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Aging Bulletin - November 2014 Archives


Web-savvy older adults who regularly indulge in culture may better retain 'health literacy' (11/30/2014)

Older people who are active Internet users and who regularly indulge in a spot of culture may be better able to retain their health literacy, and therefore maintain good health, suggests research published online in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. ...> Full Article


New laser therapy helps slow macular degeneration (11/29/2014)

A new, low impact low energy laser treatment for patients with early age-related macular degeneration has produced positive results by reducing indicators of the disease. ...> Full Article


Many older brains have plasticity, but in a different place (11/28/2014)

Brain scientists have long believed that older people have less of the neural flexibility, or plasticity, required to learn new things. A new study shows that older people learned a visual task just as well as younger ones, but the seniors who showed a strong degree of learning exhibited plasticity in a different part of the brain than younger learners did. ...> Full Article


Musicians show advantages in long-term memory, UT Arlington research says (11/27/2014)

Musicians show advantages in long-term memory, UT Arlington research saysResearch that a UT Arlington psychology professor is presenting at the Society for Neuroscience conference shows links between musical training and long-term memory advantages. ...> Full Article


Computerized cognitive training has modest benefits for cognitively healthy older adults (11/26/2014)

Computerized cognitive training (CCT) has been widely promoted for older adults, but its effectiveness for cognitively health older adults has been unclear in systematic reviews to date. In a new systematic review and meta-analysis published in this week's issue of PLOS Medicine, Michael Valenzuela and colleagues found a small overall effect of CCT on performance of cognitive tests that were not included in the training program. ...> Full Article


Seniors draw on extra brainpower for shopping (11/25/2014)

Seniors draw on extra brainpower for shoppingHoliday shopping can be mentally exhausting for anyone. But a new study finds that older adults seem to need extra brainpower to make shopping decisions -- especially ones that rely on memory. The Duke University study, appearing Nov. 19 in the Journal of Neuroscience, suggests that older shoppers draw on resources from an additional brain area to remember competing consumer products and choose the better one. ...> Full Article


Soy spells fewer hot flashes for certain women (11/24/2014)

Does soy in the diet help with hot flashes? It does, but only for women whose bodies can produce the soy metabolite equol, reports a study of American women just published online in Menopause, the journal of The North American Menopause Society. ...> Full Article


Sharpening state spending on seniors (11/23/2014)

As our society ages, a University of Montreal study suggests the health system should be focusing on co-morbidity and specific types of disabilities that are associated with higher health care costs for seniors, especially cognitive disabilities. ...> Full Article


Not all elderly Americans will surf to health (11/22/2014)

Providing health information on the internet may not be the 'cure all' that it is hoped to be. It could sideline especially those Americans older than 65 years old who are not well versed in understanding health matters, and who do not use the web regularly. So says Helen Levy of the University of Michigan in the US in a study in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, published by Springer. ...> Full Article


Older women with sleep-breathing problems more likely to see decline in daily functions (11/21/2014)

Older women with disordered breathing during sleep were found to be at greater risk of decline in the ability to perform daily activities, such as grocery shopping and meal preparation, according to a new study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the University of California, San Francisco. ...> Full Article


Single molecular switch may contribute to major aging-related diseases (11/20/2014)

A study led by Massachusetts General Hospital investigators has identified what appears to be a molecular switch controlling inflammatory processes involved in conditions ranging from muscle atrophy to Alzheimer's disease. ...> Full Article


Learning languages is a workout for brains, both young and old (11/19/2014)

Learning languages is a workout for brains, both young and oldLearning a new language changes your brain network both structurally and functionally, according to Penn State researchers. ...> Full Article


Improving seniors' mental function is goal of NIH grant to IU School of Medicine (11/18/2014)

Indiana University School of Medicine researchers have been awarded a $2.5 million National Institutes of Health grant to evaluate the advantages of physical exercise, cognitive exercise or a combination of both on the aging brain. ...> Full Article


Helping patients with schizophrenia and their caregivers (11/17/2014)

For the study, patients diagnosed with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder and their caregivers participated in 15 weekly one-hour sessions. The treatment covered a range of topics and skills, including education about the illness, techniques to bolster family cohesion and adaptive use of religious coping, communication training, and problem-solving. Homework was also assigned for family members to practice the skills learned during therapy. A control group received three sessions of psycho-education about the illness. ...> Full Article


