Alzheimer's Australia Vic is working with Opaque Multimedia to develop a virtual reality game for Alzheimer's disease patients. The initial version involves a virtual forest, which allows dementia patients to have control over their environment as they move, creating a total sensory experience. A simulation allows caregivers to experience virtual dementia.
People who have early Alzheimer's disease could help newly diagnosed patients by acting as mentors, helping them take the first steps toward dealing with the disease, writes Gary LeBlanc, the primary caregiver for his father, who had Alzheimer's disease. LeBlanc, who believes physicians need better training, says patients can get a diagnosis of Alzheimer's and a prescription and then be left to deal on their own with how the disease affects their daily lives. "Support groups are where the true dementia experts will be found. They're the ones who are living it or already have experienced the journey first-hand," LeBlanc writes.
U.S. researchers said they are working on an inexpensive, quarter-size sensor designed to help caregivers track the condition of elderly patients at home. The body sensor, which can be linked to the caregiver's hand-held computer or smartphone, can be used to monitor the vital signs of patients as well as track the location of those with dementia or Alzheimer's disease.
Nurse practitioners will give checkups and treat minor ailments on a first-come, first-serve basis at a medical clinic opening next month in a Fort Wayne Scott's Foods grocery store. The chain says it's considering opening similar clinics in stores in the region.
Market research shows next year's insurance costs are expected to increase by 12%; though this is a smaller jump than this year's 16% increase, it still marks the fifth year in a row of double-digit cost increases. Most companies still cover the same premiums they have paid in years past, though they have passed many increases on to employees. Premiums have risen as much as 50% for some over the past three years.