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Released: 20-Sep-2021 2:45 PM EDT
Using internet in retirement boosts cognitive function -- new research
Lancaster University

Using the internet during your retirement years can boost your cognitive function, a new study has found.

Released: 13-Sep-2021 4:20 PM EDT
Turning 65 means a lot for Americans’ wallets, health spending study finds
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Lowering the age when older adults can enroll in Medicare might save them a lot of money, even if the age drops only a year or two from the current age of 65, a new study suggests. Such a change could especially affect the small percentage of people in their early 60s who spend a major chunk of their disposable income on health costs.

Released: 10-Sep-2021 2:40 PM EDT
UM School of Medicine Study Finds Social Isolation Increases Risk of Death in Seniors Following Critical Illness
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Those Admitted to the ICU for Care Are at Significantly Greater Risk of Dying if They Have Little Social Support

Newswise: Helping people save for health costs: Poll finds tax-free accounts used less by those who may need them most
7-Sep-2021 5:55 PM EDT
Helping people save for health costs: Poll finds tax-free accounts used less by those who may need them most
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Most older adults are not using tax-advantaged savings accounts to save for future health expenses, a new poll of people age 50 to 80 suggests, and those who do are more likely to have high incomes and education levels, and to be in good health and under Medicare eligibility age.

Released: 7-Sep-2021 1:35 PM EDT
Spotlight on Malnutrition Month 2021: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Addresses Condition that Affects Many Hospitalized Seniors
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

During September, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Spotlight on Malnutrition Month 2021 will highlight initiatives that enable registered dietitian nutritionists and other health care providers help alleviate a condition that affects many seniors, especially those in hospitals and long-term care facilities.

Released: 7-Sep-2021 11:05 AM EDT
Older Patients Benefit from Cancer Immunotherapies
Johns Hopkins Medicine

A retrospective analysis of large datasets of biomarkers from tumors and healthy tissue by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center Convergence Institute suggests that older cancer patients could benefit as much as younger patients from cancer immunotherapies.

31-Aug-2021 7:30 AM EDT
Fall-prevention program can help reduce harmful in-home falls by nearly 40%
Washington University in St. Louis

New research from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis suggests that in-home falls can be reduced by nearly 40% with a community-based program that helps older adults make modifications to their homes to prevent such mishaps.

Released: 31-Aug-2021 8:30 AM EDT
Older Adults Need More Than Clichés Like ‘Exercise is Good for You’ to Stay Active
Florida Atlantic University

More than 80 percent of adults get the recommended 150 minutes of moderate intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity per week. Moreover, 40 percent of Americans 75 and older are entirely inactive. Little is known about factors associated with increasing, sustaining, or declining physical activity levels over time. A study explored what drives older adults from diverse backgrounds to start or sustain physical activity and what stops them. The bottom line: knowledge and old clichés alone aren’t enough to keep them moving.

Released: 31-Aug-2021 3:05 AM EDT
Study shows risk of prolonged opioid use in older, opioid-naïve patient populations following hip fracture surgery
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)

A new study presented at the 2021 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) found there is a notable risk of prolonged opioid use in older patient populations following musculoskeletal injury.

Released: 30-Aug-2021 4:30 PM EDT
Eating walnuts daily lowered bad cholesterol and may reduce cardiovascular disease risk
American Heart Association (AHA)

Eating about ½ cup of walnuts every day for two years modestly lowered levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, known as “bad cholesterol,” and reduced the number of total LDL particles and small LDL particles in healthy, older adults, according to new research published today in the American Heart Association’s flagship journal Circulation.

Released: 26-Aug-2021 9:10 AM EDT
University of Kentucky Study: Healthy Dietary Intake Associated With Lower Brain Iron, Better Cognition in Older Adults
University of Kentucky

Research conducted at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine suggests that higher intake of specific nutrients is associated with lower brain iron concentration and better cognitive performance in older adults.

Released: 24-Aug-2021 11:00 AM EDT
Faculty Receives National Institutes of Health Grant to Assess the Implications of Opioid Use Among Older Adults Living with HIV
Rutgers School of Public Health

Rutgers School of Public Health assistant professor, Stephanie Shiau, has received a Career Development Award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, part of the National Institutes of Health, to study the implications of opioid prescription use among older adults living with HIV.

