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Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing

Neighbourhood and Dementia Study Summer Update

5 July 2017

The study encompasses several different and exciting Work Programmes.

The ESRC/NIHR funded Neighbourhoods and Dementia Study is led by an interdisciplinary group of medical, social gerontolo-gists, geriatrician and social statisticians. The study encompasses several different and exciting Work Programmes.

For example, Work Programme 2 “English Longitudinal Study of Aging”. Professor James Nazroo has been working closely on this with Dr Gindo Tambupolon and Professor Neil Pendleton. Over the past three years they have used a representative longitudinal cohort study, taking data from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA), the Office of National Statistics and linked dementia prevalence data to produce geographical maps showing geographical variation in dementia prevalence across England.

To continue this research they developed a multilevel model to determine individual risk factors or area features associated with dementia prevalence. Their first analysis results suggested that area differences in dementia prevalence are determined by individual risk factors (gender, education, physical activity) rather than area features such as index of deprivation or land use mixes. The findings will be developed further before the imminent completion of this study but the group looks forward to continued workings and contributions with the Neighbourhood and Dementia Study Some of the other Work Programmes include “Member Involvement” for example which has members such as “Open Doors” who have been involved in filming for ‘The Changing Face of Our Neighbour-hoods’ project. The film is currently in the editing stages and a film launch is expected in the autumn. The “Core Outcome Set” are designing an accessible Delphi survey in order to allow those living with Dementia to participate with other stakeholders such as care partners, health and social care professionals, policy makers and researchers to rate the importance of community based programmes.

Another Work Programme “Hospital Training” focuses on a different angle of dementia – the DEMTRAIN study aims to develop the evidence base for training in NHS hospitals, examining the impact of dementia training on staff skills, knowledge, confidence and satisfaction, and improved outcomes for patients living with dementia in acute hospital settings. These are just some examples of the Work Programmes being undertaken within this study. For more details, including a fuller summary of each individual Work Programme within the study please see the latest newsletter.

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