Tag Archives: alzheimer’s disease

My latest article: A typology across dementia caregivers (Roland & Chappell, Ageing Soc 2014)

I recently published an article in the journal Ageing & Society addressing the different challenges faced by caregivers across different disease groups. We often send all caregivers who are caring for a loved one with dementia to the same resource (i.e. Alzheimer’s society), when in fact they may be facing very different challenges! After a thorough look at the scientific literature,… Read more »

bits and pics 9/12 Dementia conference in Spain!

Last week I was fortunate enough to travel to Valencia, Spain for a conference on Dementia – specifically, The 2nd International Conference on Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia. I presented my research and attended some great sessions on amyloid vs tau hypotheses, therapeutic strategies, the search for biomarkers and considerations for care and diagnosis. Luckily, after the sessions were done, I was… Read more »

CIHR cafe scientifique: Dealing with Dementia

I attended a wonderful webinar from Canadian Institutes of Health Research on dealing with dementia. It offered perspectives from two caregivers (one Alzheimer’s and one Parkinson’s + dementia), a nurse and a physician on “living” with dementia. Here are some of the highlights I took away… For caregivers and persons with dementia: dementia is complex! the diseases behind dementia express themselves… Read more »

A blood test for Alzheimer’s disease?

“In this study we sought to find a set of circulating molecules in the blood of individuals who were cognitively normal that would allow us to predict who in the next several years will develop cognitive impairement or Alzheimer’s disease, and that is exactly what we found“ Dr. Federoff at Georgetown University published research in the journal Nature Medicine that identified… Read more »

Alzheimer’s and Vitamin E

Can vitamin E slow Alzheimer’s disease (AD) progression? According to a new double-blind, placebo-controlled trial found that alpha tocopherol (2000IU/d vitamin E) reduced the rate of functional decline in 561 patients with mild to moderate AD. In the vitamin E group, the delay in clinical progression of AD was translated to 19% per year compared with placebo or a delay of approximately… Read more »

NEW research opportunity

Hi! Just wanted to point out that I have a new tab… RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES. – And, yes, that means I am off-and-running with my latest research study. SO, PLEASE check it out if you are interested in getting involved – Specifically, I’m looking for care partners of persons with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or Parkinson’s disease to fill out a questionnaire! *the… Read more »

Waiting too long for a dementia diagnosis?

The dementia themed posts this month are in honour of Alzheimer’s awareness month. If you’re interested, past posts include: defining dementia, dementia gene, G8 dementia summit, and Azheimer’s vs. Parkinson’s disease. About 747,000 Canadians have Alzheimer’s disease and dementia and this number is expected to climb to 1.4 million in less than 20 years. Recently, the Alzheimer’s Society Canada (ASC)… Read more »

Parkinson’s disease… more than a movement disorder.

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is more than a movement disorder. Dementia is one of the things people worry about. And a number of people with PD can develop cognitive changes. I want to stress these are DIFFERENT things. Dementia is a loss of intellectual function (memory, reason, problem solving, abstract reasoning) which is qualitatively different from a previous state of life…. Read more »

The G8 dementia summit: a recap

Did you know the G8 health ministers met in London December 11th for a one-day summit on dementia? Mimi Lowi-Young, CEO, Alzheimer Society of Canada, along with Federal Health Minister Rona Ambrose and other leading Canadian researchers attended. Their goal is to find an effective treatment for dementia by 2025 and improve the quality of life for people who are affected…. Read more »

A common dementia gene?

A variant gene thought to play a role in Alzheimer’s disease, the ε4 allele of the gene for apolipoprotein E, may be associated with other forms of dementia (Zabetian et al, Archives of Neurology, 2012). In this study, the researchers defined four types of dementia – Alzheimer’s without Lewy body neuropathologic changes, Lewy body disease with Alzheimer’s features, pure Lewy body disease… Read more »