Dementia, a public health priority

Dementia is a disease, usually chronic, which affects memory, thinking, orientation, comprehension, calculation, language and learning capacity. Although, in many cases it is related to age, dementia is not a normal consequence of aging.

Dementia is one of the main causes of disability and dependency among the elderly around the world. The consequences of the disease can be distressing not only for patients, but also for their caregivers and relatives who suffer its effects indirectly because, as the World Health Organization points out “the impact of dementia on carers, family and societies can be physical, psychological, social and economic”.

NEAT supports these growing challenges using the D-POS dementia system. This lightens care assistants’ workloads and allows patients to have freedom.

Key facts about dementia by WHO:

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Neat Group sponsors the XXI Conference about Alzheimer´s disease in Madrid

Mayores AlzheimerLike every year, Neat Group is proud of sponsoring the conference about Alzheimer´s disease at the Center for Humanization of Health in Madrid, which this year reaches its XXI edition.

The sessions are designed to train participants on how to care for people with this disease and to go in depth about Alzheimer´s disease and the issues surrounding it.

Between 500 and 600 participants who guided by psychiatry, psychology and nursing professionals, will participate in workshops on topics like innovation and robotherapy in cognitive stimulation for Alzheimer’s type dementia, ambiguous loss, counselling, family school, or nutrition and hydration.

It will also address issues such as ethical aspects in the care of the person with Alzheimer´s disease who will lead an intense interdisciplinary work session, with experts in counselling, bioethics, nursing, theology and psychogeriatry.

Neat  Group continues developing technologies such as the wandering control or nurse call systems that humanize and dignify the patients while facilitating their care by professionals and relatives.

In case you are in Madrid between April 11 and 12, you can participate in this free conference by registering through the website www.humanizar.es and by mail to secretaria@humanizar.es (Phone +34 918 060 696).

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Loneliness increases the chances of suffering from Alzheimer

Abuelo 1According to a recent study published by JAMA Psychiatry, older people living alone are more likely to suffer Alzheimer. This is because seniors with a high rate of cortical amyloid usually experience a greater sense of loneliness, which is usually associated with a symptom of Alzheimer’s disease in pre-clinical phase.

The study was conducted based on data from 79 people around 75 years, and with good cognitive status. They were asked to perform a test in which they evaluated their feeling of loneliness, how often they felt alone and if they thought that, they were separated from others. The study revealed that 28% of participants had high levels of APOE4 – a molecule indicating a genetic risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease – and 32% had a high cortical amyloid burden. With these data, the researchers observed that the elderly with high levels of amyloid are 7.5 times more likely to experience feelings of loneliness than those without amyloid. In addition, this ratio is higher as the amyloid and APOE4 load increases.

Dr. Nancy J. Donovan, lead author of the paper and psychiatrist at the Center for Alzheimer’s Research and Treatment at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, explained that these data could be explained in two ways. The first is that the changes caused by Alzheimer’s in the brain may be related to alterations in the way in which social interactions are perceived, which can induce the elderly to feel alone. The second explanation is that these people with incipient Alzheimer’s symptoms, social interactions can pose them a cognitive effort, which would lead them to reduce their social activity and thus to experience feelings of loneliness.

For this reason, it is essential that older and telecare users can move freely and go out, which will help them to keep their social interactions active. Neat Group has developed for them NEMO, a mobile telecare terminal that allows them to go out for a walk carrying with it a comfortable device that keeps them in touch in case of emergency.

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Neat participated in an important conference on Alzheimer

Alzheimer CRE.jpgNeat Group was present at the conference entitled “People-centered care in the field of dementias”, which was held last October 18 in the State Reference Center for care and intervention with people with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias and their families (CRE Alzheimer) located in the pretty city of Salamanca.

The conference was given by the expert gerontologist Teresa Martínez who focused on the model of care centered on the person and its application in dementias.

This model was explained as a “more rational and fairer approach where the dignity and the defense of the autonomy of the person are defended and where great importance is given to the knowledge of the habits of the person living in the nursing home, -which is called ‘life history´- involving the relatives very directly and obtaining very beneficial results for the elderly”, “José Luis Barroso, Key Account Manager from Neat Group, told us, after his active participation in the conference.

Neat Group has always opted for a care model in which patient is the protagonist, and for this reason we have developed solutions as our dementia system that facilitate the attention of the users improving their autonomy within the nursing home.

You can see the video of the conference below (spanish):