The FINGER study which came out of Sweden was a landmark study looking at reducing dementia risk by lifestyle changes. The randomized study was done over a two-year period with about 1200 individuals participating in the study. The FINGER study found that making lifestyle changes, improving nutrition, increasing physical activity and mental activity can lower […]
Is there any relationship between life behavior and cognitive decline as people age? York U post-doctoral fellow Alina Cohen and her colleagues reviewed cross-sectional data of 45,522 participants, age 30 to 80+ from the 2012 annual component of the Canadian Community Health Survey. They found that higher levels of physical activity were related to higher […]
Researchers are following a group of individuals for whom time seems to have no impact on memory. A small percentage of people retain above average memory power, as measured on tests, even as they age toward the century mark. Why some people’s minds age better than most, is a question that holds important clues to […]
An unusual cross application of the technology that allows explosives experts to detect improvised explosive devises is aiding medical professionals in their work as well. A technique developed in Australia, originally used light intensity to check for and detect the presence of residues used in explosives. The same light concentrating technique is now being used […]
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 […]