Category: Guest Blogs

Improving Mobility to Improve Cognition: SYNERGIC Trial

“We have learned that the brain processes involved in activities like walking, and the processes involved in how a person solves a problem share similar locations and networks in the brain. Because problems with mobility are connected to a reduction in cognitive function, they can be a good indicator of a person’s future progression into…

The Way Older Adults Move can be a Sign of Dementia

“Finding early dementia detection methods is vital. In the future, it is conceivable that we will be able to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias before people even have significant memory loss. My team and I believe that gait, as a complex brain-motor task, provides a golden window of opportunity to see brain function that…

New Knowledge on Leading Cause of Dementia for those Diagnosed Before 65

“Genetics is now widely applied to diagnosis, monitoring and the search for a potential treatment of neurodegenerative diseases. The ability to detect carriers of causal mutations could help evaluate the efficacy of therapies in clinical trials of individuals at either the pre-symptomatic or early disease stages. The detection of genetic modifiers of neurodegenerative diseases, including…

Mental Health: An Important Missing Link to understanding Frailty and Dementia

The following is a guest post by CCNA researcher, Dr. Sarah Pakzad, Ph.D., L.Psych. Because frailty carries an increased risk for poor health outcomes – including hospitalization, falls, disability, and even mortality – properly measuring and accurately describing frailty remain areas of priority in both research and clinical settings. Even though the Frailty Index (FI),…

Repeated Exposure to Music may Impact Alzheimer’s disease

The following is a guest post written by Drs. Corinne Fischer, Luis Fornazzari, Tom Schweizer, Michael Thaut, David Munoz, and Joseph Barfett Over half a million Canadians are living with Alzheimer’s disease (AD), and this number is expected to rise – exponentially – over the next 30 years. To date, drug trials have not been…

Study of Genetics in Lewy Body Dementia Sheds Light on Disease Mechanisms

This study is an important first step in understanding the genetic aspects of Dementia with Lewy Bodies and helps to clarify the contribution of genetics to the development of this disease and its relationship to other neurodegenerative diseases. Dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), the second most common form of dementia among elderly people after Alzheimer’s…

Guest Post: Marijuana for Alzheimer’s disease?

The following is a guest post by CCNA researchers Nathan Herrmann MD FRCPC, and Krista Lanctôt PhD (Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, and University of Toronto). Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias are known for their effects on memory and other cognitive functions. What is less well known, but of great importance to quality of life and care,…

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Exercise: Protective and Therapeutic Benefits Against Dementia

The following is a guest post by CCNA researcher, Dr. Laura Middleton. Over the past decade, failures in drug trials have led many researchers to seek out alternative therapies to slow, if not prevent, the onset of dementia. Their results are encouraging, showing that approximately 35% of dementia cases may be preventable through health and lifestyle…