Could it be dementia, or are older relatives coping with Mild Cognitive Impairment due to stress or depression this Christmas?
Pushing for more dementia diagnoses in the absence of care and genuine treatment is not helpful this Christmas time, especially when symptoms could be Mild Cognitive Impairment with the stress of it all!
Memories strengthened, brain anatomy improved, and neuronal growth stimulated by ‘olfactory stimulation’ with scented oils diffused at night, shows study by scientists at University California, Irvine.
The Thursday Murder Club books by Richard Osman are wonderful, but sadly, in his fourth book Mr Osman has betrayed the character of Elizabeth, the lead person, and given a boost to the Dying with Dignity lobby. I won’t read them again and will not buy his new ones.
Researchers found that most middle aged people said they would not take part in a test of an Alzheimer’s drug, fearing the side effects. From those reported in recent years, it is understandable.
£126m has been promised by the government for dementia research, and a new task force to help speed the process. But is it throwing money down a black hole? The current research, focused on amyloid B, has produced no results for over 20 years.
New cases of dementia are falling, and if the decline continues by 2040 there will be 15 million fewer cases. This is happening without drugs, and is down to the power of friendship and life style changes
When a 90 year old pastor developed dementia his wife was stuck for something that the Day Centre could interest him in. Then his wife came up with an idea that built on the gift God had given him.
Where people are living in close knit communities there tend to be lower rates of dementia.
Aduhelm, the new drug to beat Alzheimers or the bomb that blows the Amyloid-B Hypothesis out of the water once and for all?
It failed its clinical trials but Aduhelm, the drug that dissolves plaques on the brain, has been approved by the FDA for the Accelerated Approval Lane amidst doubts about its efficacy or safety.
The common factor in countries that have good social care for older people is that their societies push for it, so accept paying higher taxes, whereas in the UK there is no such push, because of ageist attitudes.
We all have memories of Christmases past, that can be evoked by Christmas celebrations. There are also activities that families can do at Christmas that help boost faith and cognition, and that will bless everyone involved.
It looks like a long-limbed monkey doll, but a therapeutic device newly released by Cardiff Metropolitan University improves the wellbeing of people with advanced dementia
Hospital can be discombobulating for any patient, but those living with dementia find it even more disconcerting. Dr Jennifer Bute, a senior GP who has been living with dementia for 14 years, shares on this Zoom from professional and personal experience. And Louise Morse describes the one thing that physiotherapists say is usually missing, that is vital to their good care.
New research shows that a friend who listens and using technology to stay in touch increases brain volume, improves cognition by ‘4-years worth’, and staves off dementia.
The risk of getting dementia increases with age, but new data shows that 80 year-olds who exercise have less risk than younger, sedentary adults.