Read original – Dementia prevention, intervention, and care – The Lancet

Register and read the original full text on dementia prevention, intervention and care published  by The Lancet. It recommends that acting now on dementia prevention, intervention, and care will vastly improve living and dying for individuals with dementia and their families, and in doing so, will transform the future for society.

Source: Dementia prevention, intervention, and care – The Lancet

Whilst this is a research article, it is highly readable with good summaries and graphics. Try reading the original rather than a sanitized version of the findings in the mainstream media.

The commission of experts have detailed evidence-based approaches to dementia and its symptoms. They recommend that services should be available, scalable, and give value. However, they caution that professionals and services need to use what works, not use what is ineffective, and be aware of the difference.

Optimistically, the conclusion is that there is good potential for prevention and, once someone develops dementia, for care to be high-quality, accessible, and give value to an underserved, growing population. It’s argued that effective dementia prevention, intervention, and care could transform the future for society and vastly improve living and dying for individuals with dementia and their families. They maintain that by acting now on what we already know can make this difference happen.

The article provides ten core thematic messages on dementia:

  1. The number of people with dementia is increasing globally
  2. Be ambitious about prevention
  3. Treat cognitive symptoms
  4. Individualise dementia care
  5. Care for family carers
  6. Plan for the future
  7. Protect people with dementia
  8. Manage neuropsychiatric symptoms
  9. Consider end of life
  10. Technology

Thoughts?

Read original – Dog walking could be key to ensuring activity in later life | EurekAlert! Science News

Read the original in a highly cited new study has showing that regularly walking a dog boosts levels of physical activity in older people, especially during the winter. Researchers found that owning or walking a dog was one of the most effective ways to beat the usual decline in later-life activity, even combatting the effects of bad weather. Dog owners were sedentary for 30 minutes less per day, on average.

Source: Dog walking could be key to ensuring activity in later life | EurekAlert! Science News

Whilst the results are intuitive, the study adds value in supporting the need for adults, especially older people, to get more excercize. However, this is only part of the story. It needs to be combined with a healthy diet and weight control, especially avoidance of obesity. Another factor is moderate consumption of alcohol. Additionally, in North America, the primary cause of death for the under fifties is now drug abuse, particularly opioids. If addicts can’t look after themselves, surely they should be excluded from having pets?

Regretably, too many families don’t give their dogs enough excercize – they’re too lazy or selfish to be dog owners really – they just want to dog’s affection or to put photos on facebook. Also the dog walking seems to go to the same family member, if at all. Why not have quality family time with the whole family and the dog?

It’s a shame that the mainstream media that’s citing this new resaerch are not putting in in a proper context.

Thoughts?