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Study finds Alzheimer's patients do better with less 'visual clutter'

Posted by RHHAdmin on Oct 15, 2012 5:57:00 AM

A recent study conducted by researchers from the University of Toronto and the Georgia Institute of Technology found Alzheimer's patients may now be able to recognize a loved one's face or a once-familiar object because they have difficulty perceiving distinct features and cognitive issues.

The researchers came to this conclusion by studying patients with mild cognitive impairment and found reducing the "visual clutter" can make it easier for patients to distinguish various objects.

"Not only does memory seem to be very closely linked to perception, but it's also likely that one affects the other," said Morgan Barense of the University of Toronto's Department of Psychology. "Alzheimer's patients may have trouble recognizing a loved one's face not just because they can't remember it but also because they aren't able to correctly perceive its distinct combination of features to begin with."

According to the Alzheimer's Association, approximately 5 million people in the U.S. suffer from the cognitive-impairing disease. Many family caregivers and seniors resort to home health care to let their aging loved one with the disease remain at home while also ensuring they are in good hands.

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Topics: Dementia, Health News