The BRiTE (Brain Training and Exercise) program created by the University of Pittsburgh has designed programs to target populations with cognitive deficits as worthy candidates for health and body wellness improvement. An 800-square foot facility in Oakland was built to service the program. It has padded carpeting, stations and classrooms for use for programs including: […]
As we age we become more vulnerable. Our bodies move a little slower. Our minds may need a little more time to process information. And with that vulnerability comes a need for others to be mindful and protective of the dignity of the aging individual.
Stall Catchers is a new game available online to the public and it’s being used to research Alzheimer’s disease. The game was developed by UC Berkley and other institutions as part of the EyesOnALZ, a citizen science project developed by the Human Computation Institute. Based on research that has shown capillary stalls in the brain […]
Preventing the degeneration of the human mind with things like alzheimers and dementia are important for doctors as well as patients and their family members. While prevention is important, detection is equally as important, and serves as a jumping off point for implementing preventative measures if someone is at risk. Swedish and Finnish doctors have […]
I recently had the opportunity to speak to Dr. Zachary White and Donna Thomson about their new workshop for caregivers. Their new workshop is focused on helping caregivers make sense out of their new roles and navigate those changes.
One day there could be accessible accurate predictive testing for common deadly conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease known for the symptomatic significant cognitive decline experienced by suffers, is regarded as especially devastating by the general public. In that regard, researchers at a well-known medical school asked a basic question to a group of […]
Those suffering from memory problems may benefit from exercise. A recent journal article described the effect of exercise on individuals with impairments related to reduced circulatory function. While exercise has been credited previously with prevention of memory loss, more recent research examines whether it may help those who already suffer with memory deficits. The study […]
When I give presentations on Brain Health and Cognitive Stimulation Therapy I am often asked about genetic testing for Alzheimer’s. Individuals are wondering if they should get tested to see if they carry the genes that predispose them to this disease.
Cancer survivors have special health concerns after treatment. Researchers, for instance, are working to investigate any link between cancer treatment and the development of dementia. A leading cancer journal published results of a recent study which seems to suggest that a routinely used hormone therapy for prostate cancer patients may double the individual’s lifetime risk […]
How can we use technology to better communicate with those suffering dementia? No one understands the disease more than those caring for someone with dementia. These caregivers have tried lots of things on their own to improve communication. Let’s pull from that knowledge. Occupational therapist and UQ researcher Dr Jacki Liddle said the volunteers would […]