Aging News

Happiness Still Attainable, Even With Schizophrenia

August 23rd, 2014
More than one-third of patients with schizophrenia report being happy all or most of the time, according to a new survey by researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. In fact, happiness levels were found unrelated to the severity ...

Preschool Figure Drawings Correlate With IQ a Decade Later

August 20th, 2014
A four-year-old child’s drawings of a person can possibly reveal their intelligence levels then and also a decade later, according to a new study at Kings’ College London. But parents shouldn’t worry if their child draws poorly, as it isn’t the only ...

Imaging Study Shows How Children Memorize Facts

August 18th, 2014
New brain-imaging research reveals how the brain reorganizes itself as children learn basic math facts. "As children learn basic arithmetic, they go from solving problems by counting on their fingers to pulling facts from memory," researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine ...

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 ...