dementia

Depression in dementia more common in community care, study finds

A University of Manchester study of over 400 people in eight EU countries with severe dementia has found that those residing in long-term care homes are less likely to suffer from depressive symptoms than those living in the community. Researchers studied 414 people with severe dementia along with their carers…

Federal Government Rarely Penalizes Nursing Homes for Overusing Antipsychotic Drugs

Although the federal government began a campaign in 2012 to get nursing homes to reduce their use of antipsychotic drugs, it rarely penalizes institutions that continue to use the drugs at high rates, NPR reports. These drugs, designed to treat people with serious mental illnesses such as schizophrenia or bipolar…

Fish Oil Could Help Protect Alcohol Abusers from Dementia

A Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine study suggests that omega-3 fish oil might help protect against alcohol-related dementia. Previous studies have shown that long-term alcohol abuse increases the risk of dementia. The Loyola study found that in the brain cells of rats exposed to high levels of alcohol,…

Video game may help aging brain

Zoom! Move that car! Get those road signs! A specially designed video game, called NeuroRacer, isn’t just for fun, although scientists believe that’s one of its key ingredients. Researchers say this game may help enhance certain cognitive abilities in older adults, such as multitasking and attention span.  Results from a…