WA researchers receive funds to tackle dementia

Researchers from the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research’s Western Australian Centre for Health and Ageing (WACHA) received $250,000 to further Alzheimer’s disease research.

Funds to tackle dementiaOf the funding awarded Nationally though the Dementia Collaborative Research Centres, WACHA received the only two grants that were awarded to Western Australian researchers.

“Novel research can transform lives,” says Director and geriatrician Professor Leon Flicker.

“This substantial investment will help accelerate progress toward improving people with dementia’s quality of life, as well as connecting researchers and consumer support agencies to focus on this common goal.”

These year long research projects are designed to deliver results and improve the quality of life for those living with dementia, as well as for their carers and extended family and friends.

Alzheimer’s disease is a common disorder with devastating consequences for sufferers, their carers and their families.

“Dementia can affect anyone, both the person with the condition, and the carer, regardless of a person’s background. Age is the single biggest risk factor for dementia and our ageing society makes this research of the highest possible priority. This is why conducting dementia researcher is critical,” says Professor Leon Flicker.

Two research projects have been funded; one that will rationalise medications for people with dementia and the other will look at how to improve low mood in people with dementia and the effect on their primary carer.

According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare more than 340,000 Australians were estimated to have dementia in 2015. Based on projections of population ageing and growth, the number of people with dementia will reach almost 400,000 by 2020.

Learn more about research at the Perkins WA Centre for Health and Ageing.

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