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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.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Decrease in Sense of Smell Seemingly Indicative of Being at a Higher Risk for Dementia

According to new research, it is being seen that seniors are more likely to develop dementia, if they fail at a smelling aptitude test. Failure to properly name at least four out of five common odors, peppermint, fish, orange, rose and leather, was shown to have a correlation with rates of dementia development in these individuals. This long-term study, conducted by the University of Chicago, told 2,906 participants between the ages of 57 and 85, to determine and label a variety of everyday smells.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Study Ranks Cognitive Enhancers for Alzheimer‘s based on Safety and Effectiveness

Donepezil was discovered to be one of the most effective to help people living with Dementia improve their cognition, in a new study. This study ranked the effectiveness of the drugs as well as their safety as the two main criteria to earn their ranks. Four drugs in total were tested and given to participants to increase their rates of concentration, memory, alertness and moods.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Toxic Misfolded Proteins: Underlying Drivers of Multiple Neurodegenerative Diseases

Dr. Neil Cashman, Chief Scientific Officer at ProMIS Neurosciences, and a Professor and Canada Research Chair at the University of British Columbia, presented at the “third annual R&D Technologies Conference: Exploring Cutting-edge Technologies in Pre-clinical Neuroscience Studies” on September 28th. The conference was held in London, UK, and was centered on current market trends, technological advancements, and future challenges in the field of pre-clinical neuroscience research.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Care Partner’s Agree That Medical Assistance to Dying and Incapacitated Persons Should Be Extended

The results of the first portion of a study about attitudes toward medical assistance in dying and caregivers in Quebec were finally made public. The information was released as per invitation of Professor Gina Bravo by the Federation of Quebec Alzheimer societies (FQAS). Gina Bravo, a researcher at the research center on aging of the CIUSS de l’Estrie, and part of the department of medicine and life sciences at the Université de Sherbrooke, examined the thoughts of caregivers on the issue of extending medical assistance to the dying and/or incapacitated persons.

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