Siobhan O'Dwyer

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BACKGROUND Declines in cognitive functioning are a normal part of aging that can affect daily functioning and quality of life. This study will examine the impact of an exercise training program, and a combined exercise and cognitive training program, on the cognitive and physical functioning of older adults. METHODS/DESIGN Fit Bodies, Fine Minds is a(More)
INTRODUCTION Apathy, agitated behaviours, loneliness and depression are common consequences of dementia. This trial aims to evaluate the effect of a robotic animal on behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia in people with dementia living in long-term aged care. METHODS AND ANALYSIS A cluster-randomised controlled trial with three treatment(More)
OBJECTIVE The objective of this pilot study was to gather preliminary evidence on suicidal ideation in family carers of people with dementia. METHODS An online, cross-sectional survey was conducted with 120 family carers, the majority of whom were located in Australia and USA. The survey included measures of suicidality, self-efficacy, physical health,(More)
OBJECTIVE Family caregivers of people with dementia often report high levels of stress and depression, but little is known about those who contemplate suicide or self-harm. This study explores thoughts of suicide, self-harm and death in dementia caregivers and investigates the characteristics that distinguish them from those without such thoughts. METHODS(More)
PURPOSE OF REVIEW To describe the impact of living in a nursing home on quality of life (QoL) in people living with dementia. RECENT FINDINGS People with dementia are likely to spend time in a nursing home, particularly in the late stage of the syndrome when declining functional and cognitive ability add to the burden of community care. Although it is(More)
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