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Training elderly in social media improves well-being and combats isolation (12/17/2014)

Training older people in the use of social media improves cognitive capacity, increases a sense of self-competence and could have a beneficial overall impact on mental health and well-being, according to a landmark study carried out in the UK. ...> Full Article


Scientist advances the study of eye disease and aging (12/16/2014)

Scientist advances the study of eye disease and agingCataracts, a clouding of the lens in the eye leading to vision loss, affects more than 24 million people in the United States, according to National Institutes of Health estimates. K. Krishna Sharma, an ophthalmology researcher at the University of Missouri, has worked for more than two decades to study the mechanisms involved in this degenerative disease. Discoveries in his lab are advancing both the understanding of how cataracts develop and the process of aging. ...> Full Article


Coordinating care of older adults moving across treatment still a problem (12/13/2014)

In what is believed to be the first interview-style qualitative study of its kind among health care providers in the trenches, a team led by a Johns Hopkins geriatrician has further documented barriers to better care of older adults as they are transferred from hospital to rehabilitation center to home, and too often back again. ...> Full Article


With age, we lose our visual learning filter (12/2/2014)

Older people can actually take in and learn from visual information more readily than younger people do, according to new evidence reported in the Cell Press journal Current Biology on November 26. This surprising discovery is explained by an apparent decline with age in the ability to filter out irrelevant information. ...> Full Article


Elderly brains learn, but maybe too much (12/1/2014)

Elderly brains learn, but maybe too muchLearning requires both mental flexibility, or 'plasticity,' and stability. A new study finds that in learning a visual task, older people exhibited a surprising degree of plasticity, but had trouble filtering out irrelevant information, suggesting that their learning was not as stable. ...> Full Article


Web-savvy older adults who regularly indulge in culture may better retain 'health literacy' (11/30/2014)

Older people who are active Internet users and who regularly indulge in a spot of culture may be better able to retain their health literacy, and therefore maintain good health, suggests research published online in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. ...> Full Article


New laser therapy helps slow macular degeneration (11/29/2014)

A new, low impact low energy laser treatment for patients with early age-related macular degeneration has produced positive results by reducing indicators of the disease. ...> Full Article


Many older brains have plasticity, but in a different place (11/28/2014)

Brain scientists have long believed that older people have less of the neural flexibility, or plasticity, required to learn new things. A new study shows that older people learned a visual task just as well as younger ones, but the seniors who showed a strong degree of learning exhibited plasticity in a different part of the brain than younger learners did. ...> Full Article


Musicians show advantages in long-term memory, UT Arlington research says (11/27/2014)

Musicians show advantages in long-term memory, UT Arlington research saysResearch that a UT Arlington psychology professor is presenting at the Society for Neuroscience conference shows links between musical training and long-term memory advantages. ...> Full Article


Computerized cognitive training has modest benefits for cognitively healthy older adults (11/26/2014)

Computerized cognitive training (CCT) has been widely promoted for older adults, but its effectiveness for cognitively health older adults has been unclear in systematic reviews to date. In a new systematic review and meta-analysis published in this week's issue of PLOS Medicine, Michael Valenzuela and colleagues found a small overall effect of CCT on performance of cognitive tests that were not included in the training program. ...> Full Article


Seniors draw on extra brainpower for shopping (11/25/2014)

Seniors draw on extra brainpower for shoppingHoliday shopping can be mentally exhausting for anyone. But a new study finds that older adults seem to need extra brainpower to make shopping decisions -- especially ones that rely on memory. The Duke University study, appearing Nov. 19 in the Journal of Neuroscience, suggests that older shoppers draw on resources from an additional brain area to remember competing consumer products and choose the better one. ...> Full Article


Soy spells fewer hot flashes for certain women (11/24/2014)

Does soy in the diet help with hot flashes? It does, but only for women whose bodies can produce the soy metabolite equol, reports a study of American women just published online in Menopause, the journal of The North American Menopause Society. ...> Full Article


Sharpening state spending on seniors (11/23/2014)

As our society ages, a University of Montreal study suggests the health system should be focusing on co-morbidity and specific types of disabilities that are associated with higher health care costs for seniors, especially cognitive disabilities. ...> Full Article


Not all elderly Americans will surf to health (11/22/2014)

Providing health information on the internet may not be the 'cure all' that it is hoped to be. It could sideline especially those Americans older than 65 years old who are not well versed in understanding health matters, and who do not use the web regularly. So says Helen Levy of the University of Michigan in the US in a study in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, published by Springer. ...> Full Article


Older women with sleep-breathing problems more likely to see decline in daily functions (11/21/2014)

Older women with disordered breathing during sleep were found to be at greater risk of decline in the ability to perform daily activities, such as grocery shopping and meal preparation, according to a new study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the University of California, San Francisco. ...> Full Article

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Training elderly in social media improves well-being and combats isolation

Scientist advances the study of eye disease and agingScientist advances the study of eye disease and aging

Coordinating care of older adults moving across treatment still a problem

With age, we lose our visual learning filter

Elderly brains learn, but maybe too muchElderly brains learn, but maybe too much

Web-savvy older adults who regularly indulge in culture may better retain 'health literacy'

New laser therapy helps slow macular degeneration

Many older brains have plasticity, but in a different place

Musicians show advantages in long-term memory, UT Arlington research saysMusicians show advantages in long-term memory, UT Arlington research says

Computerized cognitive training has modest benefits for cognitively healthy older adults

Seniors draw on extra brainpower for shoppingSeniors draw on extra brainpower for shopping

Soy spells fewer hot flashes for certain women

Sharpening state spending on seniors

Not all elderly Americans will surf to health

Older women with sleep-breathing problems more likely to see decline in daily functions



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