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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

Dementia Research Collaborative

When: Monday 26th February 2018, 2pm-3pm

Where: NEAT Suite, Room 01.09, Queens Building, UEA; see map

Speaker: Dr Diane Bunn, Lecturer in Nursing Sciences, School of Health Sciences, UEA – ‘Supporting people with dementia to drink well’

For people living with dementia, there is an increased risk of developing dehydration, when we do not drink enough to replace obligatory fluid losses which occur when we urinate, defecate, breathe and sweat. Low-intake dehydration is associated with a number of comorbidities, an increased risk of hospital admission and mortality. Thus, ensuring that we drink enough is essential for health and well-being. If there are difficulties with drinking, then it becomes a supported activity, where particular needs should be identified and appropriate help and care provided. For people living with dementia, some of the common issues are remembering to drink and recognising that they are feeling thirsty and linking that sensation with going to find a drink. Swallowing abilities also change, and so do taste preferences. As drinking is often a social activity, drinking socially is an integral aspect of care, not only for people with dementia, but for their friends, families and carers too! As much of our work has been undertaken in care homes, I will describe how our research into hydration care has involved people with dementia living in residential homes, and how we propose to take this work forward.

Dr Diane Bunn is a Lecturer in Nursing Science in the School of Health Sciences at the University of East Anglia, Norfolk. She has recently completed her PhD investigating hydration care and the prevention of dehydration in older people living in care homes. Dr Bunn has also been involved in a number of other projects related to nutritional and hydration care in care homes (http://driestudy.appspot.com), and her research is continuing to develop in this area.

Information: Free parking for all attending (please bring your parking token to the meeting, which can be validated there); Free tea & coffee. The meeting is sponsored by Alzheimer’s Research UK.


Dementia Research Collaborative

When: Tuesday 24th April 2018, 2pm-3pm

Where: NEAT Suite, Room 01.09, Queens Building, UEA; see map

Speaker: Professor Eneida Mioshi, Professor of Dementia Care, Associate Director for Research – Dementia and Complexity in Later Life and Deputy Director (UEA) – CLAHRC East of England, School of Health Sciences, UEA. Further details to follow.

Information: Free parking for all attending (please bring your parking token to the meeting, which can be validated there); Free tea & coffee. The meeting is sponsored by Alzheimer’s Research UK.

Contact Contact

To get in contact with the Dementia Research Collaborative (DRC) please email us at Dementia.Research@uea.ac.uk