A European team of experts will explore, investigate and evaluate the role of the neighborhood in everyday lives of people with dementia. The new research project was announced during the G8 dementia summit on December 11. The data from the project should significantly add to the understanding of dementia. There are 44 million people living with dementia and by 2050 that number should triple to 135 million. Dementia is a national and global crisis.
Creating neighborhood profiles, discovering geographic variations
This project, led by the University of Manchester, will be the first large-scale research program to work alongside people with dementia and their families in a variety of roles from advisers to co-researchers. The team will develop Neighborhood Profiles using existing longitudinal databases to provide more accurate estimates of geographical variation in cognitive ageing and service use to inform policy.
Researchers and families working together to find solutions
“One of the exciting parts about this 5-year program is that we are going to work alongside people with dementia and their families to undertake all aspects of the research, from the planning to the doing. This will lead to the development of new research tools for use by people with dementia and their families and help to create innovative ways of working,” said Professor John Keady, lead researcher from The University of Manchester.
Researchers may have dementia themselves
“I think the research program idea is fantastic!” said Mike Howorth, who has dementia and is one of the people working as a researcher. “I’ve got first-hand knowledge of what it’s like to live with dementia and help those who have it so I know involving people with dementia and their carers will make this project invaluable.”
Source: MedicalNewsToday, Dementia Initiative