According to the Institute of Medicine at the National Academy of Science, there has been a significant mistake in the calculation of how much vitamin D one should have per day, also known as the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for vitamin D. This was brought to light when a Professor from the University of Alberta published a paper revealing the mistake.
Several years ago, a research project done at a memory clinic in Toronto revealed that bilingualism prevents dementia. At the time, this was a new and exciting theory, and in the years to follow multiple studies have had similar results. Until recently, it has been widely accepted that speaking another language can post-pone dementia onset by up to 5 years. However, the latest research done has been opposing this notion.
In Toronto, a group of researchers have been testing the use of a series of computerized systems that are designed to assist people with Alzheimer’s disease. These systems can be installed in various rooms to remind those with dementia of their daily activities. The reminders can span from how to turn on the tap for water to more complicated instructions such as how to make a tea. Technology such as this has the potential to reduce caregiver stress as well as reducing the financial burden of obtaining hired help like so many families need to do.
The provincial government in New Brunswick has made a commitment to improving services that are available to people with Alzheimer’s disease as well as their families. For this plan, 190 thousand dollars will be invested to ensure that there is adequate support in the province for people who are newly diagnosed with the disease until the late stages of dementia. Having additional programs to help the many people affected by Alzheimer’s disease, will allow more individuals to remain living in private homes longer.
Claude Gravelle, an MP of the NDP has introduced a bill for a dementia strategy that will apply across the nation. Gravelle is hoping to gain support from the Conservative party, in particular the federal Health Minister. If enough support is achieved that the bill is passed, this will be the first of it’s kind, as there is currently no national dementia strategy in Canada.