$60,000 for dementia care research projects

dv1811054State Trustees Australia Foundation recently funded two dementia care research projects to help people with dementia and their carers retain their independence and cope with depression and anxiety.

This first project will explore ways to reduce unnecessary hospital admissions for people with dementia. Although hospitalisation is often necessary, admissions related to issues such as carer stress, challenging behaviours and continence management could potentially be avoided if people with dementia and their carers receive additional support as soon as an issue was identified.

The second project will adapt and test a UK support program for carers of people living with dementia who often experience high rates of depression and anxiety. The online program aims to support carers to understand and better manage the behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia.

Both projects were awarded $30,000. Funded through bequests and donations and administered by State Trustees, the Foundation is committed to funding research into better ways of supporting people with dementia.

State Trustees General Manager Client Services, Melanie Lewis said that both projects were aimed at helping dementia suffers by providing a better, healthier and more independent quality of life.

‘The issue of dementia is close to the heart of State Trustee services due to our experience in dealing with individuals and carers of people with dementia and helping them manage their financial affairs.’

‘Dementia is a strategic funding area for the Foundation as it cuts across our funding categories of ageing, disability and mental health. It is a disability, one commonly associated with ageing that often affects people’s emotional wellbeing. Dementia is now the second leading cause of death in Australia and no cure exists.’

The projects were awarded to the Melbourne Ageing Research Collaboration, auspiced by the National Ageing Research Institute, a consortium of partners with a shared purpose and mission to improve the lives of older people through rapid translation of research into practice.

The grants coincided with a third year of funding to the National Ageing Research Institute of $60,000 to investigate the use of treating depression with analgesics in person with dementia. This three year project aims to examine pain and depression ultimately to improve the quality of life for older people suffering from dementia.

State Trustees Australia Foundation runs a number of programs aimed at helping people with issues related to ageing, disability and mental health. The Foundation’s Grassroots Grants program opens to organisations on 22 August 2016.