Seeing better can mean living longer because it helps people remain independent.
August 21, 2014 Older people whose visual acuity has slipped by just one letter on the eye chart are more likely to die sooner, researchers say. New glasses may be all it takes to maintain independence.
Malnourished seniors may be forgotten until they show up in the emergency room, often for another reason like an injury.
August 14, 2014 A study found that 60 percent of elderly patients who visited an emergency department in 2013 were malnourished. But doctors say it can be relatively easy to help seniors get the food they need.
One of the scariest parts of advanced macular degeneration can be losing the ability to read facial expressions.
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August 11, 2014 About 25 percent of people with macular degeneration in both eyes develop clinical depression. But developing strategies for staying engaged in passions and people may cut that risk by more than half.
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Patients who get the comforts of palliative care as well as disease treatment live longer, studies show, than those who only get treatment for the disease.
July 29, 2014 Medicare is trying a different approach in one experiment: Some hospice patients will still be able to get treatments aimed at prolonging life.
Lively is a sensor that can be attached to a pill box, keys or doors. It lets people know whether aging parents are taking their medicines or sticking to their routines.
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July 8, 2014 There's a growing market in technology to address health problems in older people. But young techies don't always know what their clients really need and want. Enter the focus group of Dad.
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Most older adults are overweight or obese, which increases the risk of chronic health problems.
July 1, 2014 There's good news and bad news about aging boomers, a Census Bureau report finds. They're drinking less and voting more, but they're also heavier, which could mean less independence later.
Women who have children later may live longer. But why?
June 28, 2014 There's mounting evidence that women who have children later in life are also more likely to make it to 95 or 100. But delaying childbearing just to live longer is not a good idea.
"Dance for PD" classes use music to temporarily ease tremors and get Parkinson's patients moving.
June 17, 2014 Scientists have evidence that beats in the brain — in the form of rhythmic electrical pulses — are involved in everything from memory to motion. And music can help when those rhythms go wrong.
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Hey bro, taking statins does not give you a free ride in the exercise department.
June 9, 2014 Millions of people are taking statins to reduce their cholesterol. But people on statins exercise less and sit more, a study finds. And that's a health risk for heart disease and many other ailments.
Oregon's experiment with end-of-life care is intended to keep frail elderly people out of the hospital if they don't wish it.
June 9, 2014 Most people don't want to die in the hospital hooked up to machines, but it can be hard to make those wishes known. A doctor's order with more force than an advance directive can help, a study finds.
Walking: so simple, yet difficult for many people as they age.
May 27, 2014 Nobody wants to spend their final years unable to walk, but that sad fate afflicts many people as they age. A little exercise helps a lot, especially if people can do it in social groups.
Klotho (right) is one of the three Greek Fates depicted in this Flemish tapestry at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
May 8, 2014 Scientists have found that a hormone associated with long life also seems to make people smarter. The gene strengthens the connections between brain cells, a process that's essential for learning.
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Just because surgery is possible doesn't mean it's a good idea, especially for frail older people.
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May 7, 2014 Half of all surgery in the U.S. is performed on people over 65, yet many have health conditions that make it riskier. It turns out that the frailer people are, the less likely they are tol survive.
Seniors who learned more difficult skills like digital photography and Photoshop showed the greatest improvement in memory.
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May 5, 2014 Brain training has become a multimillion-dollar industry. But if you want to improve your memory, don't waste your time and money on brain games. You'd be better off learning how to quilt.
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The longitudinal British study checked in with 8,000 families across 40 years to trace the trajectory of a bullied child.
April 19, 2014 From increased depression and suicidal thoughts to social isolation and lower socioeconomic status, the negative consequences of being bullied can last well into middle age, a large study suggests.
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