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03 Oct

Preventing Middle-Age Spread: Skipping These Foods Will Help, New Study Finds

New evidence details which foods to eat and which to avoid if you want to keep the scale from creeping up during middle age.

08 Aug

Mammography After 70, Do the Benefits Outweigh the Risks?

A new study finds breast cancer screening after the age of 70 may be leading to overdiagnosis, unnecessary procedures and anxiety.

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Depression and memory declines may be closely linked in older people, new research suggests.

“Our study shows that the relationship between depression and poor memory cuts both ways, with depressive symptoms preceding memory decline and memory decline linked to subsequent depressive symptoms," said senior study author Dr. Dorina Ca...

Bright lights, loud sounds and trip hazards can make a person with Alzheimer's uncomfortable in the home and even pose real dangers.

The Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) says a few easy fixes can change all that.

“Every family caregiver...

New research shows that a set of healthy lifestyle habits can help preserve brain function in folks with mild cognitive impairment or early dementia.

About 71% of patients who ate healthy, exercised regularly and engaged in stress management had their dementia symptoms either remain stable or improve without the use of any

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  • About one in eight U.S. seniors will be treated for a traumatic brain injury, typically during a fall, a new study finds.

    Medicare data shows that about 13% of seniors suffered a severe concussion during an average follow-up period of 18 years, researchers report.

    Although these injuries...

    One of the toughest decisions seniors face is when to give up their keys and stop driving.

    Even slight changes to the ability to remember, think and reason can lead a senior to decide to stop driving, a new study finds.

    Impaired cognitive function foreshadows the decision of many seniors ...

    Blood pressure medications appear to more than double the risk of life-threatening bone fractures among nursing home residents, a new study warns.

    The increased risk stems from the drugs' tendency to impair balance, particularly when patients stand up and temporarily experience low blood pressure that deprives the brain of oxygen, researchers reported recently in the journal

    Higher rates of blood vessel-damaging conditions like hypertension or diabetes may be driving up rates of cognitive decline and dementia among older American Indians, new research shows.

    The study found that 54% of American Indians ages 72 to 95 had some form of impairment in their thinking and/or memory skills, while 10% had dementia.

    The underlying causes: Vascular (blood vessel)...

    Worries over health-related costs are plaguing the minds of older Americans of all backgrounds, a new poll suggests.

    Five of the six health-related issues that most people found very concerning had to do with health care costs, according to results from the University of Michigan National Poll on Healthy Aging. 

    And the sixth issue – financial scams and fraud – also had to ...

    Most seniors probably view any emergency surgery with a certain level of anxiety.

    Now, a new study seeks to sort out who might be at highest risk for a complication from such surgeries -- and which surgeries are more prone to trouble.

    Two key factors emerged: How frail any patient over 65 was prior to their emergency procedure, and whether the surgery was deemed to be high- or low...

    Warning letters sent by Medicare officials can prompt a decline in antipsychotic prescriptions for seniors with dementia, a new study finds.

    Letters sent to heavy prescribers of quetiapine (Seroquel), the most popular antipsychotic in the United States, led to a significant decline in drugs handed out to seniors, researchers reported Apr...

    People's idea of “old age” is aging itself, with middle-aged folks and seniors believing that old age starts later in life than did peers from decades ago, a new study finds.

    The study revolves around the question “At what age would you describe someone as old?”

    Decades ago, folks born in 1911 set the beginning of old age at 71 when they were asked that question at age 65, r...

    Jobs that challenge your mind could help your brain age more gracefully, a new study suggests.

    The harder your brain works on the job, the less likely you are to have memory and thinking problems later in life, researchers reported April 17 in the journal Neurology.

    “We examined the demands of various jobs and found that cognitive stimulation at work during different sta...

    AI could help doctors cut back on the bewildering variety of medications that seniors frequently are prescribed, a new study suggests.

    More than 40% of seniors are prescribed five or more meds, and this increases a person's risk of adverse drug interactions, researchers s...

    COVID-19 lockdowns prompted countless American seniors to become socially isolated.

    Now, new research finds that many have still not fully rejoined society.

    More than half of older adults still spend more time at home and less time out socializing in public, even though the pandemic has passed,...

    Pregnancy transforms women's bodies in many obvious ways, but new research suggests it may also accelerate aging.

    Women who had been pregnant appeared to be biologically older than women who had never carried a child, the genetic analysis revealed.

    Further, more pregnancies meant more aging.

    “Our findings suggest that pregnancy speeds up biological aging, and that these effe...

    Younger generations are aging more rapidly, and this could be leading to an increased risk of cancer, a new study says.

    People born in or after 1965 are 17% more likely to be experiencing accelerated aging compared to seniors born between 1950 and 1954, researchers found.

