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Northridge House Education & Research Centre is delighted to announce the establishment of our External Academic Advisory Board . Through the work of the Board we have the privilege to be connected to the innovative research being undertaken by Prof. Brendan McCormack and Prof. Jan Dewing at Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh.

Health of Dementia Caregivers Focus of New Trinity Research

The health and well-being of partners who care for people with dementia is the subject of a three-year study being undertaken by researchers at Trinity College Dublin’s Institute for Neuroscience.

Researchers at Trinity are looking to recruit 300 participants for its De-Stress project which will study the stress levels and cognitive function of Irish dementia caregivers. The study, being conducted by Trinity’s NEIL (Neuro-Enhancement for Independent Lives) programme, will provide information on the determinants of the health of carers of people with dementia.

Informal caregivers, over the age of 50, who are providing care for their spouse or partner with dementia at home are eligible to participate. The study is funded by the Alzheimer Society of Ireland and the Health Research Board under the Medical Research Charities Group funding scheme.

The average age of the population in Ireland and the number of people aged over 65 is increasing. Unfortunately the prevalence of dementia also increases with age, which means that there is a growing need for dementia care. Much of this care is provided by informal caregivers who are frequently partners over the age of 60. While this type of care is a vital and invaluable resource associated with better quality of life and positive health outcomes for the person with dementia, it can be challenging for the person providing care. Read more…