Aging News

Musical Training in Youth Can Protect Brain in Old Age

February 3rd, 2015
Scientists have found that musical training in younger years can prevent a decay in speech listening skills in later life. Canadian researchers discovered older adults who had musical training in their youth were 20 percent faster in identifying speech sounds than their non-musician ...

Socializing Boosts Health Literacy

February 2nd, 2015
Older adults can maintain a good understanding of health if they regularly use the Internet and take part in social events, new research suggests. Information on health and disease is now widely available, and people expect to be participants in the process of ...

The Challenge of Communicating with Aging Parents

January 29th, 2015
Emerging studies have shown that both adult children and their aging parents identify stubbornness in the parents as a significant issue. The stubbornness may manifest when an aging parent declines advice or help with daily problems and insists, resists, or persists in doing ...

Some Common Drugs May Increase Dementia Risk

January 27th, 2015
A large study finds that a certain group of medications may increase the risk for developing dementia, including Alzheimer’s. Researchers discovered medications that have strong anticholinergic effects may increase the risk for dementia if the drugs are taken at higher doses or for ...

Mouse Study Complicates Role of Inflammation in Alzheimer’s

January 26th, 2015
The role of inflammation in the development of Alzheimer’s disease just got more complicated. University of Florida (UF) researchers discovered an anti-inflammatory process might actually facilitate the build-up of sticky clumps of protein that form plaques in the brain. These plaques block brain cells' ...

Good Sleep in Youth and Middle Age Linked to Better Memory in Old Age

January 23rd, 2015
Alluring new research suggests that obtaining adequate amounts of sleep during middle age may help to maintain mental functions 30 years later. Researchers have known that obtaining appropriate amounts of sleep in young and middle-aged people helps memory and learning. Also, ...

Walnuts May Improve Memory

January 22nd, 2015
New research suggest the simple act of eating a handful of walnuts a day may improve your memory. Dr. Lenore Arab from the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, found that eating walnuts may improve performance on ...

Alcohol & Many Medications Make A Risky Mix

January 19th, 2015
A new study finds that almost 42 percent of U.S. drinkers have also used one or more prescription medications that interact with alcohol -- everything from blood pressure medications to diabetes drugs to antidepressants. Although 71 percent of American adults drink alcohol, little is known ...

Behavioral Changes, Depression May Precede Alzheimer’s

January 15th, 2015
Emerging research suggests depression and behavioral changes may occur before memory declines in people who will go on to develop Alzheimer's disease. Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine said while it has been known that many people with Alzheimer's experience depression, irritability, apathy, ...

Virtual Reality Games Help ID Mild Cognitive Impairment

January 13th, 2015
Researchers have developed a virtual supermarket of cognitive training games that help to detect mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Greek investigators say that although the concept of a virtual supermarket has been used in the past to help detect cognitive functions, prior iterations could ...