The Healthy Aging Brain Care Monitor has been used by caregivers to report the symptoms of persons with dementia, and new research has shown that it is also effective and accurate when used by persons with dementia themselves. Continuous self-reports of symptoms can be a very useful tool for ensuring the best possible care. Researchers believe that this monitor, which covers a wide range of impacts on the tasks of daily living can be reviewed by physicians for a reliable measure of cognitive abilities, emotions, and physical changes that occur during the progression of dementia.
A man residing in the United States with a unique family history has led researchers to investigate how gene mutations might prevent or even reverse Alzheimer’s disease. Having a very high number of family members pass away from a genetic form of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, it is believed that this man may have a separate genetic mutation that is saving him from having any dementia symptoms.
An MP in Ontario believes that Canada has gone without a national dementia strategy for far too long. A national dementia strategy would mean a commitment from the federal government to ensure that all provinces receive adequate funding for dementia research, education, and care. Sudbury’s MP, Claude Gravelle of the NDP, has teamed up with the Alzheimer’s Society of Canada to create a bill that addresses Alzheimer’s disease, which other Members of Parliament will be voting for or against in early 2015.
The Alzheimer’s Association in the USA is a very large and important organization in dementia advocacy. This week, the Alzheimer’s Association released an official statement to call for increased financial support from the White House. This statement mentions concerns that Alzheimer’s disease is unaffordable, and stresses the importance of the government’s accountability in support.
A study completed at Stanford University has led researchers to believe Alzheimer’s disease is related to immune health. They have discovered that immune-like cells in the brain, called microglia, can play a role in preventing Alzheimer’s disease. These cells have healing properties to manage inflammation in the brain, but they decrease with age allowing Alzheimer’s disease to progress and impact memory, emotions, and motor skills.