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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Researchers Can See Thoughts and Memories with the Help of Light-Up Proteins

A newly created protein by Robert Campbell, chemistry professor at the University of Alberta, has the ability to light-up to reveal deeper layers of the brains cognitive processes. Composes of jellyfish and coral DNA, we now have the ability to visualize more than just the top layer of neural activity, which was what was previously capable through modern fluorescent techniques. Inner portions of the brain can now be studied in depth thanks to Campbell and his team of protein engineers through the use of red fluorescents instead of green.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Alzheimer’s Disease Seemingly Being Rewound by New Experimental Brain Technology

As Alzheimer’s disease continues to be the global challenge of the century, Zahra Moussavi, A professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Manitoba, started a Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) treatment for Alzheimer’s in Canada. Inspired by her own late mother’s, she created this treatment to help prevent cognitive decline by training the neurons (nerve cells in the brain) to perform more efficiently.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

University of Waterloo Research Suggests the Number of Young Care Partners is Increasing

Lisa Loiselle, associate director of the Murray Alzheimer Research and Education Program at the University of Waterloo says that the number of young Canadians (15-29) acting in a care partner roe is just under two million. With the increase of young care partners, the need to support them also increases. Alzheimer’s specifically places unique challenges on teen care partners. The youth who are acting in this role are seen to have high levels of anxiety, stress, and guilt. It was reported that about 40 percent of these young care partners are tending to parents or grandparents.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Dementia-Centric Customer Service Training Program to be Implemented

A two-year pilot program designed to help businesses learn how to treat persons with dementia, led by the Brenda Strafford Foundation with assistance from the provincial government, commenced earlier this year in Okotoks and the Westhills neighbourhood of Calgary. The basis of the training is to familiarize those working in customer service to the signs of confusion and disorientation among their customers. A skill that is transferable and applicable to many situations, not only when interacting with persons with dementia.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

New Program Designed to Help with the Recognition of Mental Health Problems among Seniors

On September 6, 2017, the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) commenced a new program named the Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) seniors. The program, designed to aid families, friends, partners in care, and seniors with the recognition of mental health problems, will allow for early detection and intervention of mental health degradation.

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