Bangor University has announced that it will be part of a new international research project examining rare forms of dementia as well as support systems in rural and remote communities. Rare forms take in what is commonly called early-onset dementia which typically affects people in their 50’s and 60’s. The project will run for five years and will also involve Nipissing University and University College London along with a partnership with the Alzheimer Society Sudbury-Manitoulin North Bay and Districts.
The project will examine a number of issues and researchers will conduct phone interviews with support groups across the UK and Canada. The program will also seek to understand how different types of support groups help different people with different dementias at various times in their journey with the illness. Other paths of inquiry will include developing ways for capturing whether support groups are effective, as well as determining how cost effective support groups are when compared with other types of service. Another important facet of the project will be to train health care professionals and researchers to recognize the needs of people with rare dementias and to learn what benefits this training may have for their work with people with more common dementias.
Bangor University’s role in this project is in keeping with their profile as a leader in health care training in Wales. The University recently opened its well-respected 3 yr (Hons) Nursing Program to Canadian Students for the first time. Applications are still being accepted for a September 2019 start. If you are interested in finding out more about any of their health care related programs or would like to apply from Canada, please contact Jackie at JSB@barclayedu.com