The Australian federal government recently announced the creation of a collaborative ‘partnership centre’  that will bring together researchers, health professionals and policy makers to search for answers to the vast problems posed by the rising prevalence of dementia as the population ages.

The five-year project is to funded through a partnership between the National Health and Medical Research Council [NHMRC], Alzheimer’s Australia, Brightwater Care Group and IAHSA members HammondCare Group and Helping Hand Aged Care.

The research will look at care models as well as types of technologies being developed for those with cognitive decline.

IAHSA is sponsoring two study tours in 2012 that speak to finding solutions to this global problem:

April 2012:  IAHSA/CAST Technology Tour focusing on trends in care provision and use of technology to help frail older adults.

October 2012: IAHSA/Alzheimer’s Disease International tour titled Alzheimer’s Disease: Research Meets Care, exploring research and treatment protocols for early stage dementia with visits to communities providing care.