“Supportive and symptomatic management of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis“ has been published in Nature Reviews Neurology. This work was supported in part by JPND through the ALS-CarE project, selected under the 2012 healthcare call.
The current policy approach to tackling dementia is socially and economically unsustainable, according to a new OECD report.
Countries need to take action now to improve the lives of people living with dementia and their carers, prioritise public research on dementia, and improve the incentives for private investment in dementia innovation.
Addressing Dementia: The OECD Response says that the human and financial costs of this incurable disease are huge. Nearly 50 million people are living with dementia worldwide, costing societies over half a trillion US dollars each year, roughly equal to the GDP of Switzerland.
The stress of caring for a family member with dementia may take a toll on health over time, but a new study suggests that even one day off can shift caregivers’ stress levels back toward normal.
Based on measurements of the stress hormone cortisol, researchers found that caregivers had healthier stress responses on days when the dementia patient went to adult daycare. Even anticipation of the day off had an effect on cortisol levels.