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Older people are more than twice as likely to develop dementia and Alzheimer’s disease if they are severely Vitamin D deficient, according to the most robust study of its kind ever conducted.
An international team, led by Dr David Llewellyn at the University of Exeter Medical School, funded in part by the Alzheimer's Association and supported by NIHR CLAHRC South West Peninsula (also known as PenCLAHRC), studied elderly Americans who took part in the Cardiovascular Health Study. They discovered that adults who were moderately deficient in vitamin D had a 53 per cent increased risk of developing dementia of any kind,...Read more
A team of clinicians from Plymouth and Sydney, Australia, have today launched ACEmobile - a free-to-use app to support the assessment of dementia.
The development of ACEmobile has been a collaboration between Professor John Hodges (Neuroscience Research Australia), Dr Rupert Noad (Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust), Dr Craig Newman and Professor John Zajicek (Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry) and has been supported by funding from a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Programme Grants for Applied Research grant, Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust and the NIHR Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) South West Peninsula (also...Read more
Two systematic reviews undertaken by PenCLAHRC researchers have found that playing music at mealtimes in residential nursing homes is among a range of measures which could result in improved food intake among the elderly and better mealtime behaviour in those with dementia. A thorough analysis of research has identified that introducing changes such as music, wider menu choices or a more pleasant eating environment could also reduce the risk and incidences of malnutrition.
The first systematic review, published in Ageing Research Review, investigated 37 papers on issues relating to the elderly living in residential care. It categorised five types of mealtime...Read more