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Aging Bulletin - April 2011 Archives

Fitness and frailty in adults linked to health outcomes (4/30/2011)

The prevalence of frailty, which is linked to earlier death, increases throughout adulthood as people age and not just after age 65, found an article in CMAJ. Relatively good fitness levels at all ages were predictive of lower mortality and less reliance on health care services. ...> Full Article

Kidney disease coupled with heart disease common problem in elderly (4/29/2011)

Chronic kidney disease is common and linked with heart disease in the very elderly, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society Nephrology. ...> Full Article

What do you know about that fracture? (4/28/2011)

A fracture in a person over the age of 50 can be a sign of osteoporosis, yet some patient populations have little knowledge of the disease. ...> Full Article

Temporary memory loss strikes hospitalized seniors (4/27/2011)

Battling an illness, lack of sleep and strange surroundings can make any hospital patient feel out of sorts. For seniors, hospitalizations actually may cause temporary memory loss and difficulty in understanding discharge instructions, according to a new Northwestern Medicine study ...> Full Article

Older workers benefit from high-tech, high-touch health promotion (4/26/2011)

Older workers benefit most from a modest health behavior program when it combines a Web-based risk assessment with personal coaching, according to research conducted at the University of Illinois at Chicago. ...> Full Article

Researchers find botox eases painful spinal headaches (4/25/2011)

A Mayo Clinic case study finds Botox may offer new hope to patients suffering disabling low cerebrospinal fluid headaches. The successful treatment also offers new insight into Botox and headache treatment generally. The case study was presented March 13, 2011, at the American Academy of Neurology meeting in Hawaii. ...> Full Article

Increased life expectancy discourages religious participation (4/24/2011)

Churches will continue to attract older congregations as increasing life expectancy encourages people to put off involvement in religion, according to new research. ...> Full Article

Green tea and tai chi enhance bone health and reduce inflammation in postmenopausal women (4/23/2011)

There is a favorable effect of modest green tea consumption on bone remodeling in this pre-osteoporotic population. ...> Full Article

Moderate exercise improves brain blood flow in elderly women (4/22/2011)

It's never too late for women to reap the benefits of moderate aerobic exercise. In a three-month study of 16 women age 60 and older, brisk walking for 30-50 minutes three or four times per week improved blood flow through to the brain as much as 15 percent. ...> Full Article

Older age memory loss tied to stress hormone receptor in brain (4/21/2011)

Scientists have shed new light on how older people may lose their memory with a development that could aid research into treatments for age-related memory disorders.Many believe that stress is bad for our brains especially as we get older. Now researchers have shown how two receptors in older brains react to a stress hormone called cortisol, which has been linked to increasing forgetfulness as we age. ...> Full Article

Stroke survival among seniors better in sociable neighborhoods (4/21/2011)

Seniors living in closely-knit, supportive neighborhoods have significantly better stroke survival rates than others, regardless of other health or socioeconomic factors. For each single point increase in a neighborhood "cohesion" scoring system, survival increased 53 percent. Researchers found no differences in the incidence of strokes -- only in death rates -- and the benefits were not observed among African-Americans for reasons that remain unclear. ...> Full Article

Effective pain management crucial to older adults' well-being (4/20/2011)

Improved management of chronic pain can significantly reduce disability in older adults, according to the latest issue of the "What's Hot" newsletter from the Gerontological Society of America. ...> Full Article

Researchers link herpes to Alzheimer's disease (4/19/2011)

Research published in PLoS ONE, using a new technique to observe herpes simplex virus type 1 infections inside cells, finds that re-activation and growth of HSV1 infections contribute to cognitive decline associated with Alzheimer's disease. ...> Full Article

Men who lose their jobs at greater risk of dying prematurely (4/18/2011)

Research by McGill Sociology Professor Eran Shor, working in collaboration with researchers from Stony Brook University, has revealed that unemployment increases the risk of premature mortality by 63 percent. Shor reached these conclusions by surveying existing research covering 20 million people in 15 (mainly western) countries, over the last 40 years. ...> Full Article

Study sheds light on end of life management of implanted defibrillators (4/17/2011)

Each year, more than 100,000 patients in the US undergo implantation of a new ICD for heart rhythm abnormalities. Current medical guidelines advocate discussion of end of life care of these medical devices, including deactivation. Now, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine say that discussions should also address post-mortem donation of ICDs for product improvement or reuse overseas as pacemakers, to help reduce global health disparities. ...> Full Article

Grants to support elder abuse prevention efforts (4/16/2011)

UC Irvine's Center of Excellence on Elder Abuse & Neglect has received a pair of two-year grants that will allow the university to continue its innovative work in elder abuse prevention. ...> Full Article

Rocking the vote from rocking chairs (4/15/2011)

For seniors, voting can be difficult: standing with a walker or cane in the voting booth, struggling to read the tiny print on the ballot or trying to punch the tiny button to vote for the intended. A Penn Medicine study of a process called mobile found that nursing home residents, staff and election officials all agreed that mobile polling is better than current voting methods. ...> Full Article

Study links heart disease risk factors to some cognitive decline (4/15/2011)

Study links heart disease risk factors to some cognitive declineOlder adults at risk for stroke have significantly increased risk for some types of cognitive decline, according to a multicenter study led by University of California scientists. ...> Full Article

Elder law expert: Ryan plan would fundamentally change Medicare (4/14/2011)

