Category Archives: Elder Care

Napping reverses health effects of poor sleep

Washington, DC-A short nap can help relieve stress and bolster the immune systems of men who slept only two hours the previous night, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM). … Continue reading

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Acute psychological stress reduces ability to withstand physical pain

Traffic slows to a crawl, then a stop. You are trapped in a bottleneck nightmare, and late for a meeting. The stress takes a toll on you psychologically - but your body is at risk as well, according to a … Continue reading

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Protein and muscle building: new information

Newswise — Bethesda, Md. (January 30, 2015)—You are what you eat, especially when it comes to how your body builds protein. It is well known that consuming protein stimulates the body’s cells to build protein. However, getting older combined with … Continue reading

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How negative stereotyping affects older people

The most comprehensive analysis to date of research on the effect of negative stereotypes on older people’s abilities has concluded that these stereotypes create a significant problem for that demographic. A research team at the University of Kent’s School of … Continue reading

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Senior falls often kept secret

Newswise — Maintaining an independent lifestyle is so important for some people as they age that they keep it a secret that they’ve experienced a fall. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that millions of adults 65 and … Continue reading

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Elderly falls increasing: study

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Over a 12-year period, the prevalence of self-reported falls among older adults appeared to be on the rise, according to a new nationally representative study. Falling is the most frequent cause of injury among older adults … Continue reading

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Older diabetics may drift toward blood sugar that is too low

(Reuters Health) – Older diabetics may sometimes do too good a job at keeping their blood sugar down, according to a new study. Regardless of age, people with diabetes are taught to keep their blood sugar below certain target levels. … Continue reading

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Playing Catch Can Improve Balance, Prevent Falls in Seniors

Newswise — The simple training exercise of catching a weighted medicine ball can improve balance and may help prevent falls in the elderly, according to research at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Their results are reported in studies available … Continue reading

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The Dementia that is NOT Alzheimer’s Disease

Newswise — Lewy body dementia (LBD) — a complex, challenging and surprisingly common brain disease — is often misdiagnosed as its “cousin,” Alzheimer’s disease. And that could lead to devastating results. According to the Lewy Body Dementia Association (LBDA), accurate … Continue reading

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Older Motorists Worse at Texting and Driving

NEWSWISE - Detroit – A Wayne State University interdisciplinary research team in the Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences has made a surprising discovery: older, more mature motorists — who typically are better drivers in many circumstances — … Continue reading

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Hearing aids may improve balance

Enhancing hearing appears to improve balance in older adults with hearing loss, according to new research from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Patients with hearing aids in both ears performed better on standard balance tests when their … Continue reading

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Feds Creating Robots for Old People; $799,860 project to ‘ensure elderly are eating healthily’

The federal government is financing the creation of robots that can assist the elderly and make sure they are eating healthily. A nearly $800,000 project from the National Science Foundation (NSF) is pairing the University of Pennsylvania with a robot … Continue reading

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Fractures are major cause of older women’s hospitalizations

(Reuters Health) - For U.S. women age 55 or older, bone fractures due to osteoporosis lead to more hospitalizations and greater healthcare costs than heart attack, stroke or breast cancer, according to a new study. “What we saw and what … Continue reading

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