Call for an instant quote
0345 90 80 161
Open Mon to Fri 09:00 - 17:30 | Sat 09:00 - 16:00 (GMT)
28 November 2014 09:47
Certain genetic variants have been linked to Alzheimer's
Scientists have linked people's different genetic codes with a vulnerability to Alzheimer's disease.
Researchers looked at results from 30,000 people with a minimum age of 45, who took tests to record their ability to recall certain words and stories.
When their test results were compared with their genetic codes, it was revealed that those with lower scores had DNA variants near a gene which has been linked to Alzheimer's.
Scientists believe that these genetic variants could hold the key to understanding the mechanisms that underpin healthy ageing of the brain.
This, in turn, could lead to more preventative treatments that could protect us from Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia.
Tips for travelling with Alzheimer's
Alzheimer's shouldn't be an obstacle stopping you from having a good holiday - in fact foreign travel can be very beneficial. And Alzheimer's travel insurance can help to provide real peace of mind for when you go on your trip.
Here is a list of tips to make sure your holiday remains enjoyable and stress-free.
- Preparation is key. The earlier you start planning, the better. Make sure passports, insurance, accommodation and flights are all sorted well in advance. This will seriously reduce any added stress.
- Write things down. Making a list of all the belongings you're taking with you will really come in handy. The list should tell you what's in each piece of luggage and how many items of luggage you have. Everyone on the holiday should have a copy of the list and another can be left with someone at home.
- Keep medication on you. Make sure you keep medication in your hand luggage when travelling so you won't be parted from it at any stage. Phone ahead and inform the airline if it needs to be kept refrigerated.
- Take it easy. Someone with dementia might be feeling weary after a long journey. Upon arrival, enjoy a nice cup of tea. Take it slow, there's no need to get the unpacking done immediately.
- Be transparent. Be open with everyone about the fact one or more of your party has dementia. Plan ahead and let the airline and hotel know about your circumstances. They will be able to take steps to make your trip a more comfortable and pleasurable experience for all involved.
09 December 2016
A scuba diver swam some 16 kilometres to shore after becoming stranded from his boat off the coast of Western Australia in what one rescuer hailed an amazing tale of survival.
08 December 2016
Do you have any older relatives or neighbours who are likely to be alone over Christmas?
06 December 2016
Eating a handful of nuts every day can help reduce your chances of suffering heart disease and other serious illnesses, scientists have claimed.
03 December 2016
Thousands of Britons could be heading off on snow-sports holidays without appropriate travel insurance cover, it has been warned.
01 December 2016
Pilots at German airline Lufthansa are on strike again after a two-day break in their campaign of walkouts.
02 December 2016
Britons are among the top spenders in Europe when it comes to holidays, new research has found.
30 November 2016
The UK should think about resuming flights to the popular tourism resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, according to a major United Nations agency.
29 November 2016
Plans are in place to develop a new aviation arrangement between the UK and US, to ensure holidaymakers can still fly between the two countries once Britain departs the EU.
26 November 2016
Hundreds of Lufthansa flights have been grounded after pilots working for the airline took part in a strike.
25 November 2016
The US is warning its citizens that Europe is facing a "heightened risk of terror attacks" at Christmas markets and other seasonal holiday events.
24 November 2016
A groundbreaking radiotherapy machine that can track the changing position of tumours in real time will soon be used to treat cancer patients in the UK.
23 November 2016
Top airline bosses are urging the government to scrap air passenger duty ahead of Wednesday's Autumn Statement.