Older People

Meditating might help older people sleep

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LA Times

Even light activity may help the hearts of older people

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Reuters

Can virtual reality help treat anxiety in older people ?

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Université de Montréal

Multimorbidity—older adults need health care that can count past one

16th February 2015, The Lancet

The health-care needs of older people with multimorbidity, and the extent to which these needs are met, are sharp exemplars of the challenges faced by health-care systems across the world in the 21st century. The increase in longevity in developed and developing countries alike is a testament to the success of 20th-century medicine and economic and social development. Research, policy, and action have transformed our ability to prevent infant mortality, to prevent and treat infectious diseases, and to prevent and treat the great killers in midlife such as heart disease and cancer.

Prevalence of Reduced Muscle Strength in Older U.S. Adults: United States, 2011-2012

16th February 2015, NCHS Data Brief

Recently, the American NCHS published national estimates of muscle strength in older adults in the United States in 2011-2012, based on maximum hand grip strength. Weak muscle strength is clinically relevant, because of its associations with mobility impairment. The report shows that 5% of adults aged 60 and over had weak muscle strength, 13% had intermediate muscle strength, while 82% had normal muscle strength. The prevalence of reduced (weak and intermediate) muscle strength increased with age, while the prevalence of normal strength decreased with age.

All cause mortality and the case for age specific alcohol consumption guidelines

11th February 2015, British Medical Journal

A new study from University College London of people older than 50 largely examines the impact of alcohol across age groups. It finds that unless you're a woman over 65, alcohol consumption is unlikely to forestall your death. For these older women, they add, the health benefits of alcohol are not enormous, but drinkers were less likely to die during a follow-up period of between six and 10 years.

Forever Young(er): potential age-defying effects of long-term meditation on gray matter atrophy

11th February 2015, Frontiers in Psychology

It is the common perception that brain becomes older with age and our memory remains not so much sharp as in the early days of our life. But a new study suggests that taking the aid of meditation could be very helpful in preventing brain ageing.

New dietary strategies needed for ageing population
Age UK research highlights isolation in older population

Loneliness among older people increases health risks

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Irish Times

Research for Dementia and Home Design in Ireland from a Universal Design Approach

5th February 2015, National Disability Authority’s Centre for Excellence in Universal Design

New research published by the National Disability Authority’s Centre for Excellence in Universal Design (CEUD) recommends that by following the principles of universal design - combined with a collaborative approach to design - it is possible for people living with dementia, their families and carers, to live longer and happier lives in their own homes. Full report available at:- http://universaldesign.ie/Built-Environment/Housing/ 

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