Vitamin E Improves Function in Mild Alzheimer’s Disease

For patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer disease (AD), 2000 IU of vitamin E daily slows functional decline and reduces caregiver burden, according to results of a large randomized controlled trial. “Previous guidelines had recommended vitamin E for those with moderately severe dementia, but hesitation grew based on several unrelated studies,” Mary Sano, PhD, director, […]

Happy New Year !!

ZEST Dementia & Aged Care wishes all of our friends and followers a very happy and safe New Year. In 2014, we’re looking forward to bringing you Australia’s largest and most diverse variety of activities and resources for people living with dementia. Plus the latest in News and Research from around the world. Best Regards The ZEST […]

Christmas DVD: Music Through Life (Music Therapy for Seniors)

Music Through Life has released a fabulous DVD which brings therapeutic music to the person with memory loss. Each DVD session is led by an experienced music therapist to allow reminiscing, singing, and discussion on a particular theme of everyday life.  Two formats are included on each DVD: An interactive format for when a facilitator is available to lead, with the included […]

Exercise significantly reduces the risk of dementia: Cardiff University Research

A study which monitored the health habits of 2,235 men over a 35-year period has found that exercise significantly reduces the risk of dementia. Published today in the PLOS One journal by researchers from Cardiff University, the study is the longest of its kind to probe the influence of environmental factors in chronic disease. The study identifies […]

Eldersong releases “Christmas with Eldersong – Singalong CD and Lyrics Book”

Eldersong has released its Christmas activity kit called “Christmas with Eldersong – CD and Lyrics Book”. Gather your group and sing along with 26 songs of the season. These songs of Christmas are sung in low, singable keys by a bass and an alto, with simple piano accompaniment. The Christmas with ElderSong set includes a large print […]

Help with Choosing an Activity

PRINCIPLE GUIDELINES FOR CHOOSING AN INDIVIDUALISED ACTIVITY When determining whether an activity is suitable, you must establish the stage of Dementia the person is at and individualize the activity to satisfy the person’s interests, needs and ability. Although this can be a difficult task, there are some useful principles to follow. 1. Assess their skills […]

Good news on the Alzheimer’s epidemic: Risk for older adults on the decline

People are less likely to experience dementia and Alzheimer’s disease today than they were 20 years ago – and those who do may be developing it later in life – says a new perspective article in the New England Journal of Medicine that examines the positive trends in dementia. Authors examined five recent studies that suggest a […]

Bathing without a Battle: Person-directed Care of Individuals with Dementia

2008 AJN Book of the Year Winner! Like its popular predecessor, the new edition of “Bathing Without a Battle” presents an individualized, problem-solving approach to bathing and personal care of individuals with dementia. On the basis of extensive original research and clinical experience, the editors have developed strategies and techniques that work in both institution […]

Research May Improve Early Detection of Dementia

Using scores obtained from cognitive tests, Johns Hopkins researchers think they have developed a model that could help determine whether memory loss in older adults is benign or a stop on the way to Alzheimer’s disease. The risk of developing dementia increases markedly when a person is diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment, a noticeable and […]

Alzheimer’s Treatment Alzheimer’s Prevention: A Patient and Family Guide, 2012 Edition

Harvard-trained Neurologist Dr. Richard Isaacson answers the most common patient and caregiver questions on the treatment and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). He shares his cutting edge, comprehensive approach in the fight against AD, the greatest public health crisis facing our world today. This groundbreaking book has been written especially for patients, caregivers, family members, […]