Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Dementia Care Through The Use of Virtual Reality Technology

Virtual reality technology has started making its way into the world of long-term care solutions in a very big way.  Whether it be to help patients with anxiety to be calmer, provide entertainment, or to educate the health care worker, this VR technology is already finding its place in various hospitals integrating itself into the care system. However, researchers believe that we have only scratched the surface of the implementation of virtual reality in dementia care.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Decrease in Sense of Smell Seemingly Indicative of Being at a Higher Risk for Dementia

According to new research, it is being seen that seniors are more likely to develop dementia, if they fail at a smelling aptitude test. Failure to properly name at least four out of five common odors, peppermint, fish, orange, rose and leather, was shown to have a correlation with rates of dementia development in these individuals. This long-term study, conducted by the University of Chicago, told 2,906 participants between the ages of 57 and 85, to determine and label a variety of everyday smells.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Study Ranks Cognitive Enhancers for Alzheimer‘s based on Safety and Effectiveness

Donepezil was discovered to be one of the most effective to help people living with Dementia improve their cognition, in a new study. This study ranked the effectiveness of the drugs as well as their safety as the two main criteria to earn their ranks. Four drugs in total were tested and given to participants to increase their rates of concentration, memory, alertness and moods.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Toxic Misfolded Proteins: Underlying Drivers of Multiple Neurodegenerative Diseases

Dr. Neil Cashman, Chief Scientific Officer at ProMIS Neurosciences, and a Professor and Canada Research Chair at the University of British Columbia, presented at the “third annual R&D Technologies Conference: Exploring Cutting-edge Technologies in Pre-clinical Neuroscience Studies” on September 28th. The conference was held in London, UK, and was centered on current market trends, technological advancements, and future challenges in the field of pre-clinical neuroscience research.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Care Partner’s Agree That Medical Assistance to Dying and Incapacitated Persons Should Be Extended

The results of the first portion of a study about attitudes toward medical assistance in dying and caregivers in Quebec were finally made public. The information was released as per invitation of Professor Gina Bravo by the Federation of Quebec Alzheimer societies (FQAS). Gina Bravo, a researcher at the research center on aging of the CIUSS de l’Estrie, and part of the department of medicine and life sciences at the Université de Sherbrooke, examined the thoughts of caregivers on the issue of extending medical assistance to the dying and/or incapacitated persons.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Researchers Learn about Dementia using Whack-A-Mole

In partnership with various universities and an Ottawa day program for adults, Dr. Frank Knoefel, a physician at the Bruyère Memory Clinic used a computer whack-a mole game to try to alleviate the stress caused by the memory testing process. With an interest in technology that can aid in the independence of seniors, Knoefel came up with the idea to use this competitive game, which he describes as “addictive”, as a medium to test the cognitive abilities of persons living with moderate dementia without the stress of being put on the spot.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Researchers Can See Thoughts and Memories with the Help of Light-Up Proteins

A newly created protein by Robert Campbell, chemistry professor at the University of Alberta, has the ability to light-up to reveal deeper layers of the brains cognitive processes. Composes of jellyfish and coral DNA, we now have the ability to visualize more than just the top layer of neural activity, which was what was previously capable through modern fluorescent techniques. Inner portions of the brain can now be studied in depth thanks to Campbell and his team of protein engineers through the use of red fluorescents instead of green.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Alzheimer’s Disease Seemingly Being Rewound by New Experimental Brain Technology

As Alzheimer’s disease continues to be the global challenge of the century, Zahra Moussavi, A professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Manitoba, started a Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) treatment for Alzheimer’s in Canada. Inspired by her own late mother’s, she created this treatment to help prevent cognitive decline by training the neurons (nerve cells in the brain) to perform more efficiently.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

University of Waterloo Research Suggests the Number of Young Care Partners is Increasing

Lisa Loiselle, associate director of the Murray Alzheimer Research and Education Program at the University of Waterloo says that the number of young Canadians (15-29) acting in a care partner roe is just under two million. With the increase of young care partners, the need to support them also increases. Alzheimer’s specifically places unique challenges on teen care partners. The youth who are acting in this role are seen to have high levels of anxiety, stress, and guilt. It was reported that about 40 percent of these young care partners are tending to parents or grandparents.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

How Women Can Decrease Their Chances of Developing Age-Related Diseases and Alzheimers

Vivien brown, Toronto doctor for 35 years, has written a book that outlines what is important for women to do to keep healthy while aging. A Woman’s Guide to Healthy Aging: 7 Proven Ways to Keep You Vibrant, Happy and Strong, will be available on September 23rd and has been crafted using Brown’s expertise in medical science and lived experience as a women. At the start of Brown’s career they treated women like small men, giving them two-thirds a “man’s dose” as the only difference in treatment.

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