Researchers have developed a new blood test that can predict with 90% accuracy whether a healthy person will develop Alzheimer’s or cognitive decline within 3 years. They report how they identified and validated the 10 biomarkers that form the basis of the test in a study published in Nature Medicine. Study leader Howard J. Federoff, a professor of neurology at Georgetown University Medical Center in […]

21st of July 2014: New Blood Test Predicts Alzheimers Dementia

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A unique and emotional art exhibition detailing one man’s journey through Alzheimer’s. Dublin born artist Leo Casey was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease about seven years ago. The curator of Artzheimer’s and Founder of The Five Senses for Alzheimer’s, Eimear Farrell, became great friends with Leo Casey during her work with The Alzheimer Society of Ireland. Their friendship grew over their mutual love of art. This […]

27th of June 2014:ARTzheimer’s Exhibition opens on 4th July in Thomas Street, Dublin

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The Irish Independent reports that “ ELDERLY people in need of a nursing home bed are the latest victims of health service cuts, with growing numbers having to pay out up to €1,000 a week for their care. The HSE, which is facing a €500m overrun, is slowing down the release of funding due to people who have qualified for a nursing fee subsidy under […]

20th of June 2014: Cuts force elderly to pay €1k a week for nursing homes

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The Irish Times has reported that 80 per cent of Irish carers have experienced cuts to home care packages within the past three years, according a survey conducted by Care Alliance Ireland. At Be Independent Home Care, both from working on the ground in the community and talking to members of The Carers Association at our complimentary Wellness talks we are not surprised by these […]

12th of June 2014: Majority of carers have experienced cuts in supports

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The Irish Examiner reports that hundreds of elderly people in nursing homes have been losing medical cards because their payments towards their care are not considered in assessments of their income. Age Action said a review of the medical card system must take account of the impact on over-70s who have to earn a gross income less than €500 a week individually or €900 as […]

6th of June 2014: Elderly in care losing medical cards

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New research funded by CARDI finds that regular exercise reduces depression in older people, whether patients report pain or not. The all-Ireland study led by Dr Frank Doyle, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, examined the links between physical activity, pain and depressive symptoms across three datasets. The study found that pain is associated with increased depression and physical activity is associated with lower depression […]

27th of May 2014: Exercise reduces depression in older people

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