Depression in older adults is getting more and more attention from the public, and it should. The proportion of older adults diagnosed with depression nearly doubled, from 3.2 percent to 6.3 percent, across all older persons' demographics, between 1992 to 2005.
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.
Researchers looked at whether older adults’ abilities to engage in basic activities of daily living had any relationship to whether these individuals lived longer.
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
Sleeping Eight Hours or More Raises Mortality Risk for Older Adults in Spain 10 Hours of Sleep Each Night Linked to 73% Greater Risk of Death
In a study of nearly 4,000 people aged 60 and older, those who slept eight or more hours a night were at increased risk for dying than those who slept seven hours. What's more, the risk of death increased progressively with each extra hour of sleep.
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