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Spa Ball Multi and DVD

Use these dementia exercise activities to promote overall well-being and mobility at home or in your care facility. The variety of exercise balls, and accompanying DVD offer a choice of gentle resistance and sensory workouts suitable for all abilities. People with dementia can benefit from a regular program of seated exercise sessions which can have a significantly […]

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 […]

Magnesium Levels Vital to Brain Health as Population Ages

 The medical community agrees that cognitive impairment (CI), ranging from mild to severe, is almost epidemic in the U.S. as the Baby Boomer generation is aging and living longer. Scientists believe one reason is that the human brain begins shrinking after age 25. Structural changes and loss of brain synapses lead to rapid decline in […]