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Friday, December 8, 2017

Simple Music Listening Device Design for Persons Living With Dementia

On Wednesday, December 6th a music device designed specifically for persons living with dementia was examined by CBC News. University of Guelph’s computer science student, Frazer Seymour, developed The Adaptable Music Interface (AMI). AMI is a device that makes playing songs, skipping songs, and adjusting music on a tablet easier. The prototype uses multiple adjustable buttons that change in size and colour to make controlling music straightforward and easier for persons living with dementia and other neurological conditions.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Identification of Dementia with Easy to Use Tool

The development of a new tool to be used by doctors has Canadian researchers estimating that the easy identification of adults who are likely to develop dementia will be soon common practice. Named QuoCo, (abbreviated from Cognitive Quotient) this tool will give doctors the ability to check memory and cognitive performance of persons believed to be at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, and plot their progression. This is done to see if the individuals tested are seeing changes comparable to the healthy changes experienced by the brain.

Friday, December 1, 2017

New Alzheimer’s Treatment Involving Oxygen Therapy

A study that was recently published in the Journal Neurobiology of Aging showed the results of a series of oxygen therapy tests conducted on genetically engineered mice. The study was conducted by a team of researchers at the University of Tel Aviv, and revealed that the mice, which were genetically altered to develop features of Alzheimer’s disease, expressed substantial reductions in their symptoms after receiving hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) daily for 2 weeks.

Friday, December 1, 2017

AGE-WELL Catalyst Award Received by Dr. Janet McElhaney

Dr. Janet McElhaney, vice president of research and scientific director at the Health Sciences North Research Institute in Sudbury, Ontario, known for her work investigating Indigenous families and dementia, has been awarded award from the AGE-WELL network. AGE-WELL is Canada's Technology and Aging Network, and their goal is to create real-world solutions that will have a significant impact on Canadian seniors and care partners.  The project that garnered this recognition was about appropriately supporting indigenous families with dementia by the way of digital story telling.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Expansion of Ontario’s Proven Dementia Program

On November 28th, it was announced by Dipika Damerla, Minister of Seniors Affairs, representing Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care at the Alzheimer Society in Toronto, that Ontario will be providing new patient navigators to assist every person that has been diagnosed with dementia. To achieve this, it is planned that there will be an expansion of the First Link Program to cover communities province-wide. This will make access to care, regardless of residency, more reliable and consistent for families living with dementia.

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