Monday, May 14, 2018

Head Injuries of All Severity Increase Risk of Dementia

Although concussions have been acknowledged in the media and research as having great risks and increase the potential to develop dementia, new research suggests that even small, seemingly insignificant hits to the head can increase one’s risk of dementia. In the United States 357, 558 veterans were tracked for approximately four years.

Monday, May 14, 2018

Cholesterol in the Brain Linked to Alzheimer's Disease

Research out of the University of Cambridge has found that cholesterol is linked to Alzheimer’s disease as a catalyst for the formation of beta-amyloid proteins. While investigating what makes amyloid proteins aggregate, researchers found that cholesterol in the cell membrane of neurons act as a trigger and speeds up the process by a factor of 20. Cholesterol itself does not cross the blood-brain barrier but is found in cell membranes naturally.

Monday, May 14, 2018

University of New Brunswick: New Computer Application to Determine Dementia Risk

Professor Sarah Pakzad, at the University of Moncton in New Brunswick, has developed a computer application that will help better predict the risk of dementia. By distinguishing the differences in one’s risk of developing dementia, those at higher risk will be able to take early preventative measures. As many memory problems can be symptoms of other disorders, such as anxiety or depression, it can be difficult to determine someone’s risk of developing dementia based on problems with memory alone.

Monday, May 14, 2018

B.C. Government Provides Funding for Alzheimer Society's First Link Program

The British Columbia provincial government announced an investment of $2.7 million to create services tailored to the needs of people living with dementia and their care partners. The Minister of Health, Adrian Dix, announced the funding at the Olympic Village’s annual Walk for Alzheimer’s event. Recognizing the Alzheimer Society as a crucial resource for individuals living with dementia, the funding announced will be used to support the First Link program. First Link is a program that connects people living with dementia to doctors, as well as social services, immediately upon diagnosis.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Hospitals are Failing our Population Living with Dementia

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.

Friday, April 27, 2018

The Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation Announces $7.6 Million to Support Dementia Innovations

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.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Walk for Alzheimer’s Welcomes Investors Group as Their First National Sponsor

The Alzheimer Society of Canada is pleased to announce that the annual Walk for Alzheimer’s has been newly branded as the Investors Group Walk for Alzheimer’s as they have become a national sponsor.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Sitting Too Much Increases Risk of Dementia

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.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Inappropriate Medication Linked to Dementia Diagnosis

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.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Other Areas of the Brain Used to Compensate for Lost Language Functioning in Rare Dementia

A rare form of dementia, primary progressive aphasia (PPA), was the focus of a study identifying active brain regions. This dementia is unusual in that language comprehension is affected rather than memory. People who have PPA in early stages tend to have no difficulty with working memory and can drive and complete tasks easily. However, their language processing has been affected which makes reading, writing, and speaking more difficult. Using magnetoencephalography (MEG) the researchers were able to track which section of the brain responded to language tasks and how fast they responded.

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