The National Institute on Aging and the Alzheimer’s Association charged a workgroup with the task of developing criteria for the symptomatic pre-dementia phase of Alzheimer’s disease (AD), referred to in this article as mild cognitive impairment due to AD.  They developed two sets of criteria: (1) core clinical criteria to be used by healthcare providers without access to advanced imaging techniques or cerebrospinal fluid analysis and (2) research criteria that could be used in clinical research settings including clinical trials.

This article reports that a meta-analysis of 15 case-controlled studies estimated that individuals who had a severe head injury which resulted in a loss of consciousness were at approximately 50% increased risk of dementia compared to others.

Having good mental health throughout life does not ensure immunity from severe depression, Alzheimer's disease, anxiety disorders and other disorders in the senior years of life. In fact, some studies show elderly people are at greater risk of mental disorders and their complications than are younger people. However, many of these illnesses can be accurately diagnosed and treated.

This 3-minute video describes the progression of Alzheimer's disease- how it damages the brain and how it affects behaviour. It aims to help caregivers, families, friends and the general public better understand Alzheimer's disease to reduce the stigma and improve care. 

People living with dementia and their care partners, isolated from their communities, want change. David Webster shared how the Alzheimer Society is taking an active role in helping individuals and families impacted by dementia to live well, by empowering individuals, building communities and strengthening systems. It is time now for the complete community, individual and group stakeholders, to collaborate in making dementia friendly communities a reality – educate, engage, create a vision, set goals, and commit to action.  Presented at the Centre for Studies in Aging and Health's conference, "Aging: Are We Doing It Right?" on March 4, 2016 in Kingston, Ontario.

This article will review the literature on visual spatial cognition in neurodegenerative disease clinical syndromes, and where research is available, by neuropathologic diagnoses. Visual spatial cognition will be organized primarily according to the following schemes: bottom-up/top-down processing, dorsal / ventral stream processing, and egocentric / allocentric frames of reference

An article describing results from a large UK study on common behavioural symptoms experienced by those with Alzheimer's in different age groups. Findings suggest a need for greater awareness of the differnt symptom's of Alzeimer's disease. 

This is the first up-to-date systematic review to focus on agitation. It uniquely analyses whether the intervention was potentially preventive, by reducing mean levels of agitation symptoms including those not clinically significant at baseline or managed clinically significant agitation; whether effects were observed only while the intervention was in place or lasted longer; and the settings in which the intervention had been shown to be effective: the community or in care homes.

Thank you to those who were able to join us in an exploration of a variety of topics with a focus on aging at Donald Gordon Conference Centre in Kingston ON.  Below are pdf copies of speaker presentations and other related resources.