Research out of the University College London (UCL) in the UK looked into how often hospital staff recognized dementia in patients. The study found that regardless of diagnosis status healthcare professionals are still failing to understand and recognize the disease.
Baycrest Health Sciences’ Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation (CABHI) announced on April 23rd $7.6 million in funding for new innovations and projects that support the quality of life of those living with dementia and care partners. Such projects include; alert systems for missing persons with dementia, smart home technologies, and alternative communication system development for non-verbal individuals.
Although research on sitting has already shown an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other diseases, new research out of UCLA has looked into the impact on sitting for long periods of time and the effects it has on brain health. Thirty-five participants aged 45 to 75 were interviewed on their average activity level and the number of hours they sit during a day. Participants then underwent an MRI to look at the medial temporal lobe, which is responsible for forming new memories.
In an international study out of the University of Sydney, researchers found that a diagnosis of dementia increased inappropriate medication use by 17 percent in one year. Such prescriptions may be appropriate for short-term use, but are often used for long periods of time for people living with dementia and can have lasting and unnecessary side effects. Such medications include sleeping pills or depression medication which may cause side effects such as confusion, drowsiness and can lead to dangerous outcomes. Dr.