Mild electrical stimulation could boost cognitive ability

Pilots, athletes, dementia patients and more could benefit from this brain boost

Mild electrical stimulation could boost cognitive abilityImagine putting on a helmet embedded with tiny electrodes that sit on your scalp, delivering a gentle electrical current to certain areas of your brain. After about 10 to 20 minutes, you might find yourself with a better ability to focus, sharper memory and a host of other cognitive benefits. That’s the idea behind a…

New guidelines help people with dementia stay safe if lost

U of A researchers tap into experiences and ideas of people living with dementia to fill public information gap

New guidelines help people with dementia stay safe if lostResearchers have developed a new guideline to help people with dementia stay safe if they get lost, based partly on the experiences of those who are living with the condition. “By including people with dementia, it tells them they can be active agents in their own care and they can keep themselves safe,” said lead…

Why Canada needs a plan to address dementia and Alzheimer’s

There is no magic bullet, but a national action plan can improve care and quality of life

Why Canada needs a plan to address dementia and Alzheimer’sBy Howard Feldman University of British Columbia and Carole Estabrooks University of Alberta Canada needs a national action plan to address dementia and Alzheimer’s. One of the biggest threats to quality of life and health in aging is the loss of cognitive abilities and autonomy associated with dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. Today, 750,000 Canadians live with dementia and…

Some promising treatments for Alzheimer’s

As research continues, it is likely that more and more effective treatments will be developed

Some promising treatments for Alzheimer’sOne of the first questions to arise after a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease almost always deals with treatment. People want to know what treatments are available, how they work, what they will mean in terms of symptom improvement and the length of time left for the patient to live independently. Three medications available for Alzheimer’s…

Vascular dementia: spotting the signs, addressing the causes

Vascular dementia is caused by a series of small strokes that damage the brain

Vascular dementia: spotting the signs, addressing the causesDementia is one of the more frightening conditions to affect us as we get older. We expect our bodies to become weaker as we age, but we hope that our minds remain sharp and we are able to interact with the world around us. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia to affect…

Alzheimer’s leading cause of dementia in an aging population

While there is no way to stop the disease, it is possible to improve quality of life

Alzheimer’s leading cause of dementia in an aging populationAlzheimer’s is an ailment of the brain that touches almost everyone. Most of us know a friend or family member who suffers from this common and devastating disease. Once considered rare, Alzheimer’s is now known to be the leading cause of dementia in the aging population and is one of several disorders that cause loss…

Some memory loss as we get older is normal

But memory loss can also be a symptom of treatable disorders such as depression, anxiety or substance abuse

Some memory loss as we get older is normalA very common concern among my patients aged 45 and older is a fear that they are losing their memory and may be on their way to Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. Although these are possibilities, some memory loss is common as we age and not associated with a degenerative dementia. This kind of memory…

Sundial Growers partners with U of S for cannabis research

Project to study the effectiveness of using cannabis as a treatment for dementia

Sundial Growers partners with U of S for cannabis researchAlberta-based cannabis producer Sundial Growers is partnering with the University of Saskatchewan to research the efficacy of cannabis as a treatment for dementia. Clinical studies will be undertaken as part of the research. “With today's (Tuesday) announcement and similar collaborations with the University of Calgary and Sundial's Mitacs research initiative, we are demonstrating our commitment to becoming…

Who’s caring for the nursing home carers?

Nursing home care aides are burning out but measures can be taken to improve their work conditions. And that will result in better care for their patients

Who’s caring for the nursing home carers?By Carole A. Estabrooks and Stephanie A. Chamberlain University of Alberta Many of us have moms and dads or older friends and relatives in nursing home facilities. We care very much about their well-being and the supports they receive. But who’s caring for the care aides who do the bulk of the front-line work in…