Aging News

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 ...

Older Brains Can Still Learn — Maybe Too Much

November 29th, 2014
Older people can actually take in and learn from visual information more readily than younger people, according to a new study. This surprising discovery is explained by a decline in the ability to filter out irrelevant information as we get older, according to ...

Vulnerable Brain Spot Tied to Schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s

November 28th, 2014
Oxford researchers have discovered a specific network in the brain that is the first to degenerate with age and also the most vulnerable spot for the development of schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s disease. The study, published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy ...

Jogging Beats Walking for Older Adults

November 24th, 2014
A new study suggests that jogging helps older adults maintain their muscular efficiency more so than walking. Researchers at Humboldt State University and the University of Colorado, Boulder discovered the unexpected benefit of jogging in older adults by physiological testing adults while they ...

Weight Changes Common with Parkinson’s

November 21st, 2014
New research discovers that it is normal for patients with Parkinson’s disease to have significant weight fluctuations. People may gain or lose weight depending on the stage of the disease. They may also gain up to 25 pounds after a course of deep ...

Herpes Simplex Virus May Up Risk of Alzheimer’s

November 20th, 2014
A person who carries certain antibodies of the herpes simplex virus may be at double the risk for Alzheimer’s disease, according to two new Swedish studies. "The identification of a treatable cause [herpes simplex] of the most common dementia disorder is a breakthrough," ...

New Brain Disease ID’d With Similarities to Alzheimer’s

November 17th, 2014
Researchers have identified a disease that has similar symptoms as Alzheimer’s yet is biologically different. Investigators believe the ability to diagnose different forms of memory impairment will aid the development of effective treatments for brain diseases. The new neurological disease is called primary age-related ...

Too Much of Two Drugs May Increase Risk of Dementia

November 16th, 2014
Long-term overtreatment with the anti-clotting drug warfarin, combined with antiplatelet therapy with aspirin or clopidigrel to prevent stroke, may increase the risk of dementia in people with atrial fibrillation, according to a new research. Atrial fibrillation is a common heart rhythm abnormality that ...

Anxiety Increases Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

November 11th, 2014
A new study discovers that people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) are at increased risk of Alzheimer's disease within a few years. And the risk of Alzheimer’s increases significantly if they suffer from anxiety. Researchers at Baycrest Health Sciences' Rotman Research Institute in Toronto, ...

Neighborhood Design Help Seniors Maintain Cognitive Health

November 10th, 2014
A neighborhood’s “walkability” can be a key factor for maintaining physical and cognitive health among older adults. Researchers from the University of Kansas presented evidence at the annual meeting of the Gerontological Society of America that neighborhoods which motivate walking can stave off ...