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The Dementia Research Collaborative (DRC) at UEA is group of researchers, educators, clinicians and lay people who are interested in dementia research.

The aims of the group are:

i)    to disseminate cutting-edge dementia research findings across UEA, health services and the public

ii)    to foster research collaborations across UEA, health services and the public

Events Events

The next UEA Dementia Open Forum is taking place on:

Wednesday 13th February 2018 from 2-3pm in the Room 3.02, Harvard Lecture Theatre, Julian Study Centre, UEA (see map)

Speaker: Dr Tamara Backhouse - ‘Personal care in advanced dementia: working towards reducing refusals’

People with dementia develop high needs for assistance with their personal care and in the later stages can be reluctant to receive support with these daily tasks. When people with late-stage dementia refuse assistance with personal care it leaves those caring for them in a difficult position. If care is not provided, the person with dementia could become neglected, have poor hygiene, or develop urine burns or infections. On the other hand, if care is provided, it could be against the person’s will. Refusal of care could be due to the person with dementia not understanding what the caregiver is trying to do, environmental factors, health status, or unmet needs. Refusals are common in people with dementia living in care homes and living at home. I will present data demonstrating this difficult area, consider current interventions, and introduce my Alzheimer’s Society Research Fellowship, which aims to examine this issue further.

Dr Tamara Backhouse is an Alzheimer’s Society Research Fellow at the School of Health Sciences, University of East Anglia. Dr Backhouse has extensive experience of working as a paid carer with older adults. She has been involved in a number of projects related to dementia care and care home research.

The bi-monthly series of free dementia events at UEA create an exchange of knowledge between researchers, clinicians, the general public, people with dementia and their carers.  Anyone with an interest in dementia research is welcome.

Researchers from UEA will present their cutting-edge research studies and findings – with a different UEA dementia researcher leading each event. There will also be an opportunity for people to find out how to take part in any upcoming studies.  At the end of each meeting there will be a short 15 minute Q&A and there will be tea and coffee on arrival.  The events are sponsored by Alzheimer’s Research UK.

To book or for more information about the event contact:

Tel:        01603 593540

The events are open to all and free to attend.  Parking is free of charge for this event in the ‘Main Visitors Car Park’ only and parking tokens will be validated at the registration desk on arrival.  Please note that other car parks on campus will incur standard UEA parking charges.  

Many thanks and we hope you will be able to join us.

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