Elder law expert: Ryan plan would fundamentally change MedicareLaw professor Richard L. Kaplan says House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan's proposal to change Medicare for those under age 55 is nothing short of a complete reconceptualization of the popular health insurance program. ...> Full Article

Want more zest for life? Consider gardening! (4/14/2011)

Want more zest for life? Consider gardening!New research makes a strong case for the benefits of gardening for older adults. The study of adults age 65 and older found that gardeners scored higher on a life satisfaction survey than respondents that did not participate in gardening. Older gardeners reported being more optimistic and having higher energy levels than their non-gardening counterparts, and rated their physical health as better -- all factors that add up to an increased quality of life. ...> Full Article

Japanese tsunami underscores need for elder disaster preparedness (4/13/2011)

The oldest segment of Japan's population will likely be the hardest hit as a result of the recent earthquake and subsequent tsunami, based on data from previous catastrophic events. Approximately 23 percent of Japanese citizens currently are age 65 and above. ...> Full Article

Gaps in health care limit options for older adults, expert says (4/12/2011)

Gaps in health care limit options for older adults, expert saysThere are 50 million family members providing care to older adults. When older persons are hospitalized and discharged, their families face numerous choices about providing care. A University of Missouri eldercare expert says the complexity of this process is intensifying with increasing health care demands and workforce shortages. The study presents a new approach to help families through complicated hospitalization and discharge processes. ...> Full Article

Elderly victims of abuse often use alcohol or drugs, study says (4/11/2011)

A UIC researcher reports in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society that victims of severe traumatic elder abuse are more likely to be female, suffer from a neurological or mental disorder, and to abuse drugs or alcohol. ...> Full Article

Europe-wide survey reveals priorities for end-of-life care (4/10/2011)

A survey of over 9,000 people in seven different countries across Europe has shown that the majority would want to improve the quality of life in the time they had left, rather than extend it. The survey reveals attitudes across Europe for dealing with serious illnesses such as cancer, and issues raised when caring for a close friend of relative in the last few months of life. ...> Full Article

Other mental health medications no safer than atypical antipsychotics in nursing home residents (4/9/2011)

Conventional antipsychotics, antidepressants and benzodiazepines often administered to nursing home residents are no safer than atypical antipsychotics and may carry increased risks, according to an article in CMAJ. ...> Full Article

Researchers find many elderly men are undergoing unnecessary PSA screenings (4/8/2011)

Summary of study being published online in the Journal of Clinical Oncology March 28 finding that men in their seventies had prostate cancer screening nearly twice as often as men in their early fifties, who are more likely to benefit from prostate cancer detection and treatment. ...> Full Article

Alzheimer's-like brain changes found in cognitively normal elders with amyloid plaques (4/7/2011)

Researchers using two brain-imaging technologies have found that apparently normal older individuals with brain deposits of amyloid beta -- the primary constituent of the plaques found in the brains of Alzheimer's disease patients -- also had changes in brain structure similar to those seen in Alzheimer's patients. Results of the study may someday lead to identification of candidates for preventive therapies. ...> Full Article

Guided care reduces the use of health services by chronically ill older adults (4/6/2011)

New report shows that older people who receive Guided Care, a new form of primary care, use fewer expensive health services compared to older people who receive regular primary care. ...> Full Article

Nursing home boom in China has little government involvement (4/5/2011)

A new study of the growth and operation of nursing homes in Chinese cities finds that the industry, while still small, is surging to meet the country's overwhelming shift toward an older population. The almost entirely private-sector growth has far outpaced government oversight. ...> Full Article

Study: Multi-tasking on the street not a good idea for older people (4/4/2011)

Study: Multi-tasking on the street not a good idea for older peopleOlder adults may put themselves at risk by talking on cell phones while crossing the street, researchers report in a new study. The researchers found that adults aged 59 to 81 took significantly longer than college students to cross a simulated street while talking on a mobile phone, and their heightened cautiousness in initiating crossing did nothing to improve their safety. Older adults on cell phones also were more likely to fail to cross in the time allotted for the task. ...> Full Article

Tai chi beats back depression in the elderly, study shows (4/3/2011)

To fight depression in the elderly, researchers at UCLA combined a weekly Tai chi exercise class with a standard depression treatment for a group of depressed, elderly people. The found greater improvement in their level of depression, along with improved quality of life, better memory and cognition, and more overall energy. ...> Full Article

Diet-exercise combo best for obese seniors (4/2/2011)

Diet-exercise combo best for obese seniorsFor obese seniors, dieting and exercise together are more effective at improving physical performance and reducing frailty than either alone. Although weight loss alone and exercise alone improve physical function, neither is as effective as diet and exercise together, which improved physical performance in seniors by 21 percent. ...> Full Article

Age-related conditions develop faster in adults with diabetes (4/1/2011)

Middle-aged adults with diabetes are much more likely to develop age-related conditions than their counterparts who don't have diabetes, according to a new study by the University of Michigan Health System and VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System. ...> Full Article

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Web-savvy older adults who regularly indulge in culture may better retain 'health literacy'

New laser therapy helps slow macular degeneration

Many older brains have plasticity, but in a different place

Musicians show advantages in long-term memory, UT Arlington research saysMusicians show advantages in long-term memory, UT Arlington research says

Computerized cognitive training has modest benefits for cognitively healthy older adults

Seniors draw on extra brainpower for shoppingSeniors draw on extra brainpower for shopping

Soy spells fewer hot flashes for certain women

Sharpening state spending on seniors

Not all elderly Americans will surf to health

Older women with sleep-breathing problems more likely to see decline in daily functions

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