It’s Never Too Late: Even Late-Life Physical Activity Can Reduce Dementia Risk

April 16, 2014

The Finnish Cardiovascular Risk Factors, Aging and Dementia (CAIDE) study had previously found that leisure-time physical activity in midlife was related to lower dementia risk 20 years later. In a recent update to this study, researchers looked at the impact of leisure-time physical activity on dementia risk from mid- to late life, and at how [...]

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Fruits or Vegetables: Which Are Healthier?

April 16, 2014

A recent study conducted in the United Kingdom looked at the impact that fruit and vegetable consumption has on overall risk of death, as well as risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease. Importantly, this study also looks at the impact of fruits and vegetables separately, to see which is associated with the greatest reduction of [...]

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Caregiving Struggles

April 16, 2014

For me, caring for others has many positive moments. It can be rewarding and inspiring, funny and surprising. But it can also have some darker moments that are frightening, depressing, tedious, tiring, or overwhelming. There are days I love caregiving, while other times I struggle with it.
During one of the most difficult periods, a dear [...]

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Why Are Older Adults So Happy?

April 16, 2014

Their bodies and minds are slowly deteriorating, yet research consistently finds that older adults say they’re happier on average than people half their age. So, what gives?
As it turns out, researchers have been wondering the same thing for years, and some interesting findings published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology late last year [...]

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Auditory Deprivation: The Importance of Treating Hearing Loss Early

April 16, 2014

A common complaint from people who have gone too long without treating their hearing loss is “I can’t hear with my hearing aids.” What they likely mean is while they can “hear,” they cannot “understand” sound. “Hearing” means knowing that sound is happening; “understanding” is then knowing what that sound means. While hearing aids make [...]

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Older Adults & Substance Abuse

March 19, 2014

A recent review in Current Opinion in Psychiatry addressed the unique problems posed by substance abuse among older adults. In addition to describing the prevalence of substance abuse, this review covered challenges in diagnosing and treating substance abuse in older adults, the consequences of substance abuse for older populations, and changing trends in substance abuse [...]

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Age Determines Optimal Protein Consumption

March 19, 2014

Researchers recently discovered that the health impacts of eating protein change as we age. Their study looked at the impact of protein consumption on overall mortality, cancer, and diabetes risk in a nationally representative epidemiological study of 6,381 individuals age 50 and better in the United States.
Overall, the individuals in this study averaged an 1,823-calorie [...]

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Research Reveals Many “Hidden” Positive Impacts of Caregiving

March 19, 2014

A recent literature review suggests that the effects on caregiving on informal, unpaid caregivers need to be reappraised. Much of the literature on caregiving emphasizes physical and psychological distress to caregivers, which has come to be viewed as an inevitable outcome of caregiving. This negative assessment of caregiving extends from peer-reviewed academic articles to agency [...]

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Relieving Caregiver Stress

March 19, 2014

Looking back, I don’t know how I made it through being caregiver to my husband. Rare and difficult-to-diagnose “complex regional pain syndrome” kept him in constant pain for many years. With an uncertain prognosis and unproven treatments, we had no guarantee that his pain would ever be relieved. We were frightened.
We were also exhausted. It [...]

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Safe in the Storm

February 19, 2014

The storm blew in while we were sleeping. Ice-coated tree branches fell on power lines and blocked the roads. In the morning I was shocked by what had been quickly and unexpectedly taken from me: a warm house and hot cup of coffee, access to the Internet and the road to work, my creature [...]

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