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Beyond the “Go Kit”: Empowering Older Adults in Disasters

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Drawing on the lessons of Superstorm Sandy, a new report from The New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM), “Resilient Communities: Empowering Older Adults in Disasters and Daily Life,” presents an innovative set of recommendations to strengthen and connect formal and informal support systems to keep older adults safe during future disasters.

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Millions of Informal Caregivers at Risk for Chronic Pain, Injury Trying to Help Disabled Family Members

According to a recent report from AARP’s Public Policy Institute, unpaid, informal caregivers provide almost half a trillion dollars’ worth of support to individuals with disabilities each year. These caregivers - usually family members - often perform physically-demanding tasks with little or no training, which can result in muscle strains and chronic pain. With very little data on the physical impact of informal caregiving, new research is identifying which tasks caregivers say are the most physically demanding and where they experience the most body pain. Researchers are using the information to develop interventions to help keep caregivers and their loved ones safe and healthy.

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Vitamin D Deficiency Linked to Higher Risk of Cardiovascular and Cancer Death

Analysis of pooled data by Paolo Boffetta, MD, Director of the Institute for Translational Epidemiology and Associate Director for Population Sciences of the Tisch Cancer Institute at Mount Sinai, and collaborators showed a strong association between low vitamin D levels and risk of death in general death from cardiovascular diseases, death in from cancer, at least in older people with a history of cancer.

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Common Blood Pressure Medication May Pose Risk to Older Adults

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Adults over 65 who have recently begun thiazide diuretics are at a greater risk for developing metabolic-related adverse events, researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have found.

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Older Adults Feel Less Hip and Knee Pain When Moving to the Grooving

Dancing eases hip and knee pain and helps older adults move better, according to a Saint Louis University study.

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Why Aren’t Product Designers Considering Activity Trackers for Older Adults?

Product designers rarely consider those over 65 to be a viable user group for popular activity-monitoring technologies.

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Vitamin D with Calcium May Prevent Bone Fractures for High-Risk Seniors

For seniors over the age of 65, taking a daily supplement of vitamin D with calcium—but not vitamin D alone—can offer some protection against the risk of common bone fractures, according to an updated review from The Cochrane Library.

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UPDATE: Video Q and A with Lead Author of Study of Exercise's Benefits to Sedentary Seniors

Exercise changes the lives of inactive older adults, according to a major new study. Researchers will unveil the results of a study investigating how physical activity affects older adults. The multi-year study, the most comprehensive study of exercise and aging to date, spanned eight field centers and involved more than 1,600 participants. Newswise is offering reporters a behind-the-scenes look at the state of the research and the impact it might have on global public health by interacting with two leading scientists in the field of aging and exercise.

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Social Networks Linked to Better Health for Older Adults

Having regular positive interactions with family and friends and being involved in several different social networks can help older adults be healthier, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association.

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Balance Even More Important as We Age. Tips to Prevent Falls

Trips and falls can happen at all stages of life, but as we start to age they can become more numerous. Aging can magnify the impact of risk factors associated with falls and also brings up new and often less obvious factors that affect balance and stability. The causes of balance issues could come from a number of different sources, many that don’t have a seemingly direct connection to balance or falls.

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