Study Into the Possible Effect(s) of Retirement on Memory / Cognitive Impairment (NHS Choices / European Journal of Epidemiology)

Summary

An epidemiological study of civil servants who took part in the Whitehall II Study found that while all categories of cognition function tend to decline over time, verbal memory, in particular, appears to decline at a rate 38% faster following retirement.

“ …these findings are consistent with the hypothesis that retirement accelerates the decline in verbal memory function. This study points to the benefits of cognitively stimulating activities associated with employment that could benefit older people’s memory”.

A recent NHS Choices Behind the Headlines critical appraisal picks apart this research and helps to disentangle some of the issues and underlying uncertainties.

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Retirement linked to a decline in memory. London: NHS Choices; Behind the Headlines, January 23rd 2018.

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Xue, B. Cadar, D. Fleischmann, M. [et al] (2017). Effect of retirement on cognitive function: the Whitehall II cohort study. European Journal of Epidemiology. December 26th 2017. Epub ahead of print].

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Deep Brain Stimulation for Improving Symptoms in Alzheimer’s Disease (BBC News)

Summary

A brief BBC News item explores the potential of deep brain stimulation (DBS) therapy for improving wellbeing and cognitive function in patients with Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia.

“Although we are not talking about treating the Alzheimer’s degeneration, we can look at changing the downstream consequences by turning parts of the brain back on”. Professor Andres Lozano.

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Brain ‘pacemaker’ for Alzheimer’s. London: BBC Health News, January 30th 2018.

While further robust research is clearly required, there exists a growing – if mixed – body of literature on the subject.

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Exploring the Value and Benefits of Music for People With Dementia (ILC-UK / Commission on Dementia and Music)

Summary

A report from the International Longevity Centre UK covers the potential roles of therapeutic music services, and digital music streaming technologies, for people living with dementia.

“If music publishers and streaming platforms could make music available for free or at a reduced price for people with dementia, this could help to considerably lessen the price and make music available for all”.

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What would life be – without a song or dance, what are we? [Press release]. [Online]: International Longevity Centre (ILC-UK), January 18th 2018.

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Bowell, S. [and] Bamford, SM. (2018). What would life be – without a song or dance, what are we?: A report from the Commission on Dementia and Music. London: International Longevity Centre (ILC-UK) and Commission on Dementia and Music, January 2018.

Music Distraction Therapy in the Recovery Room

Possibly of interest, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust uses a “low-tech” music delivery system – in the form of a Dementia-care resource trolley – for dementia patients recovering in hospital.

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Reference

Edis, H. (2017). Improving care for patients with dementia in the recovery room. British Journal of Nursing. November 9th 2017; 26(20): 1102-1108.

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No Room For Complacency Regarding Population Subclinical vCJD? (PLoS Pathogens)

Summary

After a near-miss mini-epidemic of Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD) in the 1990s, experts caution that:

“It is essential that we do not become complacent and continue both surveillance and risk management strategies in both human and animal prion diseases”.

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Diack, AB. Will, RG. [and] Manson, JC. (2017). Public health risks from subclinical variant CJD. PLoS Pathogens. November 30th 2017; 13(11): e1006642.

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Persons With Hidden Disabilities Soon More Likely to Receive Blue Badge Parking Permits? (BBC News)

Summary

So-called “hidden disabilities”, such as mental health, dementia and autism may soon be given higher weight for consideration by officials when awarding blue badge parking permits in England.

“By looking at non-visible illness, we can actually change the perceptions of mental illness… [and] fulfil a parity of esteem between physical and mental illness”. Marjorie Wallace, Sane.

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Blue badge scheme could be extended to cover autism and dementia. London: BBC UK News, January 21st 2018.

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