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A New Blood Test May Soon Detect Alzheimer’s Disease

Monday, October 19th, 2020

Currently, Alzheimer’s diagnoses are made mostly with clinical assessments of the person’s cognitive, physical, mental, and functional health, often assisted by interviews with family members and caregivers. Sometimes the diagnoses may be uncertain due to confusions around distinguishing Alzheimer’s from other dementias and physical conditions that involve cognitive impairment. The more accurate diagnostic tests involving […]

Achieving Personalised Dementia Care for Rural Australians

Tuesday, October 6th, 2020

No two people experience dementia in the same way. The expression of dementia depends on the cause of the condition and the parts of the brain that are affected. Hence, it is important to take a personalised approach to dementia care that focuses on the unique needs of the individual. Rural dementia care below par […]

COVID-19 and the Impact on Individuals with Dementia

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020

The world has changed since coronavirus became known in late 2019. The way we work, shop, travel and gather has had a huge overhaul. People experiencing dementia have not escaped this change. COVID-19 has implications for people with dementia, both directly in terms of increased vulnerability, and indirectly through effects on social supports and the […]

Social Support as an Important Factor in Caregiver Resilience

Monday, May 25th, 2020

How well we “bounce back”, or adapt to adversity, is taken as a sign of resilience, and a significant protective factor for our mental health when encountering life challenges. Currently, 91% of people with dementia living in our community rely on an informal or unpaid carer to support them[1]. Caring for someone with dementia can […]

Hopes that Aspirin might Delay Dementia are Dashed

Tuesday, April 21st, 2020

Cardiovascular issues are a key risk factor for dementia. Because aspirin can be beneficial for those who have had heart attack, some studies have suggested that it may also be beneficial to the brain. Scientists have hypothesised that aspirin may reduce the risk of dementia by lowering inflammation, minimising blood clots forming, or by preventing […]

Using Technology to Bring Smiles to People with Dementia

Thursday, April 16th, 2020

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, tough calls are being made to protect our most vulnerable from COVID-19. For many people over the age of 70 years old, this means strong recommendations to self- isolate at home for as long as practicable. These measures are essential to prevent the spread of the virus and more deaths, […]

European Dementia Rates set to Double by 2050

Thursday, March 5th, 2020

The prevalence rate of dementia, or the proportion of people living with dementia, is decreasing.  Yet, the number of people with dementia is set to double by 2050, according to a new Alzheimer Europe report out last week[1]. A Needed Numbers Update Over the past three decades, several significant pieces of work have been undertaken […]

What Your Walk Says About You and Your Brain

Monday, February 17th, 2020

There are many different types of dementia, depending on the underlying cause. Each cause can damage the brain in different ways. New research out of the UK suggests that these differences may reveal themselves in the way that people walk[1]. Different Types of Dementia Alzheimer’s Disease is the most common form of dementia. Other forms […]

Dementia Vaccine on the Cusp of Human Trials

Monday, January 13th, 2020

A dementia vaccine developed by Flinders University Professor Nikolai Petrovsky has been successfully shown to “work” in mice genetically programmed to develop dementia. Harnessing the immune response Dementia is thought to be the result of the build-up of two different types of proteins in the brain that stop neurons communicating with each other. The proteins […]

Does Air Pollution Damage our Brains? #AustraliaBurns

Thursday, December 19th, 2019

Air quality readings across Australia are at concerning levels right now in the wake of the bushfires. Known as PM2.5, rates of particle matter smaller than 2.5 micrometres are easy to inhale and can cause health problems. A new study suggests that these tiny pollutants particles might even change the structure of our brain. Measuring […]

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