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Bradford leads the way in two new dementia studies

Published: Tue 14 Jul 2015
Bradford leads the way in two new dementia studies

Two University of Bradford staff have received prestigious awards for their research projects on improving care for people affected by dementia.

Dr Sahdia Parveen and Lindsey Collins, both from the University’s School of Dementia Studies, have been awarded funding from the Alzheimer’s’ Society to run two studies looking at different aspects of dementia.

Dr Sahdia Parveen will be looking at how to support current and prospective carers whilst Lindsey Collins will be exploring eating and drinking difficulties for people with dementia in care homes.

Professor Murna Downs, Head of the School of Dementia Studies, said: “Bradford continues to lead the way in researching the experience of living with dementia.

“These studies are looking at areas in dementia care that have previously had little or no exploration.  Both Lindsey and Sahdia hope that by carrying out these pioneering studies they can help develop further understanding of dementia care and ultimately help improve the lives of those living with dementia and their carers.

Dr Parveen has been awarded £224,834 for a study over three years looking at how willingness, obligation and preparation are linked with carers' well-being, in both South Asian and white British carers; and also to find out if the next generation of carers is as willing and prepared as current carers.

Dr Parveen also won the Alzheimer’s Society Dementia Research Leaders Award this month for her patient and public engagement activities. The prize was £1000 and was awarded at the annual Alzheimer’s Society conference.

Lindsey’s has received £151,555 for her research which will last four years and look at the experience of eating and drinking difficulties from the perspective of people living with dementia. It is thought that around 50% of people affected by dementia experience problems with eating and drinking, known as dysphagia. The causes and impact of swallowing difficulties can be very varied, ranging from difficulties in getting food and drink into the mouth, to physical problems with choking or food and fluids going into the lungs. Dysphagia can also have a significant impact on well-being and the social element of mealtimes.

For more information visit bradford.ac.uk/health/dementia

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