19-Aug-2021 1:05 PM EDT
Mount Sinai Researchers Report Troubling Increase in Homebound Older Adults, Especially Blacks and Hispanics, During Pandemic
Mount Sinai Health System

In a study to be published this coming Monday, August 23, at 11 am Eastern (please note embargo) in JAMA Internal Medicine, Mount Sinai researchers discuss a troubling rise in homebound older adults that underlines the inequality of the pandemic.

Released: 19-Aug-2021 3:55 PM EDT
Mentally stimulating jobs linked to lower risk of dementia in old age

People with mentally stimulating jobs have a lower risk of dementia in old age than those with non-stimulating jobs, finds a study published by The BMJ today.

Released: 19-Aug-2021 3:00 PM EDT
VIDEO AND TRANSCRIPT AVAILABLE: Breakthrough Cases and COVID Boosters: Live Expert Panel for August 18, 2021

Expert Q&A: Do breakthrough cases mean we will soon need COVID boosters? The extremely contagious Delta variant continues to spread, prompting mask mandates, proof of vaccination, and other measures. Media invited to ask the experts about these and related topics.

Released: 19-Aug-2021 2:10 PM EDT
Mercy Medical Center Utilizes Single-Dose Breast Cancer Radiotherapy for Older Americans
Mercy Medical Center

This National Senior Citizens Day, Sat., August 21st, Mercy Medical Center is emphasizing Intraoperative Radiation Therapy (IORT), a single dose of targeted radiation delivered from inside the breast while the patient remains asleep immediately following the removal of the tumor.

Released: 18-Aug-2021 11:35 AM EDT
Study: Older Patients with Chronic Conditions Benefit From Reading Medical Appointment Notes
Beth Israel Lahey Health

A study conducted by clinician-researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) found older patients with chronic conditions and their caregivers can benefit from accessing their medical appointment notes.

Released: 17-Aug-2021 1:45 PM EDT
Elder abuse impacts over 10% of older adults in NY
Cornell University

More than 1 in 10 older adults in New York state may become victims of elder mistreatment over the next decade, according to a new study from Cornell University and the University of Toronto.

Released: 17-Aug-2021 8:35 AM EDT
The Great Outdoors: Citizen Science puts healthy ageing on the map
University of South Australia

A spot of sunshine, a love of nature, and a desire to make a difference – it’s a simple combination, but together, these three elements could be key to improving physical activity, health, and wellbeing of older South Australians.

Released: 12-Aug-2021 2:55 PM EDT
How Can Nursing Homes Protect Residents From Infection? Follow the Research
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Researchers who have worked for nearly two decades on the previously unglamorous topic of nursing home infection prevention say the spotlight shone because of COVID-19 could accelerate efforts to reduce transmission of all types of microbes.

Released: 10-Aug-2021 8:00 AM EDT
Mount Sinai Receives NCI Grant to Study Anal Cancer Screening in High-Risk Women
Mount Sinai Health System

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai has been awarded a grant of more than $4 million by the National Cancer Institute for a large-scale study to evaluate anal cancer screening in high-risk women who have been previously diagnosed with human papillomavirus (HPV) infection.

Released: 5-Aug-2021 1:45 PM EDT
When Provided Personalized Health Resources, Patients Often Share with Others
University of Chicago Medical Center

A survey of participants in a clinical trial for CommunityRx, a community resource referral intervention, found that nearly half of users reported sharing their personalized health resources with at least one other person.

Released: 4-Aug-2021 2:05 PM EDT
Older People Reluctant to Seek Help for Mental Health Concerns
Edith Cowan University

A new Edith Cowan University (ECU) study has found that more than 40 per cent of older Australians living with chronic disease would be unlikely to seek help for mental health conditions even if they needed it.

Released: 4-Aug-2021 1:50 PM EDT
Eating More Plant Foods May Lower Heart Disease Risk in Young Adults, Older Women
American Heart Association (AHA)

Eating more nutritious, plant-based foods is heart-healthy at any age, according to two research studies published today in the Journal of the American Heart Association, an open access journal of the American Heart Association.

Released: 4-Aug-2021 12:45 PM EDT
For Older LGBTQ+ Adults, Entering a Nursing Home Can Feel Like Coming out All Over Again

A research team at Rush University Medical Center set out to find out how older LGBTQ+ adults felt in long-term care facilities and what guidelines were in place in these facilities to protect its residents.

28-Jul-2021 8:05 AM EDT
Pandemic May Have Increased Older Adults’ Fall Risk, Poll Suggests
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

The COVID-19 pandemic may have increased older adults’ risk of falling and injuring themselves, due to changes in physical activity, conditioning and mobility, a new national poll suggests.

