Wednesday, September 20, 2017

How Women Can Decrease Their Chances of Developing Age-Related Diseases and Alzheimers

Vivien brown, Toronto doctor for 35 years, has written a book that outlines what is important for women to do to keep healthy while aging. A Woman’s Guide to Healthy Aging: 7 Proven Ways to Keep You Vibrant, Happy and Strong, will be available on September 23rd and has been crafted using Brown’s expertise in medical science and lived experience as a women. At the start of Brown’s career they treated women like small men, giving them two-thirds a “man’s dose” as the only difference in treatment.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Possible Link Between Exercise and the Prevention of Alzheimer's Disease

Last month, Alden Gross and a team of researchers at Johns Hopkins University published a study that presumably shows no link between healthy exercise habits in midlife and cognitive proficiency in later life. However, the participants were all from groups that notably have known to have lower rates of dementia regardless. Healthy, education physicians (mostly men), who worked out on a weekly basis, and had low pressure. At the conclusion of the study, only 28 out of 646 adults had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

$3.4 Million Awarded to Canadian Dementia Research by the Alzheimer Society Research Program

On September 12th, 2017, Canadian researchers were pleased to receive $3.4 million from this years’ Alzheimer Society Research Program (ASRP) research competition. The money was given in hopes to help those who are living with, as well as those impacted by, Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. The awards and grants will allow the 24 applicants, that have been extensively peer-reviewed by respected researchers and persons with lived dementia experience, create a brighter future for Canadians living with dementia by discovering new prevention strategies and treatments.

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.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

University of Waterloo Researchers Develop Virtual Dementia Assistant

Researchers at the University of Waterloo, led by Dr. Jesse Hoey of the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science, are in the midst of developing a virtual assistant designed to help persons living with Alzheimer’s disease in their completion of everyday tasks. This new technology, which the scientists have dubbed “ACT@Home”, will act as an in-home tool that is able to detect the user’s emotional state and accordingly provide directions on how to manage their daily activities.

Monday, September 4, 2017

High Carbohydrate Intake Associated with Early Death

A large-scale study from McMaster University has shown that contrary to popular belief, high-carbohydrate diets are associated with early death while high-fat diets are not. In fact, “increased consumption of dietary fats is associated with a lower risk of death,” said senior author and nutritional epidemiologist Mahshid Dehghan. This is true for saturated, mono-unsaturated, and poly-unsaturated fats. The international recommendation for saturated fat intake is less than 10% of daily calories; this study suggests otherwise.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Caregiver Distress on the Rise

A report out of British Columbia released last Wednesday showed that caregiver distress has increased by 24% (from 7 to 31%) over the past two years.

Monday, September 4, 2017

CFL Players' Brains Show 'Disastrous' Damage

Dr. Luciano Minuzzi, a researcher at McMaster University in Hamilton, recently led a study looking at brain health in former CFL players; the purpose was to determine long-term impact on brain health of the repeated blows to the head seen in football and other contact sports. Participants – 22 retired players and 20 healthy controls – underwent extensive testing over a two-year period. Many brain scans were conducted, with the outcome being cortical thinning (which suggests extensive neuron loss) in 65% of the cerebral cortex.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Thoughts for the New Year

Quote from blog

Note from a MAREP co-op student:

I found this in my email today and it seems equally relevant in September, with school about to start. Phyllis is brilliant as always. Enjoy!

As I sit here and ponder the year ahead.

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