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Date:4/3/2008

examine the current use of hospitals by people with dementia, including the frequency of cases, their outcomes and the staff and carers' perspectives of the issues, with a view to designing better future care.

Focusing on the potentially traumatic transition of dementia patients from home to residential care, Professor Chenery and her colleagues aim to develop an intervention program for dementia patients in both metropolitan and rural Queensland that focuses on positive communication and memory strategies.

The program would maximise dementia patients' ability to learn and retain functional skills to preserve the health and wellbeing of both people with dementia and their caregivers, she said.

Previous models of care in dementia have tended to focus on single skill areas, Professor Chenery said.

The key innovation in this project is that it brings together researchers from speech pathology, psychology, nursing and psychiatry to develop an interdisciplinary intervention targeted at the intersection between memory and language.


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