Aerobic exercise has long been recognized as having benefits for the respiratory system, and now is gaining recognition for its benefits on the brain. A meta-analysis study of the effect of exercise on cognitive performance of people living with Alzheimer’s disease and people at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease found that those who performed aerobic exercise greatly improved their cognitive performance. Currently, the World Health Organization recommends 150 minutes of moderate exercise, or 75 minutes of aerobic exercise each week. They also recommend strength training regularly.
The Canadian Government and the Newfoundland and Labrador Government are working together to plan the use of federal funding for health care priorities. The government will be investing $72 million over 5 years. Through a mutual agreement, the funding will support home and community care, as well as mental health priorities.
The Canadian Government announced on January 23, 2018 an investment of $2.5 million to go towards dementia research. The first $1 million will support the development of a Canadian branch of the International Alzheimer’s disease Neuroimaging Initiative - the Canadian ADNI BraIn bank Network (CABIN). This money will also provide the means to bank tissue and brain donations for programs in Canada. In addition, $1.5 million in research grants will be shared with McGill University from the European Union’s Joint Programme on Neurodegenerative Disease Research.
The Alzheimer’s Association released Dementia Care Practice Recommendations with a focus on person-centred care across all care settings. Developed by experts and informed by a comprehensive review, the recommendations seek to promote better quality of care for people living with dementia in long-term care, as well as within the community. Most notably, the recommendations offer non-physician care providers a way to determine if someone has dementia and how to manage the disease. This is an important step in providing well-rounded and holistic care. According to Dr.
A study found that mice fed a high salt diet would develop dementia even in the absence of high blood pressure. Changes in the mice cognitive abilities were indicated by a decrease in blood flow to areas of the brain involved in learning and memory. With return to a normal diet the mice experienced reversal in blood flow to the brain. Additionally scientists discovered the mice who were fed high salt diets produced low amount of nitric oxide (NO), which plays an important role in regulation of blood flow.