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Katharine recently graduated from a Bachelor of Psychology (Hons Class I, University Medal) at the University of Sydney. Her honours thesis characterised white matter hyperintensities in frontotemporal dementia and Alzheimer’s disease using cutting edge neuroimaging techniques. She is interested in exploring the role of various lifestyle factors on mental and cognitive health and well-being in ageing and dementia populations. Katharine is currently assisting in the Self-management and Health Promotion in early-stage dementia with E-learning for carers (SHAPE) project and Personality and Total Health (PATH) Through Life project.
This is a trial designed to test a new intervention to support people with early stage dementia and their care partners. The research will combine three existing interventions based on self-management, health promotion and e-learning into one extended educational program. We hope to improve well-being and support people to live in their own homes for as long as possible by providing the relevant knowledge, information and skills directly to the people with dementia.
The Personality and Total Health (PATH) Through Life Project is co-hosted by the Australian National University and the University of New South Wales and has been led by Professor Anstey since 2006. It is a large on-going population-based longitudinal cohort study comprising approximately 7500 participants. The study includes three cohorts including a younger (aged 20–24 at baseline), midlife (aged 40–44 at baseline) and older (aged 60–64 at baseline) adults randomly sampled from the electoral roll of the ACT and the nearby city of Queanbeyan. Additional waves of data collection have occurred in 4-year increments, with the 5th wave of data collection underway. The study involves many national and international collaborations.
The broad aims of the PATH study relate to clinical outcomes that constitute the major burden of disease within the Australian community.
Primary PATH Objectives:
Several design features of the PATH project contribute to its unique standing among population-based longitudinal cohort studies.
This project has been funded primarily by the National Health and Medical Research Council. Wave 5 40s and 60s follow-ups (led by Professor Kaarin Anstey) are funded by the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research.
For more information, please visit the study website at www.pathstudy.org.au. PATH participants can also contact the research team by phone on 1300 917 295.
DR CRAIG SINCLAIR
Postdoctoral Fellow School of Psychology UNSW
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