Project - Social and Behavioural Disturbances in Dementia: Optimising Detection and Treatment
Research Project Abstract
Social and behavioural disturbances represent one of the major contributions of economic and social burden in dementia. These disturbances include aggression, apathy, social inappropriateness, loss of empathy and antisocial behaviour. These features are estimated to affect at least 90% of people with dementia at some point in the disease course, representing a profound challenge for untrained and ill-equipped families to manage and, thus, often lead to early institutionalisation. Yet, the mechanisms which give rise to these social and behavioural changes, how they manifest in real-world situations and how they can be treated and managed is poorly understood. My program of research aims to tackle these problems using a combination of neuropsychological, psychophysiological, neuroimaging and intervention methodologies.
Project with a disease tag
Dementia, MND, FTD, AD, PD, HD, PPA, Ageing
Research Project Description
This research program has three main streams:
- Providing Australian data on the consequences of dementia, with a focus on social and behavioural disturbances including: criminal behaviour, financial risk-taking, neuropsychiatric symptoms, social isolation and carer burden.
- Determining the core cognitive and neurobiological mechanisms which give rise to social and behavioural disturbances, informed by the Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) approach.
- Evaluating the efficacy of evidenced-based interventions to improve social and behavioural disturbances in dementia.