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Aging-Associated Diseases

Dementia patients suffering through lack of specialised care

Dementia patients and their carers need their own specialised community support instead of having to rely on services designed to help the elderly, a social welfare organisation says.

Tuesday, 18 September, 2012, 9:29am

Early intervention is crucial in treating Alzheimer's disease

Image: Corbis

Nancy Kwok had always prided herself on her razor-sharp memory, so when little things began to slip her mind - like what she'd eaten the day before - the 70-year-old thought it was just due to old age.

18 Sep 2012 - 12:13pm

Dutch care home gives dementia sufferers illusion of normal life

Left: dementia sufferer Jo Verhoeff is encouraged to perform everyday duties in the care home.Photo: NYT

Jo Verhoeff twinkles; there's no other word for it. Welcome, she says. It's nice here, you'll like it. The people are friendly and there's so much to do: shopping, cooking, bingo and the classical music club. It's a nice place to visit.

10 Sep 2012 - 9:31am

Health bites

Diabetes on the increase in China

10 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Two studies on drinking coffee indicate actual health benefits

Good news, coffee addicts: two recent published studies give you more excuses to have a java jolt more than once a day. Coffee consumption has been found to not only lower one's risk of developing the most common form of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma, but also reduce one's risk of heart failure.

3 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Health bites

Pole yourself together

22 May 2012 - 12:00am

Stress 'puts office staff in danger of early dementia'

Almost 40 per cent of office staff are enduring 'unbearable pressure' at work and could be risking an early onset of dementia and Parkinson's disease, it was claimed yesterday.

15 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Dementia sufferers must not be left behind

China's advances in public health have resulted in a significant increase in life expectancy, which has gone from under 60 years in the 1950s to 73 today. However, this improvement has also resulted in increasing numbers of senior citizens - and a corresponding rise in some of the diseases prevalent in that age group, such as different kinds of dementia, notably Alzheimer's.

5 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Coping with the problems of ageing

Defining 'old'

The saying goes, you are only as old as you feel. So someone who is 70 might think they are quite young, but someone who is only 60 might feel as if they are old. But in most countries, people are deemed old when they reach retirement age. This is usually between the ages of 60 to 70.

29 Feb 2012 - 12:00am


Cardiovascular disease (CVD), the number one killer globally, is not about to take a break. An estimated 17.3 million people died from it in 2008; by 2030, the World Health Organisation predicts, the toll will rise to 23.6 million.

7 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Health bites

Silent but deadly

3 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Dementia strategy a matter of urgency

Dementia is moving up the list of modern killers because it is an incurable syndrome of ageing - most commonly in the form of Alzheimer's disease - and people are living longer. As a result dementia-related conditions have displaced diabetes among the five biggest non-communicable causes of death in Hong Kong.

15 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Three golden hours could save your life

Two years ago, Mr Mak had a stroke while dining at a Chinese restaurant. The 70-year-old's right arm and leg suddenly went numb, and he found it difficult to speak. His family rushed him to hospital.

8 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Education the key as dementia rate rises

With dementia cases set to double in the next two decades, governments must raise public awareness to improve both prevention and the quality of life of people it affects, an international concern group has urged.

7 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Calls for training in diagnosing dementia

Doctors need more training to improve their confidence in diagnosing and treating dementia, researchers say, after a survey found that less than one-third of medics were confident of diagnosing the disease, and 20 per cent preferred not to handle patients that have it.

22 Sep 2011 - 12:00am