What Is the State of Public Long-Term Services & Support?

October 22, 2014

Recently, in response to a new initiative of the federal government for improving long-term services and support (LTSS), Dr. Stephen Kaye at the Institute for Health & Aging at University of California, San Francisco addressed the policy landscape in the United States surrounding issues facing individuals in need of such resources. This included a discussion [...]

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Predicting the Future: Researchers Eye New Early Predictor of Cognitive Decline

October 22, 2014

Evidence of Alzheimer’s Disease begins to appear in the brain well before clinical cognitive symptoms of the disease, which has led to the introduction of the term “preclinical Alzheimer’s Disease” to refer to individuals without cognitive impairment who aren’t showing any clinical symptoms of the disease. These individuals show signs of the amyloid plaques that [...]

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Want to Reduce Chronic Inflammation? Volunteer!

October 22, 2014

Inflammation is just a disease thing, right? And aren’t productive activities just ways that one may choose to spend one’s time? On the surface, there doesn’t seem to be any relationship between the two. However, new research looks into whether four different types of productive activity (employment, volunteering, attending meetings, and caregiving) may play a [...]

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Senior Sextistics

October 22, 2014

Believe it or not, in some circles, it’s still taboo to talk about sex. But it’s not hard to believe that there are basically no circles where people are eager to discuss sex among older adults. Nonetheless, sex in later life usually doesn’t stop entirely. Instead, older adults tend to experience a decline in previous [...]

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A Closer Look at Religion’s Role in Countering Depression

September 25, 2014

Depression is one of the most common mental health issues facing older adults, with around 20 percent of adults over 65 reporting being depressed. Additionally, researchers have suggested that older adults with major depression have double the risk of developing dementia compared with those who have never experienced major depression. This makes reducing depression among [...]

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Spousal Caregivers: Who’s the Frailest of Them All?

September 25, 2014

A number of studies have looked at the negative health consequences associated with spousal caregiving, but little attention has been paid to how the cognitive condition of the individual receiving care might impact health outcomes for the caregiver. Recently, a study in the Gerontologist looked into how care recipients with and without dementia might differently impact [...]

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How Can Resilience Impact Health?

September 25, 2014

How we handle adversity can have big effect on how adverse events affect us. In light of this, researchers have turned their attention to resilience, the ability to handle adversity in a manner that protects well-being. Recently a group of researchers looked into whether the impact of resilience extends to the impact of chronic disease [...]

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“When I Was Your Age. . .”: Benefits of Reminiscence & Storytelling

September 25, 2014

You may recall stories your parents told you about when they were growing up. One poignant story my dad loved to tell my sister and me centered on how he was dumped by all three of his kindergarten girlfriends in a span of 60 seconds during one fateful afternoon drawing activity.
As the story goes, my [...]

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Why Older Adults & Technology Don’t Always “Click”

August 27, 2014

A growing number of technology options that can support older adults in the aging process are being introduced. However, these technologies can be of little benefit to older adults if they are not accepted and implemented. A recent review of research sheds light on the factors that influence the adoption of technology for aging in [...]

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How Levels of Engagement in Work, Volunteering & Caregiving Affect Well-Being

August 27, 2014

A recent study in The Gerontologist examined how psychological well-being is impacted by different types of engagement in productive activities, such as paid work, family caregiving, and volunteering. The study looked at this relationship for 330 adults in both middle and late life (ages 50 to 83, with an average age of 62), and examined what [...]

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