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Caregiver News Roundup Sunday January 17, 2010

Susan Baida - January 17, 2010 03:13 PM


Genetic Link Found for Parkinson’s Disease – A new study has found that a combination of genetic risks, dietary habits and other environment factors lead to the development of Parkinson’s disease.


Parkinson’s Disease Rehabilitation Center Launched – The American Parkinson’s Disease Association and Boston University have opened the first rehabilitation center aimed specifically for people with Parkinson’s disease.  The center will emphasize exercise, a healthy lifestyle and physical therapy as a way to combat and slow progression of the disease.


Blood Pressure Drug Reduces the Risk of Dementia – A new study has found that people who take drugs to reduce their blood pressure have a 50% lower risk of coming down with dementia.


Caregiver Stress Linked to Hire Risk of Stroke – A new study for the journal Stroke found that caregivers who found the role stressful were 23% more likely to have a stroke.


Ten Technologies for the Aging Highlighted at the Consumer Electronics Show – The Silver Summit of the Consumer Electronics Show, which showcases aging technology, was held on Saturday January 9.  The technologies introduced include home monitoring and fall detection devices, GPS patient location systems and hearing and eyesight assistance.


Old Age, New Gizmos – A host of new products to help the aging and caregivers are being developed.  These include home monitoring systems and web-based technology including eCare Diary..


Seniors Are Becoming More Comfortable Using the Internet – The number of seniors using the Internet and other technology is increasing rapidly.  In 2005, the number of seniors with broadband Internet was only 8 percent but the number increased to 30 percent by the end of 2009 and is expected to continue to rise.


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