Tag Archives: dementia

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 »

How exercise improves brain health

Last week I mentioned some specific exercises targeted to PD symptoms (see HERE and HERE)… today I want to share WHY exercise is so important for brain health. New Research out of the Dana-Faber Cancer institute and Harvard Medical School (Spiegelman & Greenberg, Cell Metabolism 2013) shows that endurance exercise, such as distance running or cycling, releases a protein (FNDC5)… Read more »

Gerontologists and family on the East Coast

It’s been a whirlwind few weeks… I was at the WPC2013 in Montreal, the first week of October, and recently have been on the east coast for a couple conferences. The Canadian association on gerontology held their annual conference in Halifax… which, is close to family for me! I presented some PDF research on categorizing dementia caregiver stressors across neurodegenerative… Read more »

self-portraits with alzheimer’s disease

I went to an interesting talk last week, titled “a dialogue on aging, developmental disabilities and dementia” and learned a lot about how dementia impacts older persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities. – … Like how older persons (>40yrs) with down-syndrome are at a high risk (25%+) for developing Alzheimer’s disease. And the implications of that on health services, aging… Read more »

From research to real life: smell, sleep, constipation and Parkinson’s

… what do these 3 things have in common? Early detection of PD. New research shows that hyposmia (loosing sense of smell), rapid eye movement sleep behavior disorder (RBD), and constipation, may be early Parkinson’s disease manifestations that reflect the underlying alphasynuclein pathology (the degeneration that is happening in the brain!) as well as predict subsequent onset of motor manifestations (Ravina &… Read more »

Debunking brain training myths

This week kicked off brain awareness week… and the people over at sharpbrains.com debunked 10 myths around brain fitness… here are my 5 favourites! Myth 1. Genes deter­mine the fate of our brains. Fact: Life­long brain plas­tic­ity means that our lifestyles and behav­iors play a sig­nif­i­cant role in how our brains (and there­fore our minds) phys­i­cally evolve. (we have some… Read more »

recognizing dementia

classic clinical signs of parkinson’s disease (PD) include: 1) resting tremor 2) rigidity (or stiffness) 3) postural instability (balance troubles) and 4) bradykinesia (slowed movements, like rising from a chair) – However, nonmotor (i.e. pain, sleep difficulties) and psychological (i.e. apathy, depression, hallucinations) symptoms can also occur. – Dementia can also develop in PD. Epidemiology shows PD associated dementia (PDD)… Read more »