Heart disease and some cognitive problems in the elderly affect women more

During American Heart Month in February, a new study has shed light on the links between heart disease, poor circulation and mental decline in senior citizens. Mayo Clinic researchers report in the Journal of the American Medical Association on Neurology that women are particularly susceptible to the health connections to mild cognitive impairment as they age,… Read more »

National Senior Independence Month focuses on healthy aging in place 

With people living longer and healthier lives, there is a growing movement focused on aging in place, or living independently in one’s home for as long as senior citizens are able to keep up with the physical and cognitive demands of maintaining their own residences. The day-to-day activities in the typical senior citizen’s home demands the… Read more »

Aging may affect restful sleep and the ability to retain long-term memories

Changes that occur in the brain as people age may cause them to lose sleep and could have a negative impact on their long-term memory, according to a new study. The journal Nature Neuroscience reported that researchers at the University of California (UC) at Berkeley indicate in a study that if the slow-wave phase of sleeping – about one-fourth of… Read more »

Heart-healthy diets may not improve cognitive function in seniors

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A study by scientists at a nutritional research center in France found that the heart-healthy benefits of a Mediterranean-style diet don’t necessarily strengthen cognitive ability in people as they age. A Mediterranean diet, so named for the cuisine of that region, is heavy in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes and olive oil. It has long been associated… Read more »

Bilingual seniors receive lifelong boost in cognitive ability

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Solving crossword puzzles is said to keep the brain nimble, but another way to stay sharp has more to do with the culture in which someone was born. According to the Journal of Neuroscience, bilingual senior citizens who have been speaking two languages throughout their lives tend to use their brains more efficiently, based on study… Read more »

Seniors need to take precautions against winter’s hazards

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From seasonal illnesses to cold temperatures, winter is often hardest on senior citizens. Shoveling snow, walking on icy sidewalks and trying to prevent severe colds and the flu are particularly hard on those who may have age-related conditions or limited mobility. Seniors who are age 65 and older are especially vulnerable to flu and are urged… Read more »

Five-year plan of clinical trials aimed at improving Alzheimer’s treatments

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A five-year plan that involves four clinical trials of drugs and other treatments for Alzheimer’s disease will be undertaken by a consortium of medical centers across the United States and Canada, the National Institutes of Health announced. The program, which will be conducted at 70 medical sites in both countries, is called the Alzheimer’s Disease… Read more »

New study sheds light on the development of osteoarthritis

Around the world, more individuals are experiencing osteoarthritis. According to a recent survey by Statistik Austria, nearly 40 percent of people over the age of 60 experience the condition, yet a team of researchers at the University Department of Orthopaedics at the MedUni are trying to find ways to prevent it from forming. “Glycobiology is… Read more »