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A Psychosocial Intervention to Improve Outcomes in Parkinsonian Dementias

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Saint Peters House

Oxford Road

Manchester

M13 9GH

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Seminar 2 – 4pm, free networking lunch 1pm on Wednesday, 21st February, 2018

St Peters House Auditorium

People with Parkinson’s disease are 20 – 40% more likely to develop dementia compared to people without the disease. Dementia, or mild cognitive impairment, in Parkinson’s disease can cause mental impairment, such as problems with memory and attention, and can have a negative impact on people with the disease and their companions.

Cognitive Stimulation Therapy for Parkinson’s disease (CST-PD) is a new therapy that has been developed to address the mental and emotional challenges that can decrease quality of life for people with dementia and their companions. The therapy involves engaging in structured, enjoyable activities that support memory, stimulate communication and enhance well-being.

We have recently investigated the feasibility of rolling out CST-PD as a large-scale study in UK. In this afternoon of short talks we will describe the development of the therapy and present the early findings from the pilot trial. We will discuss the challenges associated with using questionnaires to assesses changes in disease symptoms and well-being, and introduce alternative outcome measures. We will finish by inviting you to take part in an interactive session of CST-PD to gather your views on therapy and how it might be improved. The feedback from the session, together with the findings from the pilot CST-PD trial, will be used to further develop the intervention prior to a UK-wide randomised controlled trial.

Speakers:

Prof Iracema Leroi – Professor of Psychiatry of Ageing and Dementia, Division of Neuroscience and Experimental Psychology, University of Manchester

Ms Sabina Vatter, Research Assistant and Doctoral Researcher, Division of Neuroscience and Experimental Psychology, University of Manchester

Mr Julio Vega, School of Computer Science, Doctoral Researcher, School of Computer Science, University of Manchester


13:00 - 14:00 - Free Networking Lunch

14:00 - 14:05 - Introduction - general introduction by chair

14:05 - 14:30 - Iracema Leroi. The INVEST study: the story so far.

14:30 - 14:55 - Julio Vega and Sabina Vatter. Addressing the challenges in measuring change in Parkinson’s- related dementias.

14:55 - 15:10 - Coffee Break

15:10 - 15:30 - Group interactive session

15:30 - 16:00 - Q&As with the panel of speakers

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