Blog: The Brain Dialogues, filtered by tag: Associate Professor Lee-Fay Low

4 Aug 2014

Raising Researchers

KATE CROSBIE What makes a good researcher? Perseverance, creativity and problem solving all come to mind, but what about time and support? In 2008, CHeBA won an NHMRC Capacity Building Grant for the prevention and management of mental disorders in older Australians, funded to run from 2009 until 2015. One aim of this funding was to provide promising researchers with a sufficient period of training and apprenticeship to help them emerge as independent leaders in their respective fields. But is “capacity building” just another meaningless buzzword? With no definitive understanding of the… Read More
13 Jan 2014

How Best to Celebrate Christmas With a Person with Dementia

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR LEE-FAY LOW Christmas can be a stressful time for hosts and guests alike, and it’s more so for carers of people living with dementia. It’s difficult to give general advice about how to get through the holiday season with as little fuss as possible because everyone is unique, and the various types and stages of dementia affect behaviour in different ways. So I’m going to tell you a story of how one couple is getting through. Hopefully, their strategies will suggest things other families can do for a better Christmas. Tom and Nola are not real people. Their portraits… Read More
12 Aug 2013

Older Citizens Need Information To Be Good Aged-Care Customers

DR LEE-FAY LOW, SENIOR RESEARCH FELLOW AT THE DEMENTIA COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH CENTRE ASSESSMENT AND BETTER CARE This article was originally published as an opinion piece in The Conversation. Community-care packages have traditionally been case-managed packages of services for older people requiring residential care but wanting to stay in their home. Since July 1, all new community-care packages in Australia have become consumer directed, which means that, within an allocated budget, the older person will choose the services they want. The adage that the customer is always right presumes… Read More