Author Archives: ZEST Dementia & Aged Care

Age, marital status, BMI and sleep associated with risk for dementia

Could your age, marital status, BMI (body mass index) and amount of sleep impact your risk for dementia? Researchers at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) analyzed data from the Framingham Heart Study (FHS) to identify new combinations of risk factors that are linked to increased risk of dementia in later life. “This study is […]

Move it and use it: Exergaming may help those at risk of Alzheimer’s or related dementias

Older adults with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), often a precursor to Alzheimer’s, showed significant improvement with certain complex thinking and memory skills after exergaming, according to a new study. The results could encourage seniors, caregivers and health care providers to pursue or prescribe exergames (video games that also require physical exercise) in hopes of slowing […]

Using VR to Go Back in Time for Those Living with Alzheimer’s

An interview with Howard Green, co-founder of the Wayback Project, conducted by Kate Anderton, BSc How common is Alzheimer’s disease worldwide? What are the main problems faced by individuals living with Alzheimer’s Disease? Currently, there are an estimated 46 million people worldwide living with some form of dementia. This figure is set to rise to […]

Novel biomarkers for future dementia risk

Sudha Seshadri, M.D., founding director of the Glenn Biggs Institute for Alzheimer’s & Neurodegenerative Diseases at UT Health San Antonio, is co-leader and senior author on research announced March 6 that identifies novel biomarkers of risk for future dementia. Dementia is a rising tidal wave of devastation for families and society. Age is the biggest […]

Brain pacemaker study shows promise in slowing decline of Alzheimer’s

While most treatments for Alzheimer’s disease focus on improving memory, researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center conducted a study aimed at slowing the decline of problem-solving and decision-making skills in these patients. For the first time ever, thin electrical wires were surgically implanted into the frontal lobes of the brains of patients […]

In wine, there’s health: Low levels of alcohol good for the brain

While a couple of glasses of wine can help clear the mind after a busy day, new research shows that it may actually help clean the mind as well. The new study, which appears in the journal Scientific Reports, shows that low levels of alcohol consumption tamp down inflammation and helps the brain clear away toxins, […]

Alzheimer’s Family mourns the death of David Cassidy

David Cassidy, the teen heartthrob star of the hit “The Partridge Family” who went on to have a long show business career although he battled alcoholism later in life, is dead, his publicist said Tuesday. He was 67. Cassidy died surrounded by his family, his publicist said. Cassidy’s nephew tweeted that he didn’t think “I’m […]

PARO – The Therapeutic Robot Helping The Elderly

    Sitting in her favourite armchair in the sunshine at Aurrum Brunswick, an elderly lady gently stroked the fluffy white fur of the creature in her lap. She spoke softly to it and in return, the creature lifted its head and made friendly, almost lifelike sounds in return. She had made a new friend – in […]

Dementia patients using robots, virtual reality to engage

High-tech tools, like humanoid robots and virtual reality are transforming the lives of people living in Australian dementia care facilities. The technology — used to engage, entertain and encourage social interaction — is bringing the residents out of their shells. In the process, it is dispelling any notion that age and cognitive impairment are a […]

ZEST showcases PARO at the Diversional and Recreational Therapists Association Conference!

ZEST Dementia & Aged Care showcased PARO – The Therapeutic Companion Robot at the recent Diversional and Recreational Therapists Association Conference in Brisbane. PARO held centre stage while the delegates enjoyed providing loads of cuddles, love and attention. Dan from the The Diversional and Recreational Therapists Association also interviewed Christine Bourke from the Carinya Home for […]