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New research explores the use of technology in early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s

A recent study from researchers at England’s University of Cambridge has found that virtual reality (VR) can identify symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease more accurately than ‘gold standard’ cognitive testing. In 2014, researchers discovered what is known as our brain’s “internal satnav” (the entorhinal cortex), one of the first regions to be damaged …

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Spotlight: Tea and sweet treats help raise cash for people living with dementia

A tipple of tea and a sweet treat or two was on offer as part of a nationwide event to raise money to support people living with dementia. On Thursday, a High Tea took place at Alzheimers Taranaki day programme, which is held at New Plymouth’s Waimea Bowling Club. About 70 people …

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Still Me campaign to mark Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, this September

At just 57 years old, Amrita Francis’ world turned upside down, with an early-onset Alzheimer’s diagnosis that within five years would heavily affect her memory and ability to work. Now at 62 years old, ex-music teacher Amrita still remembers how to play classical piano, and she still enjoys her family. …

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It’s not just the elderly: Understanding younger onset dementia

For most of us, when we think about people living with dementia we think about the older members of our community. And while most people with dementia only begin to develop symptoms after they reach the age of 65, for some people the signs begin much earlier. Younger onset dementia …

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Spotlight – Pickles, preserves and jams making a difference to people with Dementia

Pickles, preserves and jams hand-made by Frances Bayley, a resident at Kiri Te Kanawa retirement village has helped raise $11,700 to be donated to Alzheimers Gisborne. All ingredients were donated and many hands contributed to their success. Sales of the preserves, combined with raffles and other fundraisers were matched dollar-for-dollar …

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Going out or Staying in – activity ideas when caring for someone living with dementia

Below are a few activity ideas to help keep someone living with dementia active and engaged with the world. These are just simple everyday activities, but sometimes seeing a list and planning in advance can turn the ordinary into something a bit special. These ideas could be spread out across …

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Spotting the Difference: Common Forms of Dementia

You may be familiar with Alzheimer’s – but did you know that there are over a hundred different types of dementia that people can have? Each one results in a variety of behaviours and symptoms, making dementia a bit tricky to describe or identify quickly. While ‘dementia’ as un umbrella …

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