Posts tagged ‘dementia’

February 11, 2016

Lifestyle, education and dementia

Some interesting news about lifestyle and education and their potential relationship to certain types of dementia.

The originating article is in the New England Journal of Medicine but you will need to be a subscriber to read it.

May 20, 2014

60 Minutes on Aging

Watch this 60 Minutes story about what researchers have been able to learn about aging by studying a community of retirees.  There are some great insights, in particular into what we know (and more importantly don’t know) about dementia.

It is the second story on the feed.

 

January 8, 2014

What May Surprise You About Dementia Rates

Dementia in its various forms is, quite properly, a syndrome that is receiving more and more attention, in the media, in medical writing and research and in the law. I was a bit surprised then to learn from an article in the New England Journal of Medicine that dementia rates, by percentage of population, have actually declined since 1982, according to a number of studies reviewed. Of course, in real numbers cases are on the rise given an aging and longer-living population. However, it is good to know that advances in prevention and treatment are being made, even if slowly. It was interesting to note some of the factors highlighted in preventing or forestalling dementia, being “improving educational opportunities in both early and later life, reducing vascular risk factors, and promoting greater physical activity”.

December 11, 2013

G8 Dementia Summit Gets Underway

The G8 Dementia Summit starts today in London, bringing together ministers, researchers, pharmaceutical companies and charities to discuss the many facets of an increasingly prevalent condition.  The World Health Organization estimates that worldwide, 35.6 million people have dementia and 7.7 million new cases are added every year. 65.7 million people will be living with dementia globally by 2030 and 115.4 million by 2050, with much of the increase occurring in developing countries.  1.4 million Canadians are expected to be affected by 2040.

The conference can be viewed live.

July 22, 2013

Alzheimer Societys Ipod Project Offers Music to Soothe Troubled Souls

http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2013/07/21/alzheimer_societys_ipod_project_offers_music_to_soothe_troubled_souls.html

October 22, 2012

End of Life – How do We Balance Roles?

An interesting look at the difficult balance between the roles of the family and of medical practitioners in end of life decisions.

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/article/1274426–a-wife-wants-her-husband-kept-alive-at-all-costs

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