Aging

A recent study explored the effects of tai chi on mild cognitive impairment and the activities of daily living in older adults. Mild cognitive impairment is characterized by mild problems in cognitive abilities such as memory, thinking and reasoning skills. People with mild cognitive impairment may also have minor difficulties carrying out instrumental activities of
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A recently published PLoS ONE article has investigated the association of dietary protein intake and hand grip strength in older adults. There is a reverse relationship between aging and muscle mass. As we get older, we gradually lose our muscle build. This decrease in muscle mass brings a significant burden of mortality and morbidity. Health-care
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Although there has been strong evidence emphasizing benefits of falls prevention programs, fall incidences in the older adult population is increasing. A recently published study outlines organizations’ perspectives on barriers that limit an older adult’s participation in a fall prevention program and strategies to optimize these programs. Falls among older adults are preventable through lifestyle
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Aging is a natural process that is the cumulative effect of genetic and environmental damage to our bodies and DNA. Stem cells found within the body help to combat the effects of aging. Researchers in the US have summarized the research to date concerning how stem cells and anti-aging genes impact the process of aging.
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Researchers recently investigated whether there is an association between calcium and vitamin D supplements and fracture incidence in community-dwelling older adults. Studies have shown that approximately 40% of women older than 50 years old will experience a major osteoporotic fracture. These fractures come at a high cost. Additionally, the most serious type of osteoporotic fractures
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Although there is no evidence that Alzheimer’s can be prevented, researchers review the evidence on how social activities may delay the onset of the disease. In 2010, there were five million people with Alzheimer’s-related cognitive impairment in the United States. By 2040, there could be 16 million people with the disease. Alzheimer’s disease is characterized
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Recent research on how neurodegeneration occurs in the brain of Alzheimer’s patients indicates that the disease may actually spread like an infection. The thief of memory and cognition, Alzheimer’s, is a devastating disease which affects many people worldwide. It is characterized by the presence of two proteins, tau deposits, which form clumps inside neurons and
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Recent research from Ireland has investigated whether age-related hearing loss is associated with cognitive decline, cognitive impairment, and dementia. Adults older than 65 years of age often experience a disabling hearing loss. There are cohort studies that have shown that age-related hearing loss (ARHL) precedes the onset of clinical dementia by 5 to 10 years,
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Potentially inappropriate medications (PIMs) usage is associated with adverse complications in the older adult population. In a recent study, researchers determine the costs associated with PIMs and the difference between cases in residential care and traditional aged facilities.   Polypharmacy is the concurrent use of numerous drugs to treat a single condition. Individuals prescribed more
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A newly published study on the effects of a sedentary lifestyle has examined associations between physical activity and physical functioning in a geriatric population. Physical functioning is a key determinant of health for geriatric populations. The drop in the physical function has been found to be associated with disability and mortality. With the increasingly aging
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A recent study, published in BMC Geriatrics, investigates the association between total cholesterol and mortality in geriatric patients. It further explores whether this association can be altered with the use of cholesterol-lowering drugs. The association between high levels of total cholesterol and the increased risk of mortality in young and middle-aged people is well established.
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Researchers from East Carolina University performed a study using mice to look at the effects of exercise in reversing metabolic dysfunction in Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a neurological degenerative condition that leads to cognitive decline and memory loss. Alzheimer’s disease is strongly associated with aging and it is believed that over time, specific
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A recent study published in the British Medical Journal determines whether there is a correlation between the occurrence of rainfall and achy joints. It is widely believed that changes in the weather can contribute to the intensity of back and joint pain, especially for patients diagnosed with arthritis. Previous research on the topic, however, has
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Researchers use data from large-scale postmenopausal studies to determine whether long-term bisphosphonate use is a good solution for preventing osteoporotic fractures. Osteoporosis is frequently associated with an increased risk of fracture due to a reduction in bone mineral density. About half of women over 50 years old are expected to experience an osteoporotic fracture. Bisphosphonates,
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Researchers examined the relationship between gait stability and physical activity in older adults performing treadmill exercises. Walking is a good physical activity, and previous studies have found that it provides improved gait stability in the elderly. As published in the European Review of Aging and Physical Activity, researchers recently used treadmill exercises to evaluate the
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Researchers from Toronto reveal an innovative approach to study brain changes linked to working memory loss in people with Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Dementia is a general term for the loss of memory and other cognitive skills. Unlike cognitive impairment associated with normal aging, the cognitive decline associated with dementia is serious enough
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A recent study investigated whether there is a link between consuming high glycemic foods and the accumulation of amyloid-β plaques in older adults. More than one in eight Americans aged over 65 years is affected by Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia. The hallmark characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease is the formation and accumulation
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