Alzheimer's Award for psychosocial interventions

For four years, the Fondation Médéric Alzheimer and ADI ran the Alzheimer's Awards for evidence-based psychosocial interventions for people with dementia and their carers.

Psychosocial research involves or relates to both the social and psychological aspects of a patient's life. Often this includes the relationship between the personal, internal environment and the wider social world, such as the influence of social and environmental factors on an individual's state of mind or behaviour. This type of research is aimed at supporting and enhancing the quality of life of people with Alzheimer’s disease and their carers.

The primary Alzheimer’s Award was given for the best evidence-based psychosocial intervention and was intended to be used for dissemination of the research findings to a broad range of organisations and people involved in dementia treatment and care worldwide and in several languages. The amount of the award for the best psychosocial intervention was €18,000.

An Alzheimer’s Award was given for the most promising evidence-based psychosocial intervention and was intended to be used to further implement a project that has already shown some results but that needs more thorough evaluation. The amount of the award for the most promising psychosocial intervention was €7,000.

2011 award winners

The Fondation Médéric Alzheimer and ADI ran the Alzheimer's Award for evidence-based psychosocial interventions and most promising interventions for people with Alzheimer's Disease and their carers.

Prof Lynn Chenoweth from Australia was awarded the prize for best evidence-based psychosocial intervention for her project, 'PerCEN : Person-centred environment and care for residents with dementia: a cost effective way of improving quality of life and quality of care?'

The award for most promising award was presented to Dr Radha S Murthy from India for her intervention, 'The effe