Aging2.0’s 2016 Innovation & Technology Use Survey

Aging2.0 recently conducted its “Senior Care Innovation and Technology Use Survey” with the goal of understanding how senior care providers from across the care continuum are approaching innovation and implementing technology to support care. More than 100 organizations completed the survey, representing a near equal split between for profit and not-for-profit providers with balanced representation of organization size and services provided.

How can technology help society care for older people?

[This is a blog post by Maneesh Juneja (@ManeeshJuneja)who runs Health2.0 London.]

Obesity in middle age raises dementia risk (link)

People who are obese in middle age are at almost four times greater risk of developing dementias such as Alzheimer’s disease in later life than people of normal weight, according to a study released today. The study, published in the journal Neurology, examined data on more than 8,500 people over the age of 65. Of the sample, 350 had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or vascular dementia and a further 114 had possible dementia.Scientists used records of the participants’ height and weight in the decades before and found that those who had been overweight in middle age had a 1.8 times 80pc higher risk of being diagnosed with dementia in later life. But for obese people, classified as those having a body mass index BMI of 30 or above, the risk soared. People with midlife obesity had an almost four times 300pc higher risk of dementia.

Stanford Center on Longevity's aging reports

I've just been introduced to Prof Laura Carstenson and her team at the Stanford Center on Longevity, and am impressed by what I've seen so far. Their report last year New Realities for an Older America, sets out the issues in a balanced, data-rich way, and makes for striking reading.

Early Stages Of Alzheimer's Now Get Formal Definitions

The new definitions, which were just published online by the journal Alzheimer's  Dementia, acknowledge this dimly understood early phase of Alzheimer's. Now there are two new pre-dementia phases: mild cognitive impairment and "preclinical Alzheimer's."

Alzheimer's only major disease that's getting worse, not better

I'm doing some research into dementia, and it's fascinating how Alzheimer's is the sleeping giant - that is really waking up. From the National Center for Health Statistics, we see that Alzheimer's is the sixth-leading cause of death in the country and the only cause of death among the top 10 in the United States that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed. Based on mortality data from 2000-2008, death rates have declined for most major diseases – heart disease (-13 percent), breast cancer (-3 percent), prostate cancer (-8 percent), stroke (-20 percent) and HIV/AIDS (-29) − while deaths from Alzheimer's disease have risen 66 percent during the same period.