Aging & Health A to Z
Doctors who examined 7,163 women between the ages of 65 and 80 learned that normal weight and obese women, with excess belly fat, are more likely to develop cognitive impairment or dementia than women of similar size who carry extra weight on their hips.
Researchers who studied over 3,000 men and women over the age of 60 learned that people who practiced at least one of four healthy behaviors were less likely to become disabled. The more healthy behaviors people practiced, the less likely they were to become disabled.
Coordinated-Care Program for Older Adults with Dementia Improves Outcomes and Eases Burdens for Family Caregivers
More than 5 million older adults in the United States have Alzheimer’s disease, and at least another million have other dementias.
Driving Safety & Older Adults: The Latest Research from the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (JAGS)
Two studies in the November 2012 issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society evaluated driving in older adults.
For Older Adults with Dementia and Behavioral Problems, Some Antipsychotic Drugs May Be Safer Than Others
A major study of nursing home residents with dementia who were prescribed antipsychotic drugs for behavioral problems, has found that people taking some of these medications were more likely to have serious side effects than people taking other kinds of these medications.
Home Assessments of Needs of Caregivers and Loved Ones With Dementia Help Caregivers Feel "Mastery" And Cope Better
Taking care of a loved one with dementia can be extremely stressful. Caregivers struggling to care for relatives with dementia run higher risks of depression, anxiety and other health problems. Caregivers who are struggling are also more likely to move loved ones with dementia to nursing homes or … more
Older adults with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia often have what are known as “behavioral symptoms.”
Older Adults with Dementia Who Live in Communities Have Unmet Needs, as Do Their “Informal” Caregivers
About 70 percent of the 5.4 million older Americans with dementia live in communities, rather than in assisted living facilities or in nursing homes.
Older Women who are Depressed Have Twice the Risk for Developing Mild Cognitive Impairment and Dementia Later in Life
Researchers who studied 6,376 older women for several years learned that those who were depressed at the beginning of the study were more likely to develop mild cognitive impairment or dementia later on than women who weren’t depressed.
Physical Activity May Prevent or Slow Cognitive Decline Study Finds Greatest Benefit for Women Who Were Active as Teenagers Women Who Become Active Later in Life Also Benefit
Since more and more people are expected to experience dementia in the future, due to increased longevity and other factors, researchers are actively seeking ways to prevent or at least delay mental decline.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Puts Older Veterans at Higher Risk for Dementia PTSD Could be Independent Dementia Risk Factor, Say Researchers
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder that can occur after exposure to life-threatening, traumatic, or fear-inducing situations. PTSD causes a cluster of symptoms, including re-experiencing, avoidance, difficulty falling or staying asleep, irritability or having outbursts of … more
Delirium is sudden and serious confusion that makes it hard to pay attention or think clearly. Older adults are more likely to become delirious than younger people are.
Sleep-Disordered Breathing May Lower Ability to Think and Remember Among Older People, Especially Those With specific form of a Gene
As many as 60% of older adults have "sleep-disordered breathing" (SDB). The most common form of SDB is sleep apnea. People with these treatable sleep problems don’t breathe normally while sleeping. As a result, they wake up briefly, but often, during sleep. They often get … more
Certain prescription medications -- including benzodiazepines and other tranquilizers; morphine and related pain relievers; antipsychotic drugs; and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and other antidepressants - affect the brain and the nervous system. Drugs that do so are known as … more