Aging News

Self-Reporting Brain Monitor Helps Track Dementia

December 30th, 2014
A new study has found that a patient self-reporting version of the Healthy Aging Brain Care Monitor, which measures cognitive, functional and psychological symptoms, is user-friendly, reliable and sensitive to changes in symptoms. The Healthy Aging Brain Center Monitor measures 27 items on ...

One-Leg Balancing Test May Indicate Brain Health, Stroke Risk

December 29th, 2014
Inability to balance on one leg for longer than 20 seconds was found to be associated with reduced cognitive function and an increased risk for small blood vessel damage in the brain in otherwise healthy people, according to new research published in ...

Rat Study Finds ALS Drug May Prevent Age-Related Memory Loss

December 28th, 2014
A new study on rats suggests an existing drug, riluzole, may help prevent “foggy brain,” characterized by fading memory and clouding judgment as we age. The forgetfulness is caused by lost and altered connections between neurons in the brain. But researchers at Rockefeller ...

Cardiorespiratory Fitness Improves Memory in Older Adults

December 25th, 2014
A new study has found that older adults who have greater heart and lung health also have better memory recall and cognitive capabilities. For the new study, researchers at Boston University Medical Center compared 33 young adults between the ages of 18 and ...

Seniors’ Ability to Make Financial Decisions Bolstered by Knowledge, Experience

December 23rd, 2014
New research has found that a lifetime of acquired financial expertise and knowledge offsets older people’s declining ability to efficiently process information when making financial decisions. Using credit scores and cognitive ability tests, researchers at the University of California, Riverside, and Columbia University ...

Expectant Fathers May Face Prenatal Hormone Changes

December 21st, 2014
A new study has found that impending fatherhood can lower two hormones -- testosterone and estradiol -- in men, even before their babies are born. According to researchers at the University of Michigan, previous studies have shown that men’s hormones change once they ...

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 ...