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by | Wednesday, September 18th, 2019 | News

Livewell Southwest has been helping to raise awareness of Join Dementia Research (JDR) by asking their patients, carers and family members to get involved and sign up to JDR by using a handy kiosk, located in the foyer area of Edgcumbe Unit, on the Mount Gould site.

Dementia is one of the biggest challenges we face today. The number of people with Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, and other types of dementia, is set to double over the next 30 years, according to JDR. Research offers hope and enables understanding of what causes the disease, develops effective treatments, improves care and will hopefully one day find a cure.

The research kiosk hosts a small tablet computer which shows a few bullet points to explain why JDR want their details and what they’ll do with them. Then they’re invited to provide their name, telephone / email address, region they come from, and how they would like to get more information.

Each week JDR publishes their top 10 kiosks for volunteer enquiries and we’re proud to say that Livewell has topped the leader board! To view, click here: https://nhs.joindementiaresearch.nihr.ac.uk/2144/join-dementia-research-kiosk-top-10-sites-wc-2nd-september/

Rena Truscott, Senior Research Practitioner at Livewell said:

“Firstly a big thank you to Tracy Browne, Ward Manager, and all the team and patients on Edgcumbe, Livewell’s Dementia Assessment Unit, for proactively promoting the JDR register by hosting the kiosk.

“Your efforts to increase awareness about potential research opportunities in dementia have been recognised nationally as Livewell Southwest heads the leader board!  Keep up the great work. “

Claire West, Research Delivery Manager, for the NIHR Clinical Research Network (South West Peninsula), said:

“I’m so impressed by the support that staff and patients have given for the ‘Join Dementia Research’ campaign. Research in this crucial area needs to have participation and support to make a meaningful impact and it’s encouraging to see that the campaign is receiving such high levels of support in the region.”

For more information about Dementia research, click here: https://www.joindementiaresearch.nihr.ac.uk/ or contact [email protected]

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