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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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  • Kathy de Souza on Tuesday January 23rd Gympie people needed for dementia quality of life research
    A DEMENTIA diagnosis can cause people to change priorities in terms of quality of life and researchers at the University of Queensland are calling for Gympie region volunteers to help them identify what those changes…
  • Kathy de Souza on Tuesday January 23rd Making towns, businesses dementia friendly
    It may be the Town Hall employee who notices an older person came in to pay their taxes twice in the past month. Or the banker who realizes a longtime customer has been having trouble…
  • Kathy de Souza on Tuesday January 23rd Saving Brain Connections by Targeting Synaptic Proteins May Treat Alzheimer’s
    Proteins in nerve cell synapses, which transmit signals between neurons, are abnormal in the brains of patients with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, Swedish researchers concluded after performing a large-scale analysis of synaptic proteins in…
  • Kathy de Souza on Tuesday January 23rd Irish researchers seeking to develop ‘tracker’ for dementia sufferers
    A Waterford-based research team has secured funding to develop a “low cost” technological tool to help track dementia patients whose safety is put at risk by wandering from care settings. Researchers at the Telecommunications, Software…
  • Kathy de Souza on Monday January 22nd AAN Recommends Exercise, Cautious Prescribing for Patients With MCI
    Physical and cognitive exercise, using caution when prescribing cholinesterase inhibitors, and assessment of modifiable risk factors are among the new recommendations from the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) guideline for the management of patients with…
  • Kathy de Souza on Monday January 22nd Influence of Acupuncture on Senile Dementia Treatment
    Senile dementia (SD) is a chronic disorder of the aged characterised by progressive impairment of intellectual function, personality changes, disturbances in judgement, perception, recognition, memory mood, etc. It is generally classified into two types: Alzheimer’s…
  • Kathy de Souza on Monday January 22nd Japanese Justice Ministry devises dementia test for elderly inmates
    The Justice Ministry plans to conduct a simple dementia test from fiscal 2018 for new convicts aged 60 or over, informed sources said. With the proportion of elderly prisoners on the increase, the ministry aims…
  • Kathy de Souza on Monday January 22nd Warning signs of Alzheimer you need to know about
    There are different updates are coming in front of Alzheimer which is calling as the effect of flu outrage amongst a number of states. The number of patients diagnosed with Alzheimer is getting increased day…
  • Kathy de Souza on Monday January 22nd THE ALZHEIMER’S JOURNEY: Caring for a spouse with dementia
    According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than 15 million Americans provide care to a loved one living with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. Even more astonishing is that two-thirds of the country’s 15 million…
  • Kathy de Souza on Thursday January 18th Risk for Cognitive Decline, Dementia Linked to Age-Related Hearing Loss
    Elderly patients who experience age-related hearing loss (ARHL) may be at greater risk for cognitive decline and impairment compared with elderly patients with no hearing loss, according to findings from a systematic review published in…
  • Kathy de Souza on Thursday January 18th Driver of HIV-Associated Dementia Discovered
    Researchers have recently uncovered the molecular process that can result in neurodegeneration in HIV-positive patients, according to a study published by Nature Communications. Previous studies indicate that patients with HIV have increased levels of beta-amyloid…
  • Kathy de Souza on Thursday January 18th Alzheimer's disease: Neuronal loss very limited
    Frequently encountered in the elderly, Alzheimer's is considered a neurodegenerative disease, which means that it is accompanied by a significant, progressive loss of neurons and their nerve endings, or synapses. A joint French and Canadian…
  • Kathy de Souza on Wednesday January 17th Lower your risk of Alzheimer’s disease by following the Mediterranean diet
    Dementia risk could be reduced by following the Mediterranean diet, researchers have claimed. The diet, which includes large amounts of vitamins and omega-3 polyunsaturated fats, could slow cognitive decline. Fish, fruit, vegetables and nuts -…
  • Kathy de Souza on Wednesday January 17th The woman who battles her dementia with Post-it notes
    Wendy Mitchell was devastated to learn she had Alzheimer’s aged just 58, but was determined to remain independent. In the final extract from her new book, Somebody I Used To Know, she describes the memory-joggers…
  • Kathy de Souza on Wednesday January 17th A high-salt diet produces dementia in mice
    A high-salt diet reduces resting blood flow to the brain and causes dementia in mice, according to a new study by scientists from Weill Cornell Medicine. The study, published Jan. 15 in Nature Neuroscience, is…
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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