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Aging Bulletin - June 2011 Archives


Alcohol drinking in the elderly: Risks and benefits (6/30/2011)

The Royal College of Psychiatrists of London has published a report related primarily to problems of unrecognized alcohol misuse among the elderly. The report provides guidelines for psychiatrists and family physicians on how to find and how to treat elderly people with misuse of alcohol and drugs. Forum members consider it very important to identify abusive drinking among the elderly and this report provides specific and very reasonable recommendations to assist practitioners in both the identification and treatment of such problems. ...> Full Article


Study helps explain 'sundowning,' an anxiety syndrome in elderly dementia patients (6/28/2011)

New research provides the best evidence to date that the late-day anxiety and agitation sometimes seen in older institutionalized adults, especially those with dementia, has a biological basis in the brain. The findings could help explain "sundowning," a syndrome in which older adults show high levels of anxiety, agitation, general activity and delirium in late afternoon and evening, before they would normally go to bed. ...> Full Article


It's not about the money for long-term care nurses (6/24/2011)

Pay plays a relatively small role in a nurse's decision to stay at or leave a job in a nursing home, according to new research from Rice University, the University of Pittsburgh and Baylor College of Medicine. In a comprehensive study of certified nursing assistants, researchers found that attitudinal factors such as job satisfaction and emotional well-being are better predictors of turnover in long-term care facilities. ...> Full Article


Treatment gap leaves many older adults at unnecessary risk of fracture (6/20/2011)

A new report prepared by the International Osteoporosis Foundation in collaboration with the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industry Associations has found that only a minority of high-risk patients are receiving treatment to prevent fractures -- contrary to the recommendations of most national osteoporosis guidelines and despite continued advances in risk assessment and the widespread availability of effective medication. ...> Full Article


Strength training for grandma and grandpa (6/16/2011)

People lose 30 percent of their muscle strength between the ages of 50 and 70 years. However, maintaining muscle strength in old age is enormously important in order to maintain mobility and to be able to lead an independent life and manage everyday tasks independently. In the current issue of Deutsches Aerzteblatt International, Frank Mayer and colleagues conclude that progressive strength (resistance) training counteracts muscular atrophy in old age. ...> Full Article


Ruling in private pension case could have implications for retirees (6/15/2011)

Ruling in private pension case could have implications for retireesA recent US Supreme Court ruling paves the way for monetary damages when companies misrepresent changes they make to employee pension plans, says Richard L. Kaplan, an expert on taxation and retirement issues. ...> Full Article


Seniors abused during childhood face increased risk of sleep troubles (6/14/2011)

Suffering from parental abuse as a child increases a person's chances of having poor sleep quality in old age, according to a research article in the current issue of the Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological and Social Sciences. ...> Full Article


Study finds shingles may be related to elevated risk of multiple sclerosis (6/13/2011)

Taiwanese investigators have found that there can be a significantly higher risk of multiple sclerosis (MS) occurring in the year following a shingles, or herpes zoster, attack. The findings, which support a long-held view on how MS may develop, are published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases and now available online. ...> Full Article


Apple peel makes mice mighty (6/12/2011)

A University of Iowa study shows that ursolic acid, a compound found in apple peel, reduces muscle wasting and promotes muscle growth in mice. It also reduces fat, blood sugar levels, cholesterol and triglycerides in the animals. The findings suggest that the compound may be useful for treating muscle wasting and possibly metabolic disorders such as diabetes. ...> Full Article


Tai chi could be key to overcoming cognitive effects of chemotherapy (6/11/2011)

Tai chi could be key to overcoming cognitive effects of chemotherapyPrevious studies have indicated that a significant number of patients who receive chemotherapy also experience cognitive declines, including decreases in verbal fluency and memory. Now, one University of Missouri health psychologist has found evidence that indicates Tai Chi, a Chinese martial art, might help overcome some of those problems. ...> Full Article


Study finds older adults with mild cognitive impairment may also have some functional impairment (6/10/2011)

Difficulty remembering important dates and medications, and gathering paperwork, is more common in older individuals with mild cognitive impairment than in those with no cognition problems, according to a report in the June issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. ...> Full Article


Older age does not cause testosterone levels to decline in healthy men (6/9/2011)

A decline in testosterone levels as men grow older is likely the result -- not the cause -- of deteriorating general health, say Australian scientists, whose new study finds that age, in itself, has no effect on testosterone level in healthy older men. ...> Full Article


Testosterone therapy improves memory in postmenopausal women (6/8/2011)

Post-menopausal women have better memory after daily treatment with a testosterone spray for six months, a new preliminary study finds. The results will be presented Saturday at The Endocrine Society's 93rd Annual Meeting in Boston. ...> Full Article


Yoga helped older stroke victims improve balance, endurance (6/7/2011)

An Indiana University study that exposed older veterans with stroke to yoga produced "exciting" results as researchers explore whether this popular mind-body practice can help stroke victims cope with their increased risk for painful and even deadly falls. A range of balance items measured by the Berg Balance Scale and Fullerton Advance Balance Scale improved by 17 percent and 34 percent respectively, participants had more confidence in their balance -- and they enjoyed the practice. ...> Full Article


Study finds older men more likely to lose the ability to orgasm due to gabapentin (6/6/2011)

Boston University School of Medicine researchers have found that gabapentin, (trade name Neurontin) a medication commonly used to treat neuropathic pain, seizures and bipolar disease in older and elderly patients, seems to have a higher incidence of anorgasmia, or failure to experience orgasm, than previously reported. ...> Full Article


Not all hospitals treat elderly the same (6/5/2011)

Hospitals that provide quality care for young people do not always provide the same quality care for the elderly, a new study has found. ...> Full Article


Helping the aged during natural disasters (6/4/2011)

When earthquake, tsunami, tornado or flood strike, among the most vulnerable group are the elderly. Writing in the International Journal of Emergency Management, researchers in New Zealand suggest that emergency response plans must take into account the age-related needs of adults with regards to the personal and social resources they have available. ...> Full Article


Difficulties in diagnosing dementia type (6/3/2011)

Many patients receive an incorrect dementia diagnosis. This is shown by a study carried out by neuropathology researchers in Lund, Sweden. ...> Full Article


Breaking the fracture cycle through effective and coordinated models of care (6/2/2011)

A prior fracture at least doubles a patient's future fracture risk -- yet numerous studies from across the world have found that health-care systems fail to respond to the first fracture to prevent future fractures. A new position paper issued by IOF concludes that coordinator-based systems are the most clinically- and cost-effective models to optimize outcome in fragility fracture patients and help prevent secondary fractures. ...> Full Article


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