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Aging Bulletin - March 2012 Archives


Elder abuse remains hidden problem as baby boomers reach old age (3/29/2012)

Despite the 2010 passage of the Elder Justice Act, policy experts have found that combating widespread abuse of seniors is still not a top priority for care providers and governments alike. As many as one in 10 people age 60 and over are affected by this problem, according to the newest Public Policy & Aging Report from the National Academy on an Aging Society, the policy institute of the Gerontological Society of America. ...> Full Article


Use it or lose it: Mind games help healthy older people too (3/28/2012)

Cognitive training including puzzles, handicrafts and life skills are known to reduce the risk, and help slow down the progress, of dementia amongst the elderly. A new study published in BioMed Central's open access journal BMC Medicine showed that cognitive training was able to improve reasoning, memory, language and hand eye co-ordination of healthy, older adults. ...> Full Article


Computer model of spread of dementia can predict future disease patterns years before they occur (3/24/2012)

Researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College have developed a computer program that has tracked the manner in which different forms of dementia spread within a human brain. They say their mathematic model can be used to predict where and approximately when an individual patient's brain will suffer from the spread, neuron to neuron, of "prion-like" toxic proteins -- a process they say underlies all forms of dementia. ...> Full Article


Hospitalization associated with increased cognitive decline in older adults (3/23/2012)

A new study published in the March 21 issue of Neurology suggests that older adults who are hospitalized may have an increased risk of subsequent cognitive decline. The study, conducted by researchers at the Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center and the Rush Institute for Healthy Aging, Rush University Medical Center, found that hospitalization of older adults was associated with increased memory and thinking problems. ...> Full Article


Art improves stroke survivors' quality of life (3/19/2012)

Stroke survivors who like art have a significantly higher quality of life than those who do not, according to new research. Patients who appreciated music, painting and theater recovered better from their stroke than patients who did not. The research was presented at the 12th Annual Spring Meeting on Cardiovascular Nursing, March 16-17, in Copenhagen, Denmark. ...> Full Article


'Brain fog' of menopause confirmed (3/18/2012)

The difficulties that many women describe as memory problems when menopause approaches are real, according to a study published today in the journal Menopause. The findings won't come as a surprise to millions of women, but the results validate their experiences and provide some clues to what is happening in the brain as women hit menopause. ...> Full Article


A simple, low-cost yoga program can enhance coping and quality of life for the caregivers (3/17/2012)

For dementia caregivers, UCLA researchers have found that engaging in a brief, 12-minute yogic practice that included an ancient chanting meditation, can lead to improved cognitive functioning, and lower levels of depression for caregivers. ...> Full Article


Older men's hidden health concerns (3/13/2012)

Are men's concerns the same as women's? The answers to these questions can be found in a large cross-sectional survey of 2,325 Canadian men, aged 55 to 97 years old. ...> Full Article


Aging, overweight people stay happy says new study (3/12/2012)

Growing older and being overweight are not necessarily associated with a decrease in mental well-being, according to a cross-cultural study looking at quality of life and health status in the US and the UK. ...> Full Article


Study highlights ways video games can be enhanced for older adults (3/11/2012)

Advances in technology have brought the video gaming experience closer to that of traditional physical games. Although systems, such as the Wii, that incorporate these features fly off the shelves, the increasingly complex technology may alienate certain segments of the population, including seniors. New HF/E research concludes that even games for "all ages" do not adequately meet older adults' needs and suggests how game developers can increase the benefits while reducing the physical, cognitive, and affective costs of play. ...> Full Article


Persistent depression linked with cognitive decline in older patients with coronary artery disease (3/10/2012)

Persistent depression symptoms may be associated with significantly greater declines in cognitive performance in older patients with coronary artery disease who underwent cardiac catheterization, according to a study published in the March issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. ...> Full Article


Vitamin D deficiency linked to higher mortality in female nursing home residents (3/9/2012)

The majority of institutionalized elderly female patients are vitamin D deficient and there is an inverse association of vitamin D deficiency and mortality, according to a recent study accepted for publication in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. ...> Full Article


New Alzheimer's marker strongly predicts mental decline (3/8/2012)

A new marker of Alzheimer's disease can predict how rapidly a patient's memory and other mental abilities will decline after the disorder is diagnosed, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found. ...> Full Article


Sleep gets better with age, not worse (3/7/2012)

The results challenge the conventional wisdom that difficulty sleeping is perceived more by older adults, and challenge the general clinical practice of ignoring sleep complaints from older adults as a normal part of aging. Researchers say once you factor out things like illness and depression, older people should be reporting better sleep. If not, they need to talk to their doctor. They shouldn't just ignore it. ...> Full Article


Postmenopausal women at greater risk of stroke from high trans fat intake (3/6/2012)

New research shows an increased risk of ischemic stroke in postmenopausal women who consume higher amounts of trans fatty acids, commonly found in baked goods, fried foods, and packaged products. Study findings now available in Annals of Neurology, a journal published by Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of the American Neurological Association and Child Neurology Society, suggest aspirin use may moderate the stroke risk caused by a diet high in trans fats. ...> Full Article


Osteoporosis experts urge bone density testing more frequently for women at risk (3/5/2012)

Although a recent study suggests that women with normal results on dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry scans at ages 67 and older may wait up to 15 years for a second test, a viewpoint article published today in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research cautions that such a lengthy interval is inappropriate for many adults. ...> Full Article


Aspirin may counteract potential trans fat-related stroke risk in older women (3/4/2012)

Older women whose diets include a substantial amount of trans fats are more likely than their counterparts to suffer an ischemic stroke, a new study shows. ...> Full Article


Hearing loss linked to 3-fold risk of falling (3/2/2012)

Hearing loss has been linked with a variety of medical, social and cognitive ills, including dementia. However, a new study led by a Johns Hopkins researcher suggests that hearing loss may also be a risk factor for another huge public health problem: falls. ...> Full Article


Excess fat may be 'protective' in seniors over 85 (3/1/2012)

Past the age of 85, says professor Jiska Cohen-Mansfield of Tel Aviv University, obese people were not only at lower risk of death than their underweight peers, but also appeared to be less at risk than those who had a normal weight as well. However, she warns that they may also suffer longer from obesity-related illnesses. ...> Full Article


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