Dr Laurie Grealish
Menzies Health Institute Queensland
Optimising Health Outcomes Program
Dementia Awareness Month Event
What happens to people with dementia in hospital
The Australian population is ageing, with 21% projected to be over the age of 65 years by 2061. In 2014, 41% of all hospital separations were for people aged 65 years and older. Around 20% of older people in hospital will have some form of dementia. In this presentation, national data on what can happen to older people with dementia in hospital will be reviewed, and research into innovations to address these matters, which is currently being undertaken in collaboration with Gold Coast Health and other Queensland Health sites, will be shared.
Laurie Grealish is Associate Professor of subacute and aged nursing in a research intensive, conjoint position between Griffith University and Gold Coast Health. In this role, Laurie supports clinician initiated studies as well as leads a research program in the areas of hospitalised older people with cognitive impairment, end-of-life care, and work-based learning. She is an experienced academic, awarded for her leadership in work-based learning. In 2016, Laurie was awarded an NHMRC Translating Research into Practice (TRIP) Fellowship (2016-17) to implement a delirium prevention program for older hospitalised adults. She is also leading a Queensland Health supported project to improve the quality of discharge processes for older people with dementia.
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September is Dementia Awareness Month
The purpose of Dementia Awareness Month is to encourage Australians to become dementia- aware, have a better understanding of what it is like for a person to live with dementia, and ultimately be encouraged to create communities where people with dementia are supported to live a high quality of life with meaning, purpose and value. The theme for 2017 is You are not alone and the main activities are a series of seminars with international and local dementia experts and key note speakers. Read more here.
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