Category Archives: News and Research

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 […]

New Activity Headphones – A Game Changer

ACTIVITY HEADPHONES IN ACTION With the sounds of The Andrews Sisters, Dean Martin, Elvis and occasionally a bit of Taylor Swift coming through their Bluetooth headsets, patients are transported through music and movement. Agitation and frustration are common among those with dementia but after a session at the silent disco, patients feel far more settled […]

New robots to help dementia sufferers

Researchers have found the use of social robots can increase the quality of life for people living with dementia. Dementia is a debilitating condition that affects over 48 million people worldwide, with over 380,000 of them in Australia It is incurable, and sufferers experience a gradual decline in memory. But, Griffith University has found the […]

Thinking ‘out-of-the-box’ may build a better brain and prevent dementia

More than 5 million Americans today are affected by Alzheimer’s disease (AD). If nothing is done to stop this upward trajectory, there will be more than 16 million people with AD in the United States and more than 60 million people with AD worldwide by 2050. In the past 25 years, only five symptomatic medications […]