Aging News

Global Alzheimer’s Report Calls for Prevention

November 6th, 2014
A new global report on Alzheimer's disease is highlighting the need for better prevention. Currently, more than five million Americans are living with the condition. Alzheimer's Disease International, the worldwide federation of Alzheimer's associations, commissioned the "World Alzheimer Report 2014 Dementia and ...

Kids’ Beliefs About Soul, Afterlife Persist as Adults

November 4th, 2014
A new study finds that what we believe as children about the soul and afterlife influences our beliefs as adults. Researchers reviewed if our ingrained opinions (implicit belief) changes and if our ingrained thoughts are different from our contemporary or explicit beliefs. “My starting ...

Pre-Op Pain & Depression Put Elders at Risk for Later Delirium

November 4th, 2014
A new study suggests elders who suffer pain and depression before a surgery need to be aware of the risk for post-surgical delirium. Delirium is associated with a sharp decline in attention and mental function. Older adults are especially susceptible to delirium following ...

Sleep Apnea Affects REM Sleep and Memory

October 31st, 2014
New research suggests sleep apnea may disrupt the formation of new spatial memories. Spatial memories are used every day and act as our internal compass to keep us from getting lost, remember where we left the keys, or parked the car. Sleep ...

Male Sleep Difficulties May Warn of Alzheimer’s

October 29th, 2014
New research suggests men with self-reported sleep disorders may be at higher risk of developing Alzheimer's disease than men without them. Swedish researchers followed more than 1,000 men, who were initially 50 year old, between the years 1970 and 2010. They found that self-reported ...

New Study Shows Dietary Flavanols Can Reverse Age-Related Memory Decline

October 26th, 2014
A new study has found that dietary cocoa flavanols -- naturally occurring bioactives found in cocoa -- reversed age-related memory decline in healthy older adults. The study shows that a component of age-related memory decline is caused by changes in a specific region ...

Alcohol Linked to Better Memory in Those Over 60

October 26th, 2014
A new study shows that for people over 60 who do not have dementia, moderate alcohol consumption is linked to higher episodic memory, the ability to recall memories of events. According to researchers from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston, ...

Strong Vocabulary Protects Against Cognitive Decline

October 22nd, 2014
New research suggests a robust vocabulary may reduce mild cognitive impairment and lead to a lower risk of developing dementia. Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or incipient dementia is a condition that some people develop as they age. Many experts believe it is an ...

Positive Subliminal Messages Boost Elders’ Physical Performance

October 21st, 2014
A new study discovers positive subliminal messages that flip negative stereotypes of aging can improve physical functioning among the elderly. Yale School of Public Health researchers say the novel intervention method was designed to examine whether exposure to positive age stereotypes could weaken ...

Grief Brings Infection Risk for Elderly

October 21st, 2014
Bereavement affects a person's immune system, and the impact varies as we grow older, say researchers. "During the difficult weeks and months after loss we can suffer from reduced neutrophil function," said Dr. Anna Phillips of Birmingham University, U.K. "Neutrophils are the most abundant ...