I work in Dementia care research and manage human rights charity Capacity Australia. I have long been aware of the major problem we have treating our elders with the care and respect they deserve, so clearly evidenced by the ongoing Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety. Despite this, I am still shocked by the way society’s foibles in regards to ageism have unfolded in the current COVID-19 pandemic.
Talking to friends and acquaintances and trying to allay anxieties...
Tiffany graduated with a PhD in cell biology from UNSW and then moved into dementia care research 8 years ago with the Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration (DCRC). Tiffany's main research focus is on improving care for people experiencing changed behaviours and psychological symptoms associated with dementia including reducing the inappropriate use of psychotropic medicines. This work at the DCRC introduced her to co-authour Professor Carmelle Peisah, President of Capacity Australia, a human rights charity providing education and advocacy for vulnerable groups. Tiffany currently has roles managing both the DCRC and Capacity Australia and continues to pursue her research interests.