Health and Wellness

Modifying Heart Health May Boost Brain Health
, Aging & Wellness

The American Heart Association has released an assessment tool called Life’s Simple 7 that focuses on modifiable health behaviors, which can be used to promote…

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How Levels of Engagement in Work, Volunteering & Caregiving Affect Well-Being
, Aging & Wellness, Caregiving

A recent study in The Gerontologist examined how psychological well-being is impacted by different types of engagement in productive activities, such as paid work, family…

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Does How You Retire Affect Your Satisfaction with Life?
, Aging & Wellness

There are a number of routes to retirement, both voluntary and involuntary, and involuntary retirement can be for either organizational or health reasons. Recently, researchers…

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Can Obesity Affect Brain Structure?
, Aging & Wellness

Obesity has been identified as a significant risk factor for neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s Disease in humans, and animal studies have shown obesity to…

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Research Reveals Many “Hidden” Positive Impacts of Caregiving
, Caregiving

A recent literature review suggests that the effects on caregiving on informal, unpaid caregivers need to be reappraised. Much of the literature on caregiving emphasizes…

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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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Using Self-Reports of Individuals with Dementia to Examine How the Experience of Dementia Affects Psychosocial Outcomes
, Operational Resources, Operations, Senior Housing

Most studies of the psychological and social outcomes associated with dementia have relied on reports given by caregivers and clinicians to describe the experiences of…

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Influences on Caregivers’ Self-Perceived Ability to Provide Individualized Care

Individualized care (also referred to as person-centered care, consumer-directed care, and self-directed care) takes into account resident individuality, includes resident participation in decision-making processes, and…

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Can a Virtual “Health Coach” Increase Physical Activity among Older Adults?
, Technology

In the United States and many other parts of the world, all age groups show levels of physical activity below that which is medically recommended.…

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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

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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