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Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing

Neighbourhood and Dementia Study latest newsletter released

5 April 2018

The ESRC/NIHR funded Neighbourhoods and Dementia Study is led by an interdisciplinary group of medical, social gerontologists, geriatrician and social statisticians. They produce regular newsletters and have just released issue 7 – Spring 2018.

The study encompasses several different Work Programmes. Headlining this latest newsletter are researchers from Work Programme 4 - Our People, Our Places who have travelled to Sofia, Bulgaria as they have been awarded a European Foundations’ Initiative on Dementia Award. They have also been awarded additional funding from the ESRC to support their programme of dissemination work, including the development of creative outputs under the guidance of a team of people living with dementia and their carers who participated in the earlier stages of the research.

Work Programme 2 “English Longitudinal Study of Aging” involves research from MICRAs Professor James Nazroo who has works closely on this with Dr Gindo Tambupolon and Professor Neil Pendleton. This programme which uses the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing to understand area effects on cognition and dementia has been focusing on reporting the findings from their research to peer reviewed journals. The report presenting the local authority level prevalence of dementia level cognitive function in England and its determinants was submitted to the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry at the end of last year. This is titled ‘Dementia across local districts in England 2014-2015’. It showed marked variation in area level prevalence across England posing challenges to the local authorities delivering services and care for adults with dementia. They were able to examine individuals’ risk factors (such as education, comorbidities and lifestyles) and area level features within the same analytical models used. The results are interesting and the team intend to explore these in future newsletters. They have recently received useful feedback from reviewers on this submission and have been invited to modify their manuscript according to these. The team also look forward to ways in which this area work can be further developed in future research.

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