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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Early Diagnosis and Treatment Improvement Being Explored By Canadian Study

A recent article published in the Canadian journal of neurosciences outlines the details of a new initiative called The Ontario Neurodegenerative Disease Research Initiative (ONDRI). This project, created by neuroscientists in Ontario, was designed to enhance the treatment provided to persons living with neurodegenerative diseases. The initiative puts a focus on increasing the rates of early diagnosis, especially with persons living with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

2.5 Million Offer from Neil and Susan Manning to Fund Research Project

A research project, that will track persons living with dementia on Vancouver Island to try to uncover more information about cognitive diseases, has received a $2.5 million donation from an Oak Bay couple. With this gratuitous offer, Neil and Susan Manning have started a five-year Cognitive Health Initiative in order to find answers to the unsolved riddles behind cognitive diseases. This project will be a collaboration by the University of B.C.’s Island Medical Program, Island health, and the University of Victoria. A first time research partnership between these groups.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Unnoticed Memory Loss Could Predict an Increased Risk of Developing Alzheimer’s

The centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) has discovered a clinical way to detect the development of Alzheimer’s based on the persons own awareness of their memory loss. This new study showed that, while having memory problems is in fact an early symptom of Alzheimer’s disease, people who did not notice their memory loss had an increased chance to progress to Alzheimer’s disease. The findings were centered on people with anosognosia, not noticing your memory loss, and the percentage in which they began to live with Alzheimer’s disease.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Rebuttal by Jim Mann

I recently read an item in your Dementia Weekly News highlighting a Quebec study (the CIUSS de l'Estrie and Universite de Sherbrooke) concerning caregivers' belief that medical assistance in dying should be extended to people with dementia.

My question is where is the voice of people with dementia and why was it ignored?

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.

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