28th June 2017
Dementia is a condition that affects different people at different rates and, as such, it can be difficult to find things for patients to do that will keep them mentally stimulated.
Antipsychotic medications are obviously a last resort and set programmes such as music therapy can prove tricky to implement on an ongoing basis, but failing to provide activities at all can lead to boredom and...
23rd June 2017
Evidence that the immune system attacks the brain in Parkinson's disease has finally been discovered.
Scientists have believed for many years that a malfunctioning immune system contributes to the condition, but have been unable to find conclusive proof until now.
Researchers at Columbia University examined the immune cells from 67 people with Parkinson's and 36 people in perfect health.
22nd June 2017
Consuming extra virgin olive oil could help a person stave off dementia, a new study has found.
According to researchers at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University (LKSOM), the Mediterranean diet has long been associated with various health benefits.
This is widely believed to be partly down to the common use of extra virgin olive oil in this part of the world, with scientists...
20th June 2017
People who are caring for somebody with dementia must be mindful of how the person's home is decorated, an expert has stated.
According to Barbara Clarke, chief officer at Bolton Dementia Support, dark patches or patterns on rugs and floors can cause problems for people with the degenerative condition.
This, she said, is because dementia sufferers often try to avoid walking on the black parts, as...
20th June 2017
People living with dementia must be helped to maintain good oral health, a charity has insisted.
According to Dementia UK, keeping teeth and gums clean and free of debris helps dementia patients maintain their self-esteem and avoid pain and infection.
However, the charity has pointed out that people with the condition have a high rate of tooth decay and untreated lesions.
"This may be because...
9th June 2017
The answer to cutting fall rates among the elderly could be encouraging them to take up tango and ballroom dancing. Such pastimes help to improve balance through better ankle and core strength, with the slow and structured style of the dances being well suited to older participants.
Falls are the most prevalent cause of emergency hospital admissions for British pensioners and lead to nearly 5,...
31st May 2017
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis in the UK and is often found in the elderly. It is a painful condition, which has had little chance of being treated successfully in the past, but there is hope on the horizon. A new procedure has been developed using the patient’s own body fat to rectify the area that is affected.
The condition is a result of a roughening of the cartilage that...
31st May 2017
Elderly people suffering from depression are more likely to experience a fall, a new study has found. According to research carried out by the University of Michigan’s School of Nursing, low mood and increased anxiety can increase the risk of falling, which in turn can lead to other health issues.
Since depression affects 350 million individuals across the planet, it’s a widespread problem and...
25th May 2017
A line of homeware that has been specifically designed with dementia sufferers in mind has been launched. The range, which includes clocks, crockery and other gadgets, will be available on the high street and aid those who have difficulties with confusion and memory loss. Carers will be able to purchase the items from a chain of chemists soon.
Lloyds Pharmacy will stock all 14 elements of the...
22nd May 2017
Pensioners who spend just one hour a week volunteering in their local community could significantly reduce their risk of developing dementia. A study carried out by Calgary University found that those who volunteered regularly saw the chances drop to 2.44 times less likely.
Yannick Griep, a professor in psychology, led a team that tracked 1,001 people who all retired in 2010. They looked at the...