News About Aging

Posted By Christine Hoffman

Aging Research & Issues: December 5-8, 2017

Posted By Alicia Colombo

The aging brain: Myth vs. fact

Science has proven that brain health can be cultivated and nurtured over a lifetime and is not limited by age. Leading a mentally active lifestyle, which promotes brain resilience and encourages emotional, cognitive, spiritual and relational heath, can keep your brain functioning well throughout your lifetime. Learning about the difference between myth and fact when it comes to your brain’s functions and health will help to dispel the rumors and put your mind at ease.

Posted By Christine Hoffman

Aging Research & Issues: Nov. 20-22, 2017

Sarah West, a resident of Cathedral Village continuing care retirement community, enjoys horticultural pursuits there. (Photo courtesy of Presbyterian Senior Living)
Posted By Marcia Siegal

Horitculture provides therapy

By Marcia Z. Siegal

Flowers bloom year-round at the Cathedral Village continuing care retirement community in Roxborough. And for many residents, joy blossoms with the tomatoes, herbs, cacti and other plants they help to cultivate.

Posted By Christine Hoffman

Aging Research & Issues: November 13-17, 2017

Posted By Christine Hoffman

Aging Research & Issues: Nov. 6-10, 2017

Posted By Marcia Siegal

Opioid addiction in senior population is rising

Opioid addiction seems to have launched a stealth attack on seniors. Falls and forgetfulness, which are possible signs of addiction, may masquerade as normal issues of aging. Family and friends of an addicted person may chalk up the individual’s more negligent grooming and housekeeping to the decreased energy of advanced age. And a senior with an addiction may be seen as simply following the doctor’s orders by repeatedly refilling a prescription for pain medication.

Posted By Christine Hoffman

Aging Research & Issues: Oct. 30-Nov. 3, 2017

  • When Did Old Age Stop Being Depressing? Depression Trajectories of Older Americans and Britons 2002–2012.  Gindo Tampubolon, M.S., Ph.D., Asri Maharani, M.D., Ph.D.  American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, November 2017, Volume 25, Issue 11, Pages 1187–1195.  Open access.  The trajectories of depression of older cohorts, particularly those of the prewar cohorts in both countries and the war cohort in England, followed a U-shape. Conversely, the trajectories of depression of the younger cohort, particularly those of the postwar cohorts in both countries and the war cohort in the United States, took an inverted U-shape.
  • Evacuating People and Their Pets: Older Floridians’ Need for and Proximity to Pet-Friendly Shelters.  Rachel Douglas MS PhD, Ayberk Kocatepe PhD, Anne E Barrett PhD, Eren Erman Ozguven PhD, Clayton Gumber, MS, PhD.  The Journals of Gerontology: Series B, gbx119.  Advance article.   Published: October  4, 2017.  High pet shelter need coupled with low availability exacerbates older adults’ heightened vulnerability during Florida’s hurricane season.
Posted By Christine Hoffman

Aging Research & Issues: October 23-27, 2017

  • Caregiver Stressors and Depressive Symptoms among Older Husbands and Wives in the United States.  Min Hee Kim, Ruth E. Dunkle, Amanda J. Lehning, Huei-Wern Shen, Sheila Feld & Angela K. Perone.  Journal of Women & Aging, Volume 29, 2017 – Issue 6, Pages 494-504.  Published online: September 27, 2016.  To illuminate strategies for reducing the higher distress experienced by wife caregivers engaged in personal care assistance, further studies are needed incorporating couples’ relational dynamics and gendered experiences in personal care.
  • Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease: Lessons Learned and Applied.   James E. Galvin MD, MPH.  Special Article – Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Volume 65, Issue 10, October 2017, Pages 2128–2133.  First published:  August 2, 2017.  Dementia may be a disorder that develops over a lifetime, with individualized ways to build a better brain as we age.
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