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Mar. 20, 2017 Drinking Tea Protects against Cognitive Decline

Drinking tea improves short-term attention and concentration; it is possible that tea could also benefit long-term cognitive health through its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. In a recent study from the University of Singapore, researchers collected baseline tea-drinking and lifestyle data from 957 participants aged 55 and above from 2003-2005 and followed up between 2006 and 2010.

Mar. 20, 2017 National Dementia Strategy Recommendations from Senator Ogilvie

After leading the Senate’s Standing Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology panel, Senator Kelvin Ogilvie recommended that a national dementia strategy be implemented by the Canadian government. He recently spoke at Acadia University in Nova Scotia, stating that “[dementia is] a condition someone can live with for quite some time, provided supports are in place [and] the community [allows] that to occur.” The 29 recommendations of the report focus on improving prevention, research, and ameliorating quality of life for Canadians living with dementia.

Mar. 20, 2017 Researchers Recommend a Sugar Tax to Prevent or Delay the Onset of Lifestyle Diseases

Sweetened beverages are a major source of sugar in Canadians’ diets; consumption in excess of these drinks is linked with higher prevalence of the so-called “lifestyle diseases,” including type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, heart disease, and cancer. Not included in this study, but of particular note, are Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, for which diabetes is a major risk factor. Researchers from the University of Waterloo examined the prevalence of sugary drink consumption and its impact on health and healthcare costs in Canada.

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Recruiting participants for new project

We’re researching how businesses can engage people with dementia meaningfully and respectfully in the design, testing, and commercialization of apps intended for their use. For this research, we’re looking for people living with dementia to use, test, and provide feedback on a digital memory aid currently being developed. Follow the link for more information.