The MedicAlert Foundation, the company responsible for creating the specialized bracelets worn by persons living with varying conditions that could put them at risk or anything that would require them to have an emergency contact, is collaborating with Edmonton police to ensure the safety of these individuals. Mostly used for persons who may get lost or go missing rather than for allergies, this idea is directed at those living with, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, autism, or other conditions with similar cognitive effects such as a brain injury.
A college in Prince Edward Island has created a new training course for health-care workers designed to better prepare them for engaging with persons living with dementia. This course will be offered at Holland College and is called “Caring for Persons with Dementia”. It was developed in partnership between the faculty at Holland and the staff from Beach Grove Home and Prince Edward Home long-term care facilities.
New research from McMaster University is showing that green tea can actually fight Alzheimer’s disease. Green tea has always been considered good for your health, especially the brain. It is filled with antioxidants and certain green tea extracts have the ability to detoxify the body. Although scientists have never fully grasped the ‘how’ of the situation, they are looking for ways to use these ingredients to create better treatments for diseases that cause cognitive decline.
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.
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.