Dementia: forget about a cure, focus on care and future prevention
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Who this event is for
Join the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences for their annual research lecture, delivered by Dame Professor Louise Robinson. The biggest risk factor for developing dementia is age, with dementia now the most common cause of death in women over 65 years of age in the United Kingdom (UK). Our ageing populations mean that the number of people with dementia globally is predicted to rapidly increase, although research from the UK and Europe has shown that modification of key lifestyle factors may positively influence this. Over the last decade, the UK has had a strong policy focus on dementia, initially via a National Dementia Strategy and followed by Prime Minister’s National Dementia Challenge. This led to the creation of the unique £200 million UK National Dementia Research Institute, with a main focus on finding the ‘cure’ and/or novel dementia drug therapies. Professor Robinson will discuss why future research should be as equally focused on improving the quality of dementia care and targeting future prevention as exploring the elusive cure.
About the Speaker
Professor Dame Louise Robinson has a lifelong passion to improve the care of older people. Her research on the care of older people, especially those living with dementia, has led to more than 120 publications and to the highest levels of recognition for her work. She was conferred with the title of Dame for her services to Primary Care, and for improving older people's quality of life and the care they receive. By Royal appointment, she received the only Regius Professorship of Ageing and has twice been awarded 'National Clinical Champion for Ageing' by the Royal College of General Practitioners. Dame Louise’s research focuses on helping people remain independent in old age and facilitating healthy ageing across their lifetime.
Find out more about the Oxford Brookes Healthy Ageing and Care Research Network here; /research/healthy-ageing-and-care/