De­men­tia re­search clinic first in NZ

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

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.

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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.

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