ReMinding app: A novel non-pharmacological treatment of neuropsychiatric symptoms of people with younger-onset dementia

Presenters: Julieta Sabates, AUPOA

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About the presentation

Neuropsychiatric symptoms (NPS), such as anxiety, depression, apathy and disinhibition, are frequent among people with dementia, particularly those with young-onset dementia. They have been linked with worse disease outcomes and greater caregiver distress. Impairments in both cognitive processes (e.g., executive dysfunction), and meta-cognitive processes (e.g. beliefs and attitudes) are likely to play a role in the expression of NPS in people with YOD. Thus, as part of her PhD, Julieta has developed 'ReMinding', a mobile application-based intervention that concurrently targets both kinds of processes by combining elements of cognitive training and cognitive-behavioural therapy to assist in the treatment of NPS of people with YOD.

About the presenter

Julieta Sabates is PhD student and research assistant within the Cognitive Interventions, Technologies, and Evaluations (CITE) research group at the Academic Unit for Psychiatry of Old Age of The University of Melbourne. Her research focuses on cognitive interventions for neuropsychiatric symptoms of people living with younger-onset dementia (YOD). Before starting her PhD, Julieta completed training as a psychologist at The University of Buenos Aires and specialised in schizophrenia spectrum disorders.

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