Monthly Archives: March 2019

Recently Published Resources on Falls Prevention – In the Community and in Hospitals (BMJ / NHS Improvement / NIHR / JAMA Internal Medicine)

Summary There are uncertainties about the effectiveness of environmental interventions to reduce risk of falls among older persons living in the community. A BMJ systematic review covers the options, coming down in favour of occupational therapist-led environment risk assessments and … Continue reading

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NICE Update on Antipsychotics for People With Dementia (NICE)

Summary The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has again updated their summary of evidence on the use (or withdrawal) of antipsychotics for people living with dementia. This document is not a formal NICE guideline. Full Text Link … Continue reading

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Hippocampal Neurogenesis Life-Long (BBC News / Nature Medicine)

Summary Contrary to popular belief, the creation of new brain cells persists throughout life (in the hippocampus at least); although the rate of neurogenesis may decline with old age, and fall massively in Alzheimer’s Disease. Full Text Link Reference Gallagher, … Continue reading

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State of Ageing in 2019 Report (Centre for Ageing Better)

Summary The Centre for Ageing Better’s latest report investigates many aspects of ageing and increasing longevity. It uses wide-ranging statistics and other evidence to provide: “…a snapshot of what life is like for people aged 65 and older today. It … Continue reading

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Pharmacists’ Interventions to Promote Quality of Life and Healthy Ageing (PHE)

Summary Interventions which can be provided by pharmacy teams to help older people lead more independent lives and improve their health are listed, including those directed towards: Preventing falls. Dementia Physical inactivity. Social isolation. Malnutrition. Full Text Link Reference A … Continue reading

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Smell Test for Early Detection of Parkinson’s Disease (BBC News)

Summary Parkinson’s Disease has a distinctive odour for certain gifted individuals, which has been analysed chemically and may now be replicated for automated detection by machine. This may, in future, permit earlier diagnosis and open the possibilities for timely treatments … Continue reading

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Eye Tests for Early Detection of Alzheimer’s Disease? (NHS Digital / Ophthalmology Retina)

Summary Further discussion about the possibilities of using inexpensive eye tests to detect Alzheimer’s Disease, perhaps years before symptoms appear. This particular technique involves the examination of blood vessels and blood flow in the retina, as detected by Octa (Optical … Continue reading

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The Community Ageing Research 75+ [CARE 75+] Study (BMJ Open)

Summary The “Community Ageing Research 75+ Study (CARE75+)” is collecting a range of health, social and economic data regarding health and wellbeing of older people, frailty, independence and quality of life in older age. This research will combine epidemiological research … Continue reading

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Mushroom Consumption Associated With Small Decrease in Risk of Developing Mild Cognitive Impairment (BBC News / JAD)

Summary Eating mushrooms more than twice a week appears to be associated with a lower risk of mild cognitive impairment (MCI). “Our cross-sectional data support the potential role of mushrooms and their bioactive compounds in delaying neurodegeneration”. Full Text Link Reference … Continue reading

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A Model for Enhancing Independence and Self-Management for People Living With Dementia (JGCR)

Summary An article from Japan proposes a model for self-management support, entitled “Self-Management of Autonomous Interdependent Life Empowerment (SMILE)”. Five factors for helping to preserve social function include: A focus on individuals’ retained functions and strengths, rather than their deficits. … Continue reading

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