Nottingham Centre for the Advancement of Research into Supportive, Palliative and End-of-life Care (NCARE)
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Frail older people (including those with dementia) and their families 

One of the great successes of modern healthcare has been its contribution to the extension of life expectancy, particularly in the developed world. Most deaths now follow an extended period of ageing with progressive degenerative co-morbid conditions and progressive frailty. 

Increasingly, older people experience conditions such as advanced dementia, in which there is a loss of mental capacity. This demographic transition constitutes one of the major public health issues of our age. It increases demands on the healthcare resources and expertise and impacts on the ways in which individuals anticipate the future and their relationships with those around them. Informal carers play a critical role in supporting frail older people throughout complex trajectories of declining health, extending increasingly to end-of-life care.   

Our research explores the experience of giving and receiving care involving frail older people, including those affected by dementia and cognitive impairment, and how this can be improved for patients and their families in all healthcare settings. 

Research that makes an impact

PrAISED: Promoting Activity, Independence and Stability in Early Dementia

This project aims to develop an intervention that promotes activity and reduces falls in those with early dementia or mild cognitive impairment. 

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BOUGH: Broadening our Understanding of Good Home Care

Can our understanding of home care for dementia patients improve policy and training?

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Meet our researchers

Sarah Goldberg

Sarah is currently working on the PrAISED and VOICES studies to develop interventions to improve the health and wellbeing of older patients living with frailty, particularly those with cognitive impairment and dementia. 

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Nottingham Centre for the Advancement of Research into Supportive, Palliative and End-of-life Care (NCARE)

The University of Nottingham
School of Health Sciences
Queen's Medical Centre
Nottingham, NG7 2HA