30-Jul-2021 11:20 AM EDT
Lifestyle Adjustments Can Boost Vascular Health in Seniors with Obesity
Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist

Small lifestyle changes really can make a big difference in improving vascular health in older adults with obesity, according to a study conducted by researchers at Wake Forest School of Medicine.

Released: 28-Jul-2021 8:05 AM EDT
Study Suggests Need to Screen Older Adults for Mental Health Symptoms as Pandemic Continues
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

One in five older adults report worse mental health due to the pandemic, but the percentages were higher among certain groups, suggesting a need for targeted screening and follow-up.

Released: 27-Jul-2021 1:00 PM EDT
Lower-Wealth Volunteers Experience Greater Health Gains From Volunteering Than Wealthier Volunteers

Formal volunteering in later life is beneficial for both physical and psychological well-being.

Released: 16-Jul-2021 4:15 PM EDT
What Is Music to the Ears of Clinicians Looking After Older Surgical Adults?
Diseases of the Colon and Rectum Journal

This meta-analysis found enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) programs in elderly patients can improve the following outcomes: delirium, urinary tract infection, pain control, and mobilization. In addition, return of bowel function, overall morbidity, and length of stay were improved.

Released: 15-Jul-2021 12:25 PM EDT
Study Shows Diet Causes 84% Drop in Troublesome Menopausal Symptoms--Without Drugs
Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine

A new study, published by the North American Menopause Society in the journal Menopause, found a plant-based diet rich in soy reduces moderate-to-severe hot flashes by 84%, from nearly five per day to fewer than one per day.

Released: 6-Jul-2021 12:35 PM EDT
Vaccinated Seniors: Get Out and Have Fun!

Health experts have a new message for seniors, who they once cautioned to stay home and protect themselves against COVID-19: "As long as you are vaccinated, you can go out!" said Sonja Rosen, MD, chief of Geriatric Medicine at Cedars-Sinai.

Released: 6-Jul-2021 12:20 PM EDT
Colorectal Cancer Risk May Increase with Lower Exposure to UVB Light
UC San Diego Health

University of California San Diego School of Medicine researchers identified a possible link between inadequate exposure to ultraviolet-B (UVB) light from the sun and an increased risk of colorectal cancer.

Released: 6-Jul-2021 10:20 AM EDT
One Year of Aerobic Exercise Training May Reduce Risk of Alzheimer’s in Older Adults
American Physiological Society (APS)

New research suggests one year of moderate-to-vigorous intensity aerobic exercise training improved cardiorespiratory fitness, cerebral blood flow regulation, memory and executive function in people with mild cognitive impairment. The data suggest improvement in cerebrovascular function from exercise training also has the potential to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease in older adults.

Released: 1-Jul-2021 2:10 PM EDT
How Long Can a Person Live? The 21st Century May See a Record-Breaker
University of Washington

A new University of Washington study calculates the probability of living past age 110, which, though rare, likely will increase this century.

Released: 23-Jun-2021 1:55 PM EDT
UTHealth Expert Publishes Osteoporosis Guide to Help Family Medicine/Primary Care Physicians Care For Their Patients
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

An osteoporosis guide for primary care providers to better treat their patients has been published in the journal of Family Medicine by clinicians and researchers with The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).

Released: 23-Jun-2021 1:50 PM EDT
More Seniors May Have Undiagnosed Dementia Than Previously Thought
University of Michigan

Only 1 in 10 older adults in a large national survey who were found to have cognitive impairment consistent with dementia reported a formal medical diagnosis of the condition.

Released: 23-Jun-2021 1:20 PM EDT
Research News Tip Sheet: Story Ideas from Johns Hopkins Medicine
Johns Hopkins Medicine

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Johns Hopkins Medicine Media Relations is focused on disseminating current, accurate and useful information to the public via the media. As part of that effort, we are distributing our “COVID-19 Tip Sheet: Story Ideas from Johns Hopkins” every other Wednesday.

22-Jun-2021 8:00 AM EDT
Recycling of the Eye’s Light Sensors Is Faulty in Progressive Blindness of Older Adults
University of Maryland School of Medicine

With the National Eye Institute reporting that about 11 million older adults in the U.S. endure a condition that leads to progressive blindness, known as age-related macular degeneration, University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) researchers are starting to understand what goes wrong in the disease, in order to develop new therapies to treat it.

Released: 18-Jun-2021 8:00 AM EDT
Personalized Medicine