Today AHRO attended the Scottish Dementia Research Consortium (SDRC) here in Glasgow. The visit was aimed at exploring potential partnerships and collaborations between the SDRC and healthcare professionals, with a particular focus on improving care for those living with dementia.
Dementia is a growing concern worldwide, with an estimated 50 million people living with the disease globally. The SDRC is a collaboration between six Scottish universities, with the aim of promoting and coordinating dementia research in Scotland. During the visit, the healthcare professionals had the opportunity to learn about the various research projects currently underway at the SDRC, as well as the consortium’s approach to collaboration and knowledge sharing. The healthcare professionals were impressed with the work being done at the SDRC and noted the importance of collaboration in the fight against dementia.
One of the key takeaways from the visit was the importance of developing new and innovative approaches to dementia care. The healthcare professionals were particularly interested in the SDRC’s use of technology in dementia care, including the use of virtual reality and other digital tools to help those living with dementia to maintain cognitive function and improve quality of life.
It is of great importance that we need increased funding for dementia research. The healthcare professionals noted that, despite the high number of people living with dementia worldwide, funding for dementia research is relatively low compared to other diseases. By increasing funding for research, policymakers and funding bodies can help to ensure that researchers have the resources they need to make meaningful progress in the field of dementia care.