Dementia and Positive Ageing Research
With an estimated 44 million people worldwide living with dementia in 2013, and the number projected to rise to 135 million by 2050, the challenges of finding a cure, developing better treatments, and providing suitable supports, are among the most pressing public health concerns of our time.
In Ireland, there are around 42,000 people with dementia, a number expected to rise to around 140,000 by 2041. This could push the annual cost of dementia from €1.69 billion to over €5 billion at current prices. Life expectancy in Ireland is also rising – 83 years for women and 79 for men, both higher than the EU average. In addition, the number of older people is projected to double to 1 million by 2031.
Our research emphasises ‘ageing in place’ and ‘living well with dementia’ through an integrated approach to health and social care. A number of our projects take community development approaches to knowledge generation, blurring the boundaries between research and practice in an outcomes-driven approach, which provides practical advice to policy makers and service providers.
The five projects in which the School of Nursing and Human Sciences is a partner are:
- Dem@care – a project for the timely diagnosis, assessment, maintenance and promotion of self-independence of people with dementia.
- Dementia Elevator - preparing communities and health systems to respond to people with dementia in a way that reduces excess disability.
- Actifcare – a European dementia research project that aims to analyse the pathways to care for people with dementia and their families, to better understand the reasons for inequalities.
- In-mindd – an initiative for long-term brain health and preventing or at least delaying the onset of dementia by combining social innovation, multifactorial modelling and clinical expertise.
- Posadem – a pan-European Erasmus project focused on developing a multidisciplinary Masters programme in dementia.
- CAPTAIN (Coach Assistant via Projected and Tangible Interface) - CAPTAIN transforms the living environment to support independent living for older adults.
- The National Dementia Registry Project - Developing a protype of a National Dementia registry for Ireland.