Tag Archives: dementia

VR tech role in dining project for dementia

Dementia Australia’s Centre for Dementia Learning has launched a new workshop, ‘A day in the life: Mealtime experience’, that uses virtual reality technology to educate aged care professionals on how to provide a better dining experience for people living with dementia. “The tastes, aromas, environment and social connections we get …

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Dementia: government response ‘not enough’

While welcoming the federal government’s “first steps” to address dementia needs, peak body Dementia Australia has urgently called for more. Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe said the government’s response to priorities identified in the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety’s interim report will go some way towards meeting …

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No statins link with memory loss: study

Researchers have evaluated the cognitive effects of statins in elderly consumers over six years, revealing no negative impact and potential protective effects in those at risk of dementia. Findings from more than 1,000 older people assessed have revealed no links between statin medication and cognitive decline such as memory loss, …

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GPs better equipped to reduce dementia risks

New research has shown that around 15 per cent of dementia cases globally could be prevented by making straightforward GP-recommended changes, such as reducing blood pressure or increasing physical activity. The information, released by the Lancet Commission on Dementia Prevention, has prompted the issue of new guidelines for Australian GPs …

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Air pollution linked to dementia

In the first global study that was published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, Australian researchers have found a clear link between air pollution and increased risk of dementia later in life. The study by Dr Ruth Peters at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA), reportedly looked at people living in Canada, …

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Research shows some blood pressure patterns linked to dementia risk

High blood pressure (hypertension) from mid-life to later life, as well as high mid-life blood pressure followed by low blood pressure (hypotension) later in life has been associated with an increased risk of dementia in a study from the US. This observational study included nearly 4,800 participants who had blood …

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Dementia funds hailed but now for priority status: DA

The federal government will provide $21m to 13 research projects that focus on the risk and reduction, prevention and tracking of dementia. Reportedly, the total investment under the National Health and Medical Research Council’s Boosting Dementia Research Grant scheme is said to have reached its $200m allocation. According to Dementia …

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Dementia opportunity for Qld pharmacies

‘Dementia-friendly’ pharmacy training is coming to Queensland with the Pharmacy Guild’s Queensland Branch successfully acquiring funding to enable 30 pharmacies to become dementia friendly. The funding is part of the Queensland government’s ‘Advancing Queensland: An age-friendly community grants program’. The Guild’s Dementia Friendly Pharmacy Program will now recruit 30 pharmacies …

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Planning to take care

Advance Care Planning Australia (ACPA) has welcomed National Volunteer Week’s 2019 theme, ‘Making a world of difference’, taking the opportunity to acknowledge the nationwide impact of its “small but mighty” volunteer team of 12. As the national authority on advance care planning, ACPA has empowered thousands of Australians to plan …

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Food additive’s damaging effect

University of Sydney research shows that nanoparticles, present in many food items, may have a substantial and harmful influence on human health. With research revealing titanium dioxide nanoparticles (E171) can impact the gut microbiota, potentially leading to inflammatory bowel diseases or colorectal cancer, experts are calling for better regulation of …

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