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New studies reinforce Education and Cognitive Reserve –instead of drugs targeting beta amyloid– as most promising avenue to prolong cognitive health and reduce dementia risk

dementia-progressionDementia Risk Declines, And Education May Be One Reason Why (NPR):

“Some encouraging news in the battle against Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia: The rate at which older Americans are getting these conditions is declining. That’s according to Read the rest of this entry »

Study: Computerized cognitive training may help patients with mild cognitive impairment (less so once diagnosed with dementia)

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Brain Gain: Computerized Training May Boost Cognition in MCI (Medscape):

“Computerized cognitive training (CCT) for patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) appears to have a beneficial effect on global cognition, memory, and attention and improves psychosocial functioning, including depressive symptoms, Read the rest of this entry »

Trend: Increased access to cognitive screenings in primary care settings serving older adults

healthcareITNovel Initiative Ups Cognitive Screening in Geriatric Patients (Medscape):

“A resident-run initiative in a geriatric clinic clearly shows that when screening for cognitive impairment becomes a priority, to screen all patients opens the door toward timely intervention and optimized outcomes in this high-risk population Read the rest of this entry »

The Canadian Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation (CC-ABHI) launches funding program to spark R&D and commercialization initiatives

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Up to $500,000 Available Through Canadian Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation’s Spark Program to Fund New Innovations (Baycrest press release):

The Canadian Centre for Aging and Brain Health Innovation (CC-ABHI) announced today the launch of its Spark Program, an initiative designed to provide point-of-care workers in the healthcare delivery or service industry in North America with as much as Read the rest of this entry »

Review finds mixed results on the effectiveness and safety of brain and memory supplements

Omega 3 supplementsNatural Supplements and Vitamins for Treatment and Prevention of Dementia and Cognitive Decline (Psychiatric Times):

“Dementia, also referred to as major neurocognitive disorder (including Alzheimer disease [AD]), is a growing problem because of increased lifespan. There is no known cure. Several drugs are Read the rest of this entry »

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