Author Archives: VICKI HANCOCK

Social Robots – Professor Wendy Moyle, Griffith University

As our life expectancy continues to be extended the world faces a new and growing challenge—dementia. Professor Wendy Moyle’s research on the use of robots as a therapeutic tool could change the face of dementia care globally, while also allowing people to stay in their own homes longer. “Goodbye Millie.” With those two words, nursing care staff were left with […]

Detecting alzheimer’s disease before symptoms emerge

Long before symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease become apparent to patients and their families, biological changes are occurring within the brain. Amyloid plaques, which are clusters of protein fragments, along with tangles of protein known as tau, form in the brain and grow in number, eventually getting in the way of the brain’s ability to function. […]

Exercising can protect the brain from Alzheimer’s disease

The evidence is clear. Physical activity is associated with a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease, says a panel of researchers and not-for-profit leaders, led by UBC’s Okanagan campus. The researchers also confirmed that regular physical activity may improve the performance of daily activities for people afflicted with Alzheimer’s. Their conclusions may have significant implications for […]

Dementia-related brain changes observed before memory or thinking problems are noticeable

University of Toronto and Baycrest Rotman Research Institute (RRI) scientists have discovered a potential brain imaging predictor for dementia, which illustrates that changes to the brain’s structure may occur years prior to a diagnosis, even before individuals notice their own memory problems. The joint study, published in the Neurobiology of Aging on May 8, looked […]

Exercise study offers hope in fight against Alzheimer’s

Could the initiation of a simple walking exercise program help older adults to reverse declines in key brain regions? A new study led by University of Maryland School of Public Health researchers adds more information about how physical activity impacts brain physiology and offers hope that it may be possible to reestablish some protective neuronal […]

Stroke prevention may also reduce dementia

Ontario’s stroke prevention strategy appears to have had an unexpected, beneficial side effect: a reduction also in the incidence of dementia among older seniors. A new paper by researchers at Western University, Lawson Health Research Institute and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) shows there’s been a decade-long drop in new diagnoses of both […]

Free trial of PARO the therapeutic companion robot now available.

PARO is an advanced interactive robot which provides psychological and social effects to human beings through physical interaction. PARO is now available on a free and obligation free trial basis. Experience how PARO can assist in caring for people living with dementia and see why care facilities and carers across Australia are opting for this […]

Diabetes drug shows promise for safely treating, detecting Alzheimer’s disease

As the number of patients with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) rapidly increases, new treatments as well as blood tests that are simple and can be easily performed in a doctor’s office to diagnose are urgently needed. A new study has found treatment with the diabetes drug amylin (or pramlintide) safely improves learning and memory function in […]

New approach to treating Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is one of the most common form of dementia. In search for new drugs for AD, the research team, led by Professor Mi Hee Lim of Natural Science at UNIST has developed a metal-based substance that works like a pair of genetic scissors to cut out amyloid, the hallmark protein of AD. […]

Carinya Robot Seal Appeal

Carinya Home for the Aged in Atherton is using an innovative approach to purchase PARO, the Therapeutic Robot for their Centre. Chris Bourke (Activities Coordinator) and the dedicated staff from Carinya held a launch night recently to kick off the fund raising project. Carinya currently is using PARO on trial made available from ZEST Dementia […]