Author Archives: Zest Dementia Care

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

In a recent study of adults with early memory loss, a West Virginia University research team lead by Dr. Kim Innes found that practice of a simple meditation or music listening program may have multiple benefits for older adults with preclinical memory loss. In this randomized controlled trial, 60 older adults with subjective cognitive decline […]

New research from Lund University in Sweden has shown that intestinal bacteria can accelerate the development of Alzheimer’s disease. According to the researchers behind the study, the results open up the door to new opportunities for preventing and treating the disease. Because our gut bacteria have a major impact on how we feel through the […]

The MIND Diet This is a combination of two diets that have well-known health benefits — Mediterranean and DASH. It’s designed to prevent or slow brain decline. Early studies show that it lowers risk of Alzheimer’s by 53% in those who follow it closely and by 35% in those who follow more loosely. (The name […]

Scientists at the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine (LCSB) of the University of Luxembourg have identified a gene that may provide a new starting point for developing treatments for Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The USP9 gene has an indirect influence on the so-called tau protein, which is believed to play a significant role in the onset […]

Treatment with an inhibitor of 12/15-lipoxygenase, an enzyme elevated in patients with Alzheimer’s disease (AD), reverses cognitive decline and neuropathology in an AD mouse model, reports a new study in Biological Psychiatry. The effects were observed after the AD-like phenotype was already established in the mice, which is promising for its potential therapeutic use, as […]

Oscar-nominated actress Carey Mulligan has witnessed the effects of dementia on a close family member. While there is no cure for the illness, here she explains how a better understanding will help remove the stigma that still surrounds it. The Christmas period is undoubtedly a time many of us look forward to spending with family […]