The Behavioral Research Blog regularly highlights recent advances in Alzheimer’s research. Check out four recent blog posts and get the latest information and insight.
Can caffeine prevent Alzheimer’s?
What is the most popular drug in the world? It’s not alcohol, cannabis, or cocaine, but something most of us start with each day. Coffee; or, more specifically: caffeine. Like millions of other people, it helps me get started and prevents my morning headaches. Caffeine also has been shown to prevent age-related cognitive decline by reducing the risk of developing Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and dementia. It is not surprising, then, that much research has already been done on the effect of caffeine in the development of AD. Read more!
Making music and baking pancakes – invest in the mental health of our Older persons!
Both music and cooking interventions led to positive changes in the patients’ emotional state and decreased the severity of their behavioral disorders. The musical intervention wasn’t more effective than the cooking intervention. Narme and colleagues explain that their findings highlight the potential of these kind of interventions and indicate that they also influence the stress level of caregivers. It has been shown that burnout is frequent in long-term dementia care workers. Therefore, Narme and colleagues’ conclusion that non-pharmacological treatments appear to reduce reduce caregiver distress is very important. Read more!
Alzheimer mice show no interest in novel objects
Webster et al. (2013) showed that a mice model for Alzheimer’s failed to show interest in novel objects in the novel recognition test, and that this effect depended on the age of the mice. They used EthoVision XT to analyze the distance moved, velocity, time spent in different zones, and the time the nose of the mice was in proximity of the objects. Read more!
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Nurse-patient interaction. Presenting two coding schemes.
Kim and Woods (2012) developed two social interaction coding schemes to measure the dementia competent social interaction and culturally competent social interaction of direct-care staff in this Korean American nursing home. The latter is of course meant to measure the appropriateness of approaches of the direct-care staff. Read more!
Would you like to learn more? Healthline.com presented the best Alzheimer’s blogs of 2014, for example blog.alz.org and Early Onset were mentioned . “Read them regularly for the information and inspiration this difficult journey demands”