Aging News

Poor Sleep Tied to Higher Suicide Risk in Older Adults

August 15th, 2014
Older adults who suffer from sleep difficulties are at greater risk of dying from suicide than well-rested adults, according to new research at the Stanford University School of Medicine. The study confirmed the already established link between depression and suicide risk, while also ...

Wanted: Just the Right Amount of Exercise

August 14th, 2014
More than half of all American fail to obtain the minimum recommended amount of physical activity (>150 minutes/week of moderate exercise), a factor that increases risk of obesity, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. Emerging research, however, warns that individuals can overdo exercise increasing the ...

Computer Literacy May Support Cognition in Elders

August 13th, 2014
Emerging research suggests minimal levels of digital competency can help to reduce cognitive decline in older adults. The new study is the first to show the ability to engage, plan, and execute digital actions, such as web browsing and exchanging emails, can improve ...

Depression, Cognitive Ills After 65 Tied to Faster Brain Aging

August 10th, 2014
People who develop depression and mild cognitive impairment (MCI) after age 65 are more vulnerable to accelerated brain aging, according to a new study. Older adults with major depression have double the risk of developing dementia compared with those who have never had ...

Spatial Skill May Be Undiminished with Age

August 8th, 2014
Australian researchers have found a specific brain function remains the same in later years as they were in prime time. One skill that appears to remain intact is spatial attention, or the ability to focus on specific stimuli in a visual environment. Investigators at the ...

Low Vitamin D Can Hike Risk of Dementia in Elderly

August 8th, 2014
New research suggests Vitamin D deficiency in older individuals can significantly increase their risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s. A team of international researchers found that study participants who were severely Vitamin D deficient were more than twice as likely to develop dementia ...

Stroke, Vascular Ills ID’d as Risk Factors in Developing Dementia

August 7th, 2014
A Dutch study has found that those diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) have a fourfold increased risk of developing dementia or Alzheimer's disease (AD), and that stroke and other vascular damage are important risk factors. The results of the study are published ...

Research Shows Older Adults More Alert in the Morning

August 7th, 2014
A new study provides strong evidence of noticeable differences in brain function through the day for older adults. Canadian researchers discovered older adults perform better on demanding cognitive tasks in the morning. Moreover, brain imaging shows that during this time of the day, ...

Motivation to Exercise for Fun Declines with Age

August 7th, 2014
New research finds that baby boomers are driven to exercise -- but that doesn't mean they like it. It turns out boomers view exercise as a "need" rather than a fun activity. In a study recently published in the International Journal of Wellbeing, James Gavin, Ph.D., ...

Reduce Depression, Decrease Dementia

August 1st, 2014
Although prior studies have shown that people with symptoms of depression are more likely to develop dementia, the relationship has remained obscure. A new study corrects this knowledge gap and provides insight into how the two illnesses are related and how ...
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