Clinical & nursing

An AI-driven companion for people with dementia

01 December, 2023

UNSW researchers have developed Viv, an artificial intelligence-driven companion aimed at improving the lives of people living with dementia.

Pilot project uses technology to improve resident communication

16 November, 2023

Bolton Clarke Research Institute is investigating personal amplification devices, which use digital technology to enhance speech, as a low-cost alternative to hearing aids.

Nurse practitioners prescribe as safely as physicians: study

03 November, 2023

Nurse practitioners and physicians are similarly likely to inappropriately prescribe medications to older patients, new research from the US reveals.

Meaningful engagement key to avoiding poor dementia care practices

25 October, 2023

Aged care workers want to be more meaningfully engaged with residents living with dementia, yet face challenges like staff shortages and time constraints.

RACFs beneficial for those with dementia: AIHW

20 October, 2023

Australians with dementia who move into residential aged care after a hospital stay are less likely to be readmitted within one year, according to the AIHW.

Fluctuating blood pressure increases dementia risk: study

19 October, 2023

While high blood pressure (BP) is a known risk factor for dementia, new research suggests that fluctuating BP can also increase this risk in older people.

Survey highlights impact of caring roles

18 October, 2023

Dementia Australia is sharing the results of the survey of more than 100 people to highlight the impacts of caring roles and to remind carers of the National Dementia Helpline.

Call for papers for International Dementia Conference 2024

13 October, 2023

IDC2024 will bring together the latest in dementia research and care from 5–6 September 2024 at the Hilton Sydney.

Trial shows hope for MCI treatment among older adults  

13 October, 2023

A clinical trial for the treatment of mild cognitive impairment among older people signals the efficacy and safety of Sailuotong, a novel herbal extract, as a potential treatment.

Dementia study calls for 1500 volunteers to assess generational change

27 September, 2023

A national study is set to explore whether there has been a generational change in brain health, following major increases in the number of Australians aged 65 and over.

Calvary, U Syd trial to help those living with dementia

22 September, 2023

Calvary and the University of Sydney have teamed up to trial and evaluate a new program to help aged care residents with mild to moderate dementia remain healthy and independent.

Dementia-Friendly Communities Action Plan released

22 September, 2023

Dementia Australia and Parliamentary Friends of Dementia have released an action plan to make New South Wales a more dementia-friendly state.

Ongoing hypertension treatment important for dementia prevention

15 September, 2023

People over the age of 60 treated for their high blood pressure have a 26% lower risk of dementia compared to those untreated, according to a UNSW research study.

Study highlights new cause of Alzheimer's, vascular dementia

08 September, 2023

A new cause of cell death in Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia has been revealed, following an examination of post-mortem human brain tissue of patients with dementia.

New eye-tracking tech to assist older dementia patients

07 September, 2023

The Caring Futures Institute is using eye-tracking technology to drive improvements in self-reported quality of care and quality of life information from older people.

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