Carers of older people with dementia needed for nursing study

22 November 2011

Researchers from The University of Auckland are calling for carers of older people with dementia to take part in a study looking at the availability and adequacy of support in their communities.

The School of Nursing study hopes to recruit up to 300 people throughout New Zealand who are primary carers for someone diagnosed with dementia and 65 years of age or older to find out more about the factors which improve quality of life for both carers and older people.

Findings from the study will be used to improve supports in the community and health sector which will improve the experience of carers and enable older people to continue living at home.

Volunteers in the study would be participate in a one-hour interview about their experiences with current support for caring followed by a second one-hour interview the following year about how that support has changed. All interviews would be carried out by health professionals.

People interested in finding out more about this study should email Nabeel Abdrabalanabi at The University of Auckland at n.abdrabalanabi@auckland.ac.nz .

Contacts:

Megan Fowlie, Communications Adviser P: +64 9 373 7599 extn 83257 M: +64 (0)21 802 143 Email: m.fowlie@auckland.ac.nz