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Google creates new company seeking to defy age

In the September 2013 edition of Time Magazine, Google’s CEO Larry Page discussed his company’s newest venture, Calico. The new health care company, Calico, will leverage Google’s massive cloud and data centers to help facilitate research on disease and aging. As a company, Calico’s goals are to reverse the aging process and extend human life. While the specifics on how Calico will go about tackling these goals are not stated and perhaps are even unknown, Page is confident that one day people might expect an extra 100 years of life span. Clearly, Calico has ambitious goals; however it will probably take 10-20 years before we are able to see if they have been effective.

In addition to Calico, Google has also made substantial investments in the driverless car and Google’s wearable facial computer called, Google Glass. Both of these new technologies will most likely hit the market in the coming decade. These inventions could particularly have profound positive impacts on seniors. The driverless car could enable a senior who no longer is physically able to drive, the ability to type in their destination on a GPS device and a computer will safely drive the car for them… Incredible! Google Glass can benefit one with early cognitive impairment through its facial recognition feature. This feature could help an elderly person remain connected to their friends and family.

I am so impressed with Google’s efforts to effectively capitalize on the growing influx of seniors and how their technology could dramatically benefit quality of life. However, in terms of Calico, some questions to think about. What if Calico is successful and people can be given an added 100 years of extra life? Is that a good thing to individuals and to the world?

You can read more about Calico by purchasing the September issue of Time Magazine or from the NPR link I’ve provided below.

New Diagnostic Tool For Alzheimer’s

Many of us have been affected by Alzheimer’s disease in some way. For those that have unfortunately been impacted, we know all too well how difficult it can be for the one suffering as well as their loved ones. We are all hopeful that a medical breakthrough will come about. Until this needed discovery becomes available, we all must do our part to help raise funds, create innovative care and living options, provide education and offer emotional support.

Last weekend the Seacrest Village and Seacrest at Home family participated in the annual Alzheimer’s walk in Oceanside, Ca. We understand how detrimental Alzheimer’s is today as over 5 million people in America suffer from this disease. Unfortunately, the Alzheimer’s Association is expecting these numbers to explodeas our population begins to age. By 2050, they project that nearly 14 million people will be afflicted by the debilitating disease.

One of the biggest challenges with Alzheimer’s disease is that it is very difficult to diagnose early on. However, earlier this week, University of Florida researchers may have discovered a cheap and reliable way to determine if one has Alzheimer’s disease early on in the disease process. They found that patients with early-stage Alzheimer’s had more difficulty smelling peanut butter held at short distances compared to people without Alzheimer’s. More investigation is needed, but if these studies hold true, then we are one step closer to finding an effective intervention for this disease. Graduate student (working on the study )Jennifer Stamps states, “If we can catch it at that earlier stage, we can start treatment more aggressively at that earlier stage, and you can prevent a lot of the progression.” So don’t be surprised ifone day in the near future, a part of your yearly physical might include the peanut butter smell test.

If you are interested in learning more about the study please find more information below.

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