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Mediterranean diet linked to reduced brain shrinkage in old age

Neurology: Mediterranean-type diet and brain structural change from 73 to 76 years in a Scottish cohort

A new study led by researchers in Scotland has found that older people who ate a Mediterranean-type diet went on to experience less brain shrinkage than those who ate other types of food. The research is published online on Wednesday 4 January in the journal Neurology.

Living near a major road may increase dementia risk

The Lancet: Living near major roads and the incidence of dementia, Parkinson’s disease, and multiple sclerosis: a population-based cohort study

A study by researchers in Canada has found that those who live near a major road may also have a higher risk of dementia. The research is published on 4 January in the journal The Lancet.

Alzheimer’s Society puts Dementia on the NI School Curriculum

Alzheimer’s Society has worked with the CCEA to put dementia on the school syllabus in Northern Ireland, with the aim of creating the first ever dementia friendly generation.  Please follow link for further information on this. https://www.alzheimers.org.uk/news/article/134/alzheimer_s_society_puts_dementia_on_the_ni_school_curriculum


New choir in tune with people living with dementia

A new Canberra choir has been established to help reduce social isolation and provide an uplifting experience for people with dementia and their carers.  

"To see Ian singing these songs and looking so happy is just such a wonderful experience for us both because Alzheimer's is just taking away from him his whole language skills, his ability to communicate," she said.

"It's just been so marvellous to see the barriers being broken down within his mind.  

Eye and smell tests may reveal early dementia signs

Simple eye and smell tests could be used to spot dementia years before people experience memory symptoms, research suggests.

Researchers at Moorfields eye hospital and the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology found a link between poor cognitive ability – a “clear warning sign” of the early stages of Alzheimer’s – and the thickness of people’s retinal nerves.

In a trial of more than 33,000 participants who were tested on memory, reaction time and reasoning, eye scans showed the nerve fibre layer was significantly thinner among those who performed poorly on cognitive tests.