Sleep disruption is a normal process of aging; researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, set out to determine whether seniors need less sleep or need the same amount of sleep but are unable to generate it – and whether this sleep loss is related to dementia. In their review, they note the correlation between sleep degeneration and cognitive decline.
Sound information is analyzed by our brain through two pathways, one of which – the dorsal stream of the parietal lobe – is responsible for high-level memory processing. Previous correlational evidence suggests that brain activity and memory are linked; a recent study from the Montreal Neurological Institute at McGill University explored this link by measuring the causal effect of magnetic pulses on auditory memory.
The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto recently published a paper addressing care partner stress in parents of adult children with developmental disabilities. Participants were divided into two groups, and received either a support group or a mindfulness training intervention. Mindfulness, defined as “purposefully paying attention and being present in the moment,” has been shown to reduce stress and increase wellbeing in various populations.
The latest edition of Healthcare Papers included an issue on the need for a Community-Based Dementia Care Strategy. In the lead essay, the authors outline the most important elements of a dementia strategy, which include involving people with dementia in decisions about their care, supporting care partners, and allowing those with dementia to live at home for as long as it is beneficial.
A recent study out of the UK found unexpected results from their study on cognitive stimulation therapy (CST). CST is a “structured group activity program for people with dementia that has been shown to improve quality of life and cognition;” while its popularity is increasing, it is not available to all due to proximity and transportation issues.