Researchers at King’s College London (and internationally) have developed techniques promising to accurately measure a person’s “biological age”. People of the same chronological age vary in their rates of “biological ageing” – sometimes by margins of up to 15 years, plus or minus – so an individual measure of biological age could be a more accurate prognostic measure.
The test under investigation involves examining the “ageing signature” in biomarkers of gene activity across 150 genes in the body’s cells. Such a test would potentially help predict when a person might die, and could help identify people at high-risk of dementia and other conditions; apparently largely independent of (or impervious to) various lifestyle interventions. Such a development would have serious implications for the future of medicine, pensions and insurance, particularly as it is not (yet) known to how to slow the biological ageing processes in question.
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September 2015: World Alzheimer’s Month activities in Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria
September 2015 will mark the fourth global World Alzheimer’s Month™, an international campaign to raise awareness and challenge stigma.
The theme for World Alzheimer’s Month 2015 is Remember Me. We’re encouraging people all around the world to learn to spot the signs of dementia, but also not to forget about loved ones who are living with dementia, or those who may have passed away.
The impact of September’s campaign is growing, but the stigmatisation and misinformation that surrounds dementia remains a global problem.
Every September Alzheimer associations across the world take part in an international campaign to raise awareness and challenge the stigma faced by older people living with dementia.
Nigeria has been participating in this campaign. For the last couple of Septembers you may have seen us marching through Ibadan and its suburbs to raise awareness about dementia…
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Alzheimer’s Dementia Namibia
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