Monday, November 5, 2018

MAREP website moving to the Research Institute for Aging

This fall, MAREP moved its home base from the Faculty of Applied Sciences at the University of Waterloo to the Schlegel-UW Research Institute for Aging (RIA). As part of the transition, content on the MAREP website will be moving over to the RIA website at the end of this month.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Mediterranean diet may reduce impact of Alzheimer’s

A growing body of research indicates that the Mediterranean diet can slow the rate of cognitive decline and reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, among other physical health benefits.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Living with dementia and comorbid chronic conditions reduces quality of life

Most people with dementia are also living with one or more chronic physical conditions, such as hypertension, diabetes or depression. Investigators in the United Kingdom explored the effect of these comorbidities on quality of life.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Caring for patients with dementia in rural Canada

Many physicians in Canada have limited experience diagnosing and managing dementia. In a recent study, researchers examined the barriers and enablers that doctors in a rural family practice may face when providing care to patients with dementia.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Psychosocial interventions reduce anxiety and depression in people with dementia

People with dementia who experience depression or anxiety can benefit from music therapy, cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), and other programs that reduce their symptoms.

Monday, November 5, 2018

New computer algorithm reveals dementia subtypes

Researchers at University College London have created a new machine-learning algorithm to examine MRI scans from patients with dementia. When they applied the algorithm, it identified three separate subtypes of Alzheimer’s disease, as well as several different subtypes of frontotemporal dementia.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Dementia and cognition may be affected by the seasons

Our bodies and our moods are affected by the seasons. Cognitive function in older adults is also affected, according to a recent study of 3,353 seniors in Canada, France and the United States.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Brain antioxident levels indicate progression of Alzheimer’s disease

Glutathione is an antioxidant produced by the human body that protects the brain from stress, by preventing cell damage that can be caused by free radicals. Research has shown that glutathione is greatly depleted in patients with Alzheimer’s disease. In a recent study, an international team of scientists used a non-invasive imaging technique, known as Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (MRS), to detect two forms of glutathione (closed and extended) in the brain.

Monday, October 29, 2018

Statin use by stroke patients lowers risk of dementia

Having a stroke increases the risk of developing dementia. Previous studies indicate that the use of statins (medication prescribed to lower cholesterol in the blood) is linked to lower risk of dementia, but the effect had not been investigated in stroke patients.

Monday, October 29, 2018

How effective are interventions for informal dementia caregivers?

Caring for a relative or friend with dementia can be stressful and the burden often leads to depression, anxiety or diminished quality of life for the caregiver. Many psychosocial and behavioural interventions have been developed to support informal caregivers, including counselling, education programs and support groups. Researchers in the Netherlands recently conducted a meta-analysis of 60 studies to determine the overall effectiveness of such interventions and to explore which intervention components were associated with larger effects.

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