Research into the effects and symptoms of dementia is an area which HMT feels very passionate about. As a not for profit organisation, funding research is a huge part of HMT and something which we feel passionate about.
HMT continues to fund many different types of research, both scientific and social. Working in partnership with leading charities and universities in the UK. The focus of current research is on the diagnosis of dementia, treatment and care for those living with the disease.
Dementia is caused when the brain is damaged by disease such as Alzheimer’s or through a series of strokes. The effects and symptoms of dementia can vary person to person but often problems include; day-to-day memory loss, difficulty following conversations, a lack of orientation and having trouble concentrating.
There are further many symptoms which are often forgotten about when discussing dementia including sleep disturbance and an increased risk of falls. These forgotten symptoms have recently been the focus of HMT’s funded research.
By funding and assisting in this kind of research, HMT is making a real difference to those living with dementia. Research supported and funded by HMT improves the quality of care patients receive by identifying specific symptoms and putting in the research to reduce and eliminate them altogether.
HMT has funded research in partnership with some of the most advanced universities and charities in the UK. This includes Stirling University in Scotland, Kings College London, Nottingham University Hospital and the Alzheimer’s Society.
The occurrence of sleep disturbance is common particularly to those living in care homes. A lack of sleep has a knock on effect which can lead to other symptoms and have a detrimental effect on their health.
Kings College London have been studying why and how this symptom affects those with dementia. They have been working to develop a new night-time care program which helps to reduce this particular symptom for all involved.
The second area of research is that of reducing the risk of falls for adults living with dementia. It is reported that if an older adult has dementia, their risk of falling is much greater, this program of research is set to understand exactly what can be done. Falls can cause physical and emotional strain on both the dementia patient and their career.
The three-year clinical training fellowship will be undertaken at Nottingham University Hospital and has the support from the Alzheimer’s Society. There is a lot that can be done to prevent falls in the home and support those with dementia who are at risk.
HMT will continue to fund and assist in research projects which will improve the lives of people living with dementia and the level of care they are able to receive. To read more on our research programs click here.