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UCI Research into Aromas While Sleeping Showed Memory Improvement

aromas diffuser while sleeping research study shows memory improvement

UCI News reported in August 2023 that a University of California, Irvine, had announced that a research study into the impact of aromas while sleeping had sparked a 226% cognitive increase.

Research Excerpts Summary:

When a fragrance wafted through the bedrooms of older adults for two hours every night for six months, memories skyrocketed. Participants in this study by University of California, Irvine neuroscientists reaped a 226% increase in cognitive capacity compared to the control group. The researchers say the finding transforms the long-known tie between smell and memory into an easy, non-invasive technique for strengthening memory and potentially deterring dementia.1

The project was conducted through the UCI Center for the Neurobiology of Learning & Memory. It involved men and women aged 60 to 85 without memory impairment. All were given a diffuser and seven cartridges, each containing a single and different natural oil. People in the enriched group received full-strength cartridges. Control group participants were given the oils in tiny amounts. Participants put a different cartridge into their diffuser each evening prior to going to bed, and it activated for two hours as they slept.1

People in the enriched group showed a 226% increase in cognitive performance compared to the control group, as measured by a word list test commonly used to evaluate memory. Imaging revealed better integrity in the brain pathway called the left uncinate fasciculus. This pathway, which connects the medial temporal lobe to the decision-making prefrontal cortex, becomes less robust with age. Participants also reported sleeping more soundly.1


A Mind to Care’s Essential Oils and Diffusers available here.

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Simon Gidney Guest on The Sports Doctor

DECEMBER 20, 2023

BBS Radio TV, The Sports Doctor with Robert A. Weil, DPM

Simon Gidney, the founder of A Mind to Care was a Guest Speaker on Bob Weil’s  “The Sports Doctor” radio show, also repeated on UK Health Radio. 

Simon Gidney and Bob Weil discuss the challenges faced by caregivers and how the A Mind to Care game and activity system can help them with some of those challenges.

“Caregivers are the unsung heroes of today,” said Simon. “Anything we can do to help them, we should.”

“We are constantly expanding the products that provide activities for seniors with dementia and other cognitive issues. The core is the activity kit that includes a whiteboard that can be used for many activities, like playing tic-tac-toe and puzzles. The whiteboard can be wiped clean and re-used. The activity can be tailored to the specific cognitive status. I realized our activity system is very helpful for the caregiver. I was told by one moment, ‘Even if I can give my husband something to do for 20 minutes, it allows me to make a sandwich, load the laundry, or have a cup of coffee.’”

“A Mind to Care has changed my life. I have become aware of the challenges that carers face. And everyone who work in this industry are so nice.”

Simon also discussed the resource books A Mind to Care recently published.

LISTEN TO EPISODE HERE: . Simon Gidney’s interview begins at 21:24 – 44:00.

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Benefits of Activities for Seniors: Social Interactions

Activities for seniors that involve social interaction are important for seniors. Humans are social creatures, and social interactions are important for all humans for a number of very important, very basic reasons.

Humans are Social Creatures

Human society is based on our shared interactions: the coffee you drink in the morning, the clothes you wear, the car you drive, the book you are reading, the device you are reading it on – all were likely fashioned by a group of people, many of whom you may have never met, but with whom you have interacted – by the very process of buying, using and enjoying the fruits of their labor. No longer isolated hermits in caves, modern humans now depend on many interactions with other humans, directly or indirectly, to meet their daily wants and needs.

Benefits of Social Interaction

Studies, including National Institute of Health’s Tailored Activity Program study, have shown a positive correlation between social interaction and well-being. Further, research suggests that greater frequency and variety of social interaction, especially when coupled with physical or mental activities, have a very positive effect on both mental and physical well-being.

Impairments Make Social Interaction More Difficult

Social interaction can become more difficult for those with impaired mental or mobile abilities. When you are having difficulty hearing a conversation, it is harder to participate in that conversation. If you have trouble finding or forming the right words, it is harder to participate in a conversation. The importance of social interaction becomes magnified when it becomes more difficult or infrequent. Opportunities for social interaction are naturally reduced when social activity declines. As the quantity of overall social interaction declines, the quality of the social interaction that does occur becomes more important.

Those who suffer from cognitive or mobility issues sometimes begin to withdraw from social interactions in reaction to their reduced capabilities. But, attention by the caregiver to the quality and quantity of the social interactions of the senior can make a significant impact in counteracting this tendency.

The Importance of Activities for Seniors

These difficulties are more common as one ages. So finding activities for seniors to participate in, especially with social interaction, become more and more important for the senior’s well-being.

The A Mind to Care Game & Activity Therapy System is a unique, patented, no-batteries-required game and activity system, designed to allow seniors to continue to enjoy the games and activities they used to. Many of the system’s activities allow two or more to participate together.

Whether the activities are for those with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, stroke or any number of conditions resulting in physical or cognitive impairment, the Game & Activity Therapy System was designed to allow people with impaired ability to engage in activities and games more easily – enhancing the well-being of both the subject and the caregiver. It provides fun, engaging activities for seniors.

– Scott Silknitter