Dementia research clinic first in NZ
New Zealand’s first dementia research clinic will open in Grafton later this year.
It will trial treatments to slow the onset and progression of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
The clinic will initially be open to participants for one day a week from within the University of Auckland’s Research.
Trials may include testing novel drugs, nutritional supplements, and cognitive, social and physical interventions, the clinic’s codirector Dr Lynette Tippett says.
Information will also be collected from caregivers and family members.
About 50,000 New Zealanders suffer from dementia and this is predicted to increase to 150,000 people by 2050.
The clinic is not intended as an alternative health service. It has been funded with two donations totalling $510,000 from the Alzheimer’s New Zealand Charitable Trust and the Angus Trust.