    That faster aging is associated with a higher risk of certain cancers among adults younger than 55, also known a...

    Sticky fingers, runny noses: Little kids are sweet, but they can also pass on dangerous germs to loving grandparents, new research confirms.

    The study found that contact with pre-school and kindergarten-aged kids may be the leading transmission route for bacteria that can cause dangerous pneumonias ...

    As their aging brains shrink, older dogs can suffer the same memory and thinking problems as many older humans do.

    But dogs are just like humans in another way -- playtime and social activities can help preserve their brain function, a new study finds.

    Exercising, socializing, playing with toys and playing with other dogs helped a small group of beagles maintain their brains, resear...

    A genetic mutation that boosts cell function could protect people against Alzheimer's disease, even if they carry another gene mutation known to boost dementia risk.

    The newly discovered mutation appears to protect people who...

    Out of a host of possible risk factors for dementia, three really stood out in a new analysis: Diabetes, air pollution and alcohol.

    British and American researchers used brain scans to focus on a neurological network they labeled a "weak spot" in the brain. This network is known to be vulnerable to the effects of aging, as well as

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  • Seniors wound up with lower blood pressure after they were coached to get up and move more often, a new study says.

    Health coaching successfully reduced sitting time for a group of older adults by just over 30 minutes a day, according to a report published March 27 in the journal JAMA Network Open<...

    If you're in your 60s, 70s or even older, you might think your days of productively pumping iron are behind you.

    That's just not true, said Dr. Adil Ahmed, an assistant professor in the Joseph Barnhart Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

    Building and maintaining muscle is ...

    Lots of seniors are regularly taking low-dose aspirin in hopes of preventing heart attacks and strokes, even though updated guidelines often advise against it.

    About one in four older adults take aspirin at least three times a week, according to results from the University of Michigan's

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  • March 8, 2024
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  • Dementia could three times more common among people suffering from essential tremor, a movement disorder that causes involuntary shaking, a new study suggests.

    “Not only do tremors affect a person's ability to complete daily tasks such writing and eating, our study suggests that people with essential trem...

    Major surgery is a dicey proposition for many seniors, with a substantial number landing back in the hospital just weeks or months after their operation, a new study warns.

    Nearly one in eight seniors (12%) who undergo surgery are readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of their procedure, researchers report Feb. 28 in the journal

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  • March 4, 2024
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  • School not only makes a person smarter, but it can also help them live longer, researchers report.

    People with more education tend to age more slowly and live longer lives compared to the less educated, the study found.

    Higher levels of education are significantly associated with a slower pace of aging and a lower risk of death, according to the report published March 1 in the journ...

    Following an annual physical conducted on Wednesday, President Joe Biden has been found "fit for duty" by his doctor.

    “The President feels well and this year's physical identified no new concerns. He continues to be fit for duty and fully executes all of his responsibilities without any exemptions or accommodations,” White House physician

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  • February 29, 2024
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  • Middle-aged folks who have difficulties navigating their way through space could be at higher risk of developing Alzheimer's disease years later, a new study finds.

    “Very early symptoms of dementia can be subtle and difficult to detect, but problems with navigation are thought to be some of the first changes in Alzheimer's disease," noted

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  • February 29, 2024
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  • Even if they got a COVID booster last fall, American seniors should still get a second shot this spring to best protect themselves, U.S. health officials recommended Wednesday.

    The latest guidance, voted on by a vaccine advisory panel and endorsed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, states that a second booster is fine as long as at least four months have passed since ...

    Excess fat around your pancreas could bode ill for the health of your aging brain, new research shows.

    But maybe only if you're male: The relationship wasn't observed among women, noted the team from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J.

    “In middle-aged males at high Alzheimer's disease risk -- but not females --higher pancreatic fat was associated with lower cognition and bra...

    When settling into your senior years, you need to be especially careful when taking medicines, herbal remedies and supplements, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says.

    That's because older adults are likely to use more prescription and over-the-counter medications, which increases the risk of harmful side effects and drug interactions, the FDA said in a

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  • February 19, 2024
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  • Millions of Black and Hispanic middle-class adults won't be able to afford senior housing and health care expenses as they grow old, a new study warns.

    The number of middle-income older adults of color is expected to double within the next decade, rising from 12% in ...

    Women with HIV experience accelerated DNA aging, potentially leading to poorer physical function sooner in life than expected, a new study says.

    Markers of aging measured in blood revealed that women with HIV age faster than their chronological age, according to results published in the

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  • February 16, 2024
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  • When a loved one has dementia, Valentine's Day can be bittersweet.

    "When dementia enters someone's life, it can change many things, including the dynamic of their relationships," said Jennifer Reeder, director of educational and social services for the Alzheimer's Foundation of America. 

    That's why it's important to ...

