Robots can Give Respite to Caregivers of People with Dementia

According to a news release March 19, 2019 by the University of California, San Diego, researchers have been able to identify characteristics and guidelines to be used in building robots for people living with dementia. The robots can also give some relief and respite to their caregivers. They presented the results of their research at…

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New Technology Suitable for Mass Screening for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)

An international study led by researchers in Israel at the Technion–Israel Institute of Technology has developed a technique that is suitable for mass screening to detect obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Dr. Joachim Behar, who heads the Artificial Intelligence in Medicine Laboratory (AIMLab) in the Technion led the study. According to Dr. Behar, this new technology…

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Vascular Dementia

According to the National Institute on Aging (NIA), vascular dementia also called vascular cognitive impairment (VCI) is the second most common dementia after Alzheimer’s disease (AD). While the symptoms may appear similar to Alzheimer’s disease, the cause is completely different. Alzheimer’s disease is caused by a buildup in the brain of beta amyloid and tau…

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When People with Dementia can no Longer Have Access to Guns or Drive

The United States is a gun slinging nation, including America’s seniors age 65 and older. In fact, seniors with dementia also have access to guns. According to a study published July 3, 2018, in Annals of Internal Medicine by researchers at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, it is estimated that: Guns are owned…

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Treating Gum Disease may Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease

A clean mouth and gums may prevent Alzheimer’s disease according to a study published January 23, 2019 in Science Advances. Researchers from the University of Bergen in Norway have discovered that gum disease (gingivitis) is strongly associated with the development of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The researchers found DNA-based proof that gum disease may determine whether…

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When is Memory Loss More than Mild Forgetfulness?

  June 2019 is Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and many people are wearing purple in solidarity with AD Awareness Month. It is estimated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that over five million people are affected by Alzheimer’s disease (AD) in the United States.…

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Research Proves Listening to Music is Relaxing and Good for Health

We all like listening to music. It relaxes us and makes us feel good. Researchers from Juntendo University in Japan set out to prove scientifically that music can relax us and what effects listening to music have on the human mind and body. The results of their study were published February 2, 2018 in Scientific…

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Benefits for Seniors who Participate in the Arts

According to ongoing research by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), when seniors participate in the arts they show improvements in health, well-being and are more able to function independently. The NIA and doctors have long advocated eating a good nutritious diet, getting enough physical exercise and getting a good night’s sleep for healthy aging.…

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The Stress of Sudden Financial Loss for Seniors

Sudden financial loss is very stressful, but for seniors over the age of 65 it can be deadly. A study published by researchers from Northwestern University School of Medicine, April 3, 2018 in the journal of the American Medical Association JAMA showed that suffering a major financial loss comes with a 50% chance of early…

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Dancing is Good for Seniors

Physical exercise is good for seniors and gives all kinds of health benefits and helps with healing many serious chronic diseases. Dance is a superior form of physical exercise because it also includes music and rhythm and research shows that music and dancing cover larger parts of the brain than just walking or running. Dancing…

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