The research is being funded by NSW Health. The Centre for Health Initiatives, which has a focus on aged care and dementia, is a Research Strength of the University of Wollongong.
Research Officer with the Centre for Health Initiatives, Katherine Eagleton, said that research into dementia prevention in people aged 45 to 60 is of growing importance.
She said demographic ageing was expected to significantly increase with impacts on the health budget and well being of patients, their families, carers and friends.
In light of this, researchers at the Centre for Health Initiatives are in need of individuals aged 45-60 years to participate in focus groups regarding dementia prevention.
The pilot study will involve focus groups generally coming on to campus, however, if there is a group that can get together themselves (for example, a social group of some sort), UOW researchers can come to them.
Participants will be involved in a group discussion with up to seven other people. Researchers are not looking for people with specific knowledge of dementia or dementia prevention. They are interested in the views and opinions of members of the public. The group will also look at and discuss some advertisements about dementia prevention and fill in a brief survey.
The focus group will take about 60 minutes. Refreshments will be provided and all participants will receive a $40 Coles-Myer gift card.
Contact numbers for volunteers and the media
Anyone interested in participating or who would like to know more should contact Katherine Eagleton at the Centre for Health Initiatives on 4221 5106 or mobile 0401 466 508 or via email at [email protected]