ACP releases High Value Care advice for communicating about end-of-life care goals (11/16/2014)

Physician-patient communication about goals of care is a low risk, high value intervention for patients with a life threatening illness, the American College of Physicians advises in a paper published in JAMA Internal Medicine. ...> Full Article


Does life satisfaction increase with age? Only in some places, new study finds (11/15/2014)

Does life satisfaction increase with age? Only in some places, new study findsLife satisfaction dips around middle age and rises in older age in high-income, English-speaking countries, but that is not a universal pattern, according to a new report published in The Lancet. Residents of other regions grow increasingly less satisfied as they age. The research also shows a two-way connection between physical health and well-being: poorer health leads to lower ratings of life satisfaction among the elderly, but higher life satisfaction seems to stave off physical health declines. ...> Full Article


Half of elderly people are more than happy to consume new foods (11/14/2014)

Elderly people are regarded as traditional consumers, but the AZTI-Tecnalia study reveals that there are more and more elderly people who are happy to accept new foods. However, these consumers insist that the new proposals should be similar to or evoke traditional products and flavors and, at the same time, be health-enhancing, have the right nutrient profile for their age, and be flavorsome. ...> Full Article


New research reveals what to discuss near life's end (11/13/2014)

The more elements of care that physicians discussed with patients, the higher the satisfaction that they and their families reported regarding care received, and the higher the concordance between preferred and prescribed goals of care. ...> Full Article


Study highlights prevalence of mistreatment between nursing home residents (11/12/2014)

Inappropriate, disruptive, or hostile behavior between nursing home residents is a sizable and growing problem, according to new research from Weill Cornell Medical College and Cornell University. ...> Full Article


Research shows easy-to-walk communities can blunt cognitive decline (11/11/2014)

Research shows easy-to-walk communities can blunt cognitive declineAmber Watts found walkable communities resulted in better outcomes both for physical health -- such as lower body mass and blood pressure -- and cognition (such as better memory) in the 25 people with mild Alzheimer's disease and 39 older adults without cognitive impairment she tracked. ...> Full Article


Study shows vibrating insoles could reduce falls among seniors (11/10/2014)

Findings published in the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation show that imperceptible vibratory stimulation applied to the soles of the feet improved balance by reducing postural sway and gait variability in elderly study participants. The vibratory stimulation is delivered by a urethane foam insole with embedded piezoelectric actuators, which generates the mechanical stimulation. ...> Full Article


New frailty test predicts risk of poor outcomes in elderly patients (11/9/2014)

A simplified frailty index created by surgeons at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Mich., is a reliable tool for assessing risk of mortality and serious complications in older patients considering total hip and knee replacement procedures, according to new study findings presented today at the 2014 Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons. ...> Full Article


New study will track factors in early menopause (11/8/2014)

New study will track factors in early menopauseThe estimated 10 percent of women in Western nations who enter menopause before age 45 have an elevated risk of cardiovascular disease, as well as lower fertility. Now epidemiologist Elizabeth Bertone-Johnson at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is conducting the first large study to investigate whether vitamin D deficiency, inflammatory factors, hormones and other factors are associated with risk of early menopause, funded by the National Institutes of Health. ...> Full Article


Cost of informal caregiving for US elderly is $522 billion annually, study finds (11/4/2014)

A new study provides an improved estimate of the costs of informal caregiving provided to elderly people across the United States. Analyzing new survey information, researchers find the price tag for informal caregivin by friends and relatives comes to $522 billion a year. ...> Full Article


Traumatic brain injury associated with increased dementia risk in older adults (11/3/2014)

Traumatic brain injury appears to be associated with an increased risk of dementia in adults 55 years and older, according to a study published online by JAMA Neurology. ...> Full Article


Dietary flavanols reverse age-related memory decline (11/2/2014)

Dietary flavanols reverse age-related memory declineDietary cocoa flavanols -- naturally occurring bioactives found in cocoa -- reversed age-related memory decline in healthy older adults, according to a study led by Columbia University Medical Center scientists. ...> 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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