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Aging Brains Slower Due to More Knowledge and Experience, Not Cognitive Decline

January 27, 2014 by Susan Scutti

aging brains, wise brains / shutterstock

In the hopes of dispelling false assumptions about aging, a team of German researchers created a novel model to show that older adults' lackluster performance on tests used in aging studies reflects their increased knowledge and experience as opposed to a decline in cognitive abilities.[read more]

Aging in the Empire State: A Look at New York City's Senior Population

November 7, 2013 by Melody Wilding

Aging population in New York City

Despite the Big Apple’s fast paced lifestyle, Manhattan and the outer boroughs are experiencing a shift toward an older demographic. Today over 1 million older adults are living in the city, and New York State has the third highest population of seniors nationwide.[read more]

The Best iPad and iPhone Apps for Seniors

November 5, 2013 by Melody Wilding

mobile apps for seniors

A surprising new study from the University of California San Francisco found that older adults ages 60-85 demonstrated improved brain function after playing a specially designed game, NeuroRacer. Seniors who participated in the study showed improvements in cognitive tasks including multitasking, attention, and memory.[read more]

Alzheimer's Disease Linked to Poor Sleep: Quantity and Quality of Sleep Make a Difference

October 26, 2013 by Susan Scutti

PET scan of Alzheimer's 

A recent study has shown how sleep allows the brain to export cerebral waste before it can accumulate and cause dementia and other illnesses. Now a team of researchers at Johns Hopkins have discovered that too little sleep or poor quality of sleep is linked to Alzheimer’s disease and may even impact its progression.[read more]

Paramedic Visits to Seniors Reduce EMS Calls by 32%: How Weekly Drop-Ins Encourage Better Health

October 23, 2013 by Susan Scutti

Paramedic visits

A new study presented at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress finds that paramedics may be able to do more than just respond to emergencies — they may be able to prevent them. By visiting seniors on a routine basis, paramedics reduced the number of emergency phone calls by nearly a third.[read more]

11 Social Factors That Contribute to Higher Readmissions

October 22, 2013 by Melody Wilding

Readmission to hospitals

New research now shows that non-medical factors may have a significant impact on re-hospitalization rates among seniors. Social factors, including a patient’s living situation and socioeconomic status, are now thought to influence readmission rates but are not yet taken into account by CMS when calculating penalties.[read more]

CDC's State of Aging and Health in America [VIDEO]

October 18, 2013 by Anthony Cirillo

CDC's State of Aging and Health

The CDC released The State of Aging and Health in America 2013, which provides a snapshot of our nation's trends and progress in promoting prevention, improving the health and well-being of older adults, and reducing behaviors that contribute to premature death and disability.[read more]

7 Ways Caregivers Can Prevent Readmissions

October 17, 2013 by Melody Wilding
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prevent hospital readmissions

Reducing hospitalizations among the elderly starts with improving care transitions from the hospital to home, which is a process that begins at the moment of discharge. If your elderly loved one has recently returned home for recovery, here are 7 steps caregivers can take to help prevent an unnecessary readmission or re-hospitalization.[read more]

Can We Live to 120? Do You Want To? [VIDEO]

October 5, 2013 by Anthony Cirillo

Long life

By 2050, according to U.S. Census Bureau projections, one-in-five Americans will be 65 or older, and at least 400,000 will be 100 or older. Some futurists think even more radical changes are coming that would allow humans to remain healthy and productive to the age of 120 or more.[read more]

Long Term Care Commission Report Falls Short

October 1, 2013 by Liz Seegert

long term care

The Federal Long Term Care Commission issued its final report last week. That’s good news for the millions of disabled and older adults requiring some level of long term services and support. But there’s this one problem. The Commission couldn’t agree on how to pay for it.[read more]

5 Simple Behaviors That May Ward Off Dementia

September 28, 2013 by Melody Wilding

Healthy Living

While common risk factors for Alzheimer’s are out of our control – including family history, gender, genetics, and the aging process – new research is uncovering other healthy behaviors that can effectively protect the brain. Here are five lifestyle behaviors and habits that can effectively decrease your odds for developing dementia.[read more]

What Causes Dementia? New Research Findings Point to Unexpected Factors

September 25, 2013 by Melody Wilding

dementia

Dementia is a slow-progressing, mysterious disease that has puzzled physicians, geriatricians, and neurologists for decades. But today, modern technology and improved research methods allow scientists to peer into the brain and body like never before, uncovering mechanisms that contribute to risk for developing dementia.[read more]