Aging & Wellness

Greater Life Expectancy in the United States Also Associated with More Quality Years of Life
, Aging & Wellness, Demographic Influences, Health & Wellness

Life expectancy has been steadily increasing in the United States, but it has been unclear how this longer life span impacts quality of life for…

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New Brain Scanning Methods Show Cognitive Benefits of Drinking Cocoa
, Aging & Wellness, Health & Wellness

A recent study in the journal¬†Neurology¬†provides some exciting evidence on potential cognitive benefits of drinking cocoa. The study of 60 older adults showed that cocoa…

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Trait, Behavioral & Mental Health Influences on Cognitive Functioning
, Aging & Social Factors, Aging & Wellness, Health & Wellness

Decreases in cognitive functioning are a major concern for the elderly and their caregivers, and many studies have investigated factors that may contribute to or…

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Group Meetings Versus Home Visits
, Aging & Social Factors, Aging & Wellness, Health & Wellness, Operational Resources, Senior Housing

In a study comparing interventions designed to prevent loss of independence in activities of daily living among adults age 80 or better, Swedish researchers found…

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Early Neural Predictor of Cognitive Impairment
, Aging & Social Factors, Aging & Wellness, Health & Wellness

Early neural predictors of cognitive impairment are important both for determining the biological causes of dementia and for identifying individuals at high risk for cognitive…

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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Family Caregivers
, Aging & Social Factors, Aging & Wellness, Health & Wellness

Providing care for a family member with dementia exerts a great deal of strain on a caregiver, and caregiving has been linked to a number…

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Gait Speed & Subsequent Cognitive Decline
, Aging & Wellness, Health & Wellness

Gait (or walking) speed has been repeatedly associated with cognitive health in cross-sectional studies (studies that collect data at one point in time). Walking requires…

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Understanding Sleep Problems
, Aging & Wellness, Health & Wellness

Insomnia and related sleep complaints are highly prevalent among older adults, leading to mood and cognitive problems and a reduced overall quality of life. Sleep…

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Exercise Promotes Healthy Cognitive Aging through the Hippocampus
, Aging & Wellness, Health & Wellness

Physical exercise appears to be a promising strategy to improve or maintain cognitive function, because research suggests it may enhance learning and memory among older…

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Reminders of Age Stereotypes Have Mixed Effects on Cognitive Performance
, Aging & Wellness, Health & Wellness

Stereotypes harm groups and individuals in many ways. Aside from mistreatment by others who hold negative stereotypes, members of stereotyped groups are also internally affected…

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Mather LifeWays Announces Whole-Person Wellness Survey Results
, Aging & Wellness, Health & Wellness

Results of a recent survey of continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) reveal that these organizations are providing robust wellness programs for resident and staffs. The…

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Mental Activities Appear to Benefit Cognitive Aging
, Aging & Wellness, Health & Wellness

Older adults who take part in mentally stimulating activities appear more likely to avoid or delay significant cognitive decline, but the relationship between activity and…

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