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Collaborative dementia care praised in new study

Collaborative dementia care praised in new study
20th November 2012

Collaborative dementia care has been hailed as a success by a new study in the US.

The approach of the Indianapolis Discovery Network for Dementia, which uses contributions from family members, community advocates, health care systems and researchers has boosted dementia care, according to a report by the Regenstrief Institute and the Indiana University (IU) Center for Aging Research.

Regenstrief Institute investigator Dr Malaz Boustani, associate director of the IU Center for Aging Research and IU School of Medicine associate professor of medicine, said: "Regular face-to-face meetings of caregivers, clinicians and researchers provide invaluable opportunities to balance human need and the flood of information as we develop and deliver new and innovative dementia care."

Dr Boustani added it is not enough to develop and test effective solutions for people affected by dementia.

A recent study carried out by an international group and published online by the New England Journal of Medicine showed that a new gene variant strongly raises the risk for Alzheimer's disease.

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