Older people having a say in the design of research projects
Recognising the importance of engaging many different stakeholders, several of NARI’s projects are using a co-design approach.
Co-design – also known as participatory or co-operative design – ensures people who use or are affected by a service are involved in the design, implementation and review of new services. As a result, the new or improved service is more likely to meet the needs of consumers.
A current NARI co-design study is the PITCH Project, where NARI is involving people with dementia, family carers, home care workers, case managers and service managers in developing and evaluating a dementia-specific training program for home care workers.
Grant to improve access to interpreters
A $50,000 Dementia Australia Research Foundation – Victoria grant is enabling NARI researchers to trial ways to improve access to interpreters during the diagnostic process for people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds.
Using web-based videoconferencing methods like Zoom, Dr Xiaoping Lin hopes the presence of an interpreter will improve dementia diagnosis for people from CALD backgrounds, regardless of where they live.
Tailored care for older CALD people is a growing priority given the prevalence of dementia which is expected to triple in the next 30 years.
Roundtable to create CALD and dementia action plan
NARI is joining forces with the NHMRC National Institute for Dementia Research (NNIDR) to develop a roadmap for research focusing on Culturally and Linguistically Diverse people living with dementia.
The first workshop, to be held on 20 November, brings together researchers, clinicians and community representatives to identify research priorities and how these can be translated into policy and practice initiatives.
CALD Australians make up nearly 30 per cent of Australia but are represented in less than 10 per cent of dementia research studies. The prevalence of dementia among older CALD Australians is projected to increase by more than three-fold, from approximately 35,000 in 2010 to 120,000 by 2050.
Tapestry breaking down barriers to communication
Over 350 residents in seven residential aged care facilities, together with 200 families and aged care staff have been taking part in the evaluation of For You For Life Tapestry, an enhanced multidisciplinary care program to encourage better communication.
The program has been developed at Royal Freemasons in partnership with NARI to encourage greater care consistency.
Desert Mob Symposium celebrates Indigenous older artists
Dr Frances Batchelor and Paulene Mackell recently attended the Desert Mob Symposium in Alice Springs as part of a NARI research project exploring the important role that art centres play in supporting older people.
The symposium celebrated the artistic and cultural achievements of the artists of Desart-member Aboriginal art centres. The symposium focused on highlighting the stories, deep cultural knowledge, and contemporary concerns of Aboriginal artists and their art centres in Central Australia. Around 450 people attended, with eight artist presentations.