National Institute on Aging: Using data to improve nursing home clinical care

National Institute On Aging: Using data to improve nursing home clinical care. “Through its LTC Data Cooperative, NIA aims to improve the quality of care in skilled nursing facilities by building one of the largest data collections ever assembled from U.S. nursing homes and their residents. The primary goal — through observational studies or pragmatic randomized trials — is to test the impact of treatments and other interventions intended to better the lives of nursing home residents.”

CNET: VR Exercise Games Could Offer Hope for Delaying Dementia

CNET: VR Exercise Games Could Offer Hope for Delaying Dementia. “Virtual reality exergaming has exploded in popularity in recent years, with more people getting a workout by using PlayStation VR or Oculus headsets and playing games like Beat Saber and Supernatural. Less known is the impact VR exergaming may have on improving cognitive function in older adults. Growing research, however, suggests VR exergaming, or ‘gamercising,’ may help slow cognitive decline, which could have a major impact on the health and quality of life for seniors.”

KX News: ND Health Department debuts ‘Alzheimer’s and Dementia Data’ website dashboard

KX News: ND Health Department debuts ‘Alzheimer’s and Dementia Data’ website dashboard. “North Dakota has the fourth highest mortality rate for Alzheimer’s disease in the United States (U.S.) at 52.9 per 100,000 North Dakota residents. The rate for the U.S. is 37 per 100,000 residents. In 2016, according to the dashboard, there were 405 deaths in the state from Alzheimer’s and dementia. In 2020, that number jumped to 505.”

University of Washington: Model finds COVID-19 deaths among elderly may be due to genetic limit on cell division

University of Washington: Model finds COVID-19 deaths among elderly may be due to genetic limit on cell division. “Your immune system’s ability to combat COVID-19, like any infection, largely depends on its ability to replicate the immune cells effective at destroying the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes the disease. These cloned immune cells cannot be infinitely created, and a key hypothesis of a new University of Washington study is that the body’s ability to create these cloned cells falls off significantly in old age.”

Fast Company: Are some fonts ageist?

Fast Company: Are some fonts ageist? . “If you’re of a certain age, you might have noticed that you no longer read as quickly as you once did. This may be due to vision loss or cognitive changes. Or it might be due to something else: ageist fonts. A major new study has found that fonts matter in determining how quickly a person is able to read on screens. But they matter more if you’re over 35.”

Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association: New “Smart Homes Made Simple” Website is Live!

Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association: New “Smart Homes Made Simple” Website is Live!. “We hope this website will serve as a hub of information where members of the disability and aging communities, as well as service providers, housing professionals, and technology consultants, can learn how to integrate smart home technology into the homes of people with disabilities and older adults for greater independence, autonomy, safety, and accessibility.”

Harvard Gazette: Chess is more than a game for researcher focused on brain health

Harvard Gazette: Chess is more than a game for researcher focused on brain health. “As the U.S. population ages, concerns about dementia grow larger. David Canning, the Richard Saltonstall Professor of Population Sciences and of Economics and International Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, is studying aging among chess players, reasoning that the centuries-old game serves as a type of cognitive test. The research involves analysis of a massive database of games from the U.S. Chess Federation and a second pilot study that will follow 200 players over time.”

USC Viterbi: USC Viterbi Students Develop AI-based Alzheimer’s Diagnosis Tool

USC Viterbi: USC Viterbi Students Develop AI-based Alzheimer’s Diagnosis Tool. “About 6 million people in the US are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. Despite being the sixth-leading cause of death in the country, there is currently no known cure for the memory-robbing condition. But diagnosing the disease early can help people seek preventative care and slow its progress. That’s why a team of students at USC is developing machine learning tools to detect early-onset Alzheimer’s disease using speech patterns, and democratize the diagnosis process.”

FiveThirtyEight: Where Marjorie Taylor Greene’s False Claim About COVID-19 And Obesity Came From

FiveThirtyEight: Where Marjorie Taylor Greene’s False Claim About COVID-19 And Obesity Came From. “Since the earliest days of the pandemic, researchers have been studying which kinds of comorbidities can make someone more likely to have a severe case of COVID-19 that could lead to hospitalization or death. After a year and a half, it’s clear obesity or old age does make someone more susceptible. But so do lots of other conditions. ”

National Institutes of Health: NIH unveils new online tool to improve Alzheimer’s clinical trials recruitment

National Institutes of Health: NIH unveils new online tool to improve Alzheimer’s clinical trials recruitment. “Unveiled at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC), Outreach Pro enables those involved with leading clinical research to create and customize participant recruitment communications such as websites, handouts, videos, and social media posts.”

World Health Organization: WHO launches new platform for knowledge exchange on dementia

World Health Organization: WHO launches new platform for knowledge exchange on dementia. “The new tool, the Global Dementia Observatory Knowledge Exchange Platform, contains key resources to support the implementation of the Global action plan on the public heath response to dementia 2017-2025 and its seven action areas. It provides a space for stakeholders to share resources, such as policies, guidelines, case studies and examples of good practice, to facilitate mutual learning and promote the exchange of knowledge in the area of dementia.”

EurekAlert: National Eye Institute launches data portal for macular degeneration research

EurekAlert: National Eye Institute launches data portal for macular degeneration research. “The National Eye Institute (NEI) Data Commons now enables researchers to access data from patients with macular degeneration who participated in the Age-related Eye Disease Study 2 (AREDS2). The database complements newly available stem cell lines created by the New York Stem Cell Foundation Research Institute (NYSCF) from blood cells of AREDS2 study participants. Together, these resources will accelerate the discovery of therapies for age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and other blinding conditions.”