 23rd Study predicts most people with earliest Alzheimer's signs...
    During the past decade, researchers have identified new ways to detect the earliest biological signs of Alzheimer's disease. These early signs, which are detected by biomarkers, may be present before a person starts to exhibit…
  • Kathy de Souza on Wednesday May 23rd Dementia-friendly swimming sessions help patients and carers, study finds
    Specially organised 'dementia friendly' swimming sessions can be beneficial to people with dementia and their carers, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Nottingham and the Institute of Mental Health. The…
  • Kathy de Souza on Wednesday May 23rd Nutritional tips for people living with dementia
    People with dementia often forget to eat and drink and can become disinterested in food, with the malnutrition and dehydration that ensues causing even more damage to the person’s physical and mental state. With eighty…
  • Kathy de Souza on Wednesday May 23rd Tips on Improving Communication With Older Patients
    As the “baby boomer” generation ages, an increasing number of older Americans are entering the healthcare system, posing new challenges to healthcare providers. It is estimated that in 2030, the “young old” (aged 66 to…
  • Kathy de Souza on Wednesday May 23rd Approaches to Firearms for Persons With Dementia Discussed
    HealthDay News — Approaches to addressing the potential complications of owning firearms for persons with dementia (PWD) are presented in an article published online May 8 in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Noting that 7.8…
  • Kathy de Souza on Wednesday May 23rd Traumatic Brain Injury Linked to Increased Parkinson Disease Risk in Veterans
    Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is associated with a spike in Parkinson disease (PD) risk among military veterans, according to a retrospective study published in Neurology. This increased risk is observed among those with TBI, mild…
  • Kathy de Souza on Tuesday May 22nd Dementia: How long can a sufferer expect to live with the condition?
    DEMENTIA signs and symptoms include memory loss, confusion in conversations and losing interest in hobbies. There are several different types of the condition including dementia with lewy bodies and vascular dementia. Alzheimer’s disease is the…
  • Kathy de Souza on Tuesday May 22nd Dementia: The bad news... and the good
    Every three seconds, across the world, there is a new case of dementia. Ten million people are stricken with this brain-destroying disease each year and the number is growing steadily. The amazing modern-day successes in…
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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