Aging News

Tooth Loss Linked to Decline in Memory & Walking Speed

December 20th, 2014
A new study has found that the memory and walking speeds of adults who have lost all of their teeth decline more rapidly than in people who still have some of their own teeth. The study, published in the Journal of the American ...

Benzodiazepine Prescriptions Increase with Age

December 19th, 2014
Despite the known risks for older people, prescription use of benzodiazepines -- sedative and anti-anxiety medications such as alprazolam (Xanax) and diazepam (Valium) -- increases with age, according to a new analysis of benzodiazepine prescription use in the United States. The study ...

Boosting Dementia Caregivers’ Mental Health

December 16th, 2014
People caring for relatives with dementia may benefit from a brief coping strategies therapy, new research suggests. There are more than 15 million family carers of people with dementia in the U.S. Clinical depression, anxiety, or other substantial psychological symptoms are common ...

Teaching Elderly to Use Social Media Improves Well-being

December 15th, 2014
A new landmark study from the UK finds that training older people in the use of social media has a myriad of benefits. Researchers found that proficiency in social media improves cognitive capacity, increases a sense of self-competence, and could have a ...

Poor Sleep Tied to Dementia Changes

December 14th, 2014
A new study has found that people who have sleep apnea or spend less time in deep sleep may be more likely to have changes in the brain associated with dementia. According to the study’s findings, people who don't have as much oxygen ...

Early Warning Signs of Cognitive Impairment Provide Opportunity to Act

December 12th, 2014
New research suggests indications of cognitive decline associated with aging may surface during midlife. Recognition of these warning signs may allow individuals to modify behavior and lower their risk of cognitive deficits later in life. As presented at American College of Neuropsychopharmacology annual ...

Safe, Walkable Neighborhoods Enhance Mental Health in Older Latinos

December 10th, 2014
Older Latinos living in the U.S. who feel that their neighborhoods are safe and walkable exhibit fewer symptoms of depression, and the effect may be long-term, according to a new study by the University of Illinois. “Many times we look at individual-level factors ...

Bad Marriage May Worsen Health Problems of Caregiver

December 7th, 2014
Being a caregiver for a chronically ill family member can negatively impact your physical, biological and mental health, but if you are also in a strained marriage, these negative health effects may feel intensified, according to a new study at South Dakota ...

Older Couples in Unhappy Marriages at Greater Risk for Heart Disease

November 30th, 2014
Older couples in an unhappy marriage are at greater risk for developing heart disease than older couples in a happy marriage; and women are at greater risk than men, according to researchers at Michigan State University. "The findings suggest the need for marriage ...

Most Seniors With Signs of Dementia Don’t Get Tested

November 29th, 2014
A new study finds that more than half of people over the age of 70 with signs of dementia haven’t seen a doctor about it. Researchers from the University of Michigan say their findings suggest that as many as 1.8 million Americans over ...
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