Cost Analysis

Developing a proforma to assess the financial costs of caring for a person with dementia in collaboration with the Madras School of Economics. The proforma is in pilot stage, and is being revised based on administrations to caregivers of persons with dementia.

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Cognitive Screening & Assessment Tool

To validate an appropriate screening tool for dementia for use in both community and clinical populations. It is important that this tool not be influenced by level of educational attainment of the assessment-takers.

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Module Development for Training Programs

Understanding the needs and challenges of family caregivers, home-care professionals and nurses will help the team develop and/or adapt existing modules of training. Desired outcomes are awareness raising, educating, reducing burden, capacity-building and confidence-building among the target populations. Qualitative and quantitative methods of research are being used to conduct these studies.

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Activities of Daily Living Scale

An instrument to measure the personal and instrumental activities of daily living of persons with dementia which is culturally relevant is being developed. The instrument will be validated on a population of Indian persons with dementia and used to measure degree of impairment and needs for intervention among these individuals.

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Standardization of a Caregiver Stress Scale

A tool to measure to measure the extent of burden among those caring for a person with dementia in Chennai is currently being developed. The validity and reliability of the tool will be established and the tool will be standardized and normative data will be established on an Indian caregiver population.

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Cognitive Impairment in Diabetes Mellitus

Screening for cognitive impairment and early detection of dementia in persons with diabetes mellitus and other high risk groups can be valuable to understand the comorbidity and co-occurrence of the two illness.

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