The role of sleep in cognitive impairment and caregiving
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Sleep is a key pillar of health. With ageing, the prevalence of sleep disorders increase, having implications for waking function and quality of life. Sleep disruptions, such as with obstructive sleep apnoea, have been associated with increased likelihood of poor health including cognitive impairment. Furthermore, with dementia, sleep disturbances are typically more diverse and extreme, having secondary impacts on the sleep and wellbeing of family carers.
In this webinar, Dr Jackson will provide an overview of the evidence concerning cognitive impairment in obstructive sleep apnoea, including novel aspects of episodic memory, and brain changes that are observed in untreated patients as well as the preliminary results of her non-pharmacological treatment trials. Following this, Dr Gibson will provide an overview of her work concerning the prevalence and experience of sleep problems within family carers of people with dementia. Including sleep across the dementia journey, transitions into residential care.
Attendees of this webinar will
- Learn about current research activities in sleep and ageing in Australia and NZ
- Understand the importance of sleep in ageing, cognitive impairment and dementia, as well as caregiving
- Explore sleep as a modifiable factors to slow or even prevent cognitive decline as well as support dementia-related caregiving situations
Hear from our speakers:
Dr Melinda Jackson
Turner Institute for Brain and Mental Health
Monash University, Melbourne.
Dr Melinda Jackson is a Senior Lecturer and Psychologist at Monash University, and heads the Sleep, Cognition and Mood lab. Her research explores the impact of sleep loss and sleep disorders on components of cognition, mood and brain health. Through this research, she aims to determine the impact of treating sleep disorders and improving overall sleep health on cognition and wellbeing.
Dr Rosie Gibson
Sleep/Wake Research Centre
Massey University, Wellington, NZ
Dr Rosie Gibson has a background in aged care, psychology and clinical sleep medicine. She leads projects within the Sleep in Aging and Dementia profile of the Sleep/Wake Research Centre. Her work explores prevalence, risk factors and outcomes for sleep disruptions with ageing, dementia and caregiving. She also works qualitatively to represent the experiences and psycho-social context of sleep as well as trialling interventions to support sleep health.
Dr Aisling Smyth
School of Nursing & Midwifery
Edith Cowan University, Perth
Dr Aisling Smyth is an early career researcher interested in
investigating the role of sleep in maintaining health and well-being.
She is an academic in the School of Nursing & Midwifery, Edith
Cowan University, Perth. She is also a member of the AAG Early
Career Research (ECR) group and the AAG SECG ECR conference
organising committee 2020.
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Event Date & Time: Wednesday 28th October 12.00pm to 1.00pm AEDT
Event Location: WEBINAR, National
Registrations Open: 9th Oct 20 1:00 AM
Registrations Close: 27th Oct 20 10:30 AM
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