    Dementia care can eat through the savings of cash-strapped seniors, a new study warns.

    The average senior with dementia in non-nursing residential care facilities spent 97% of their monthly income on long-term care, researchers found. Meanwhile, those living in nursing homes spend nearly 83% of their monthly income on their care, results show.

    “Because dementia is such an expensiv...

    Medical tourism to Mexico for cosmetic procedures exposed Americans to a deadly fungal infection last year, a new report shows.

    An outbreak of Fusarium solani meningitis occurred at two clinics in Matamoros specializing in elective cosmetic procedures like breast augmentation, liposuction and Brazilian butt lifts.

    The new report, published Feb. 8 in the

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  • February 9, 2024
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  • New research suggests healthy lifestyles can help stave off dementia, perhaps by building a resilient 'cognitive reserve' in the aging brain.

    The study was based on the brain autopsies on 586 people who lived to an average of almost 91. Researchers compared each person's lifestyle and end-of-life mental skills to their neurological signs of dementia, such as brain protein plaques or chang...

    If you're over 65, you likely struggle sometimes to hear conversations clearly, but ignoring that may prompt even more serious health problems, experts say.

    If left unchecked, hearing loss can lead to social isolation and depression -- two conditions known to raise dementia risk, said Dr. Leah Ross, a physician in the Di...

    Dementia seems like a disorder that's always haunted the human race.

    But this form of severe memory loss is actually a modern malady, if classical Greek and Roman physicians are to be believed.

    A new analysis of ancient Greek and Roman medical texts suggests that dementia was extremely rare 2,000 to 2,500 years ago, in the time of Aristotle, Galen and Pliny the Elder.

    The new ...

    Folks with life-threatening chronic illnesses can receive effective support over the telephone as they manage their condition day by day, a new clinical trial finds.

    Seriously ill veterans living with lung or heart disease experienced significant improvements in depression, anxiety and quality of life from a palliative care program delivered by phone, researchers found.

    “While we ...

    A daily multivitamin could help people keep their brains healthy as they age, a new trial finds.

    Results suggest taking multivitamins could help prevent memory loss and slow cognitive aging among older adults, researchers report in the Jan. 18 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutritio...

    Many studies have found that getting high on weed and then getting behind the wheel is dangerous for young drivers, and now new research finds it's no different for seniors.

    In a driving-simulator experiment, seniors who were long-term marijuana smokers were weaving in and out of their lanes 30 minutes after getting high, Canadian researchers report.

    The effect was not seen when the...

    Putting a little pressure on your bones during exercise or daily activities might pay off in stronger bones as you age, new research suggests.

    The study focused on a crucial part of the hip joint anatomy called the femoral neck.

    Finnish researchers found that largely sedentary folks ages 70 to 85 maintained or gained bone strength in the femoral neck after a year-long exercise progr...

    As levels of nighttime artificial outdoor light rise, so do the odds for a leading cause of vision loss, age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

    South Korean researchers found that people living in areas of that country with the highest levels of streetlights and other artificial light had more than double the odds for AMD, compared to those living in areas with the lowest levels.

    T...

    Online-only health care services have become a trendy way for people to receive low-cost medical attention.

    These websites don't require a referral or health insurance, and offer a flat fee for services. The online providers evaluate symptoms, make diagnoses and even prescribe medicines.

    But older Americans aren't having any of it, at least for now, a new survey shows.

    Only 7....

    Migraines are not only extremely painful, but they also appear to pose a driving risk for seniors, a new study warns.

    Older adult drivers recently diagnosed with migraines are three times more likely to be involved in a car crash, researchers reported recently in the

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  • A hearing aid's first purpose is fairly obvious, but a new study argues that the devices also provide an important second benefit -- a longer life.

    “We found that adults with hearing loss who regularly used hearing aids had a 24% lower risk of mortality than those who never wore them,” said lead researcher Dr. Janet Choi, a...

    There are so many New Year's resolutions from which to choose, but an important one could be to schedule a memory screening, experts say.

    Memory screenings consist of a series of questions that gauge memory and brain function, according to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA).

    These regular screenings are an important way to detect memory problems early, and should be part of...

    Seniors with vision issues are at much higher risk for dangerous falls, new research confirms.

    Compared to seniors with good vision, the odds for a fall rose by 38% for seniors with glaucoma, 36% for those with cataracts and 25% for seniors with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), say a team reporting Dec. 28 in the journal

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  • December 29, 2023
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  • For the growing number of American seniors who live alone, having a beloved dog or cat by their side could help them maintain a healthy brain.

    New research on more than 7,900 people averaging 66 years of age found that those who lived alone were able to stave off losses in memory and thinking if they had a pet.

    Pet ownership didn't seem to affect the cognition of older folks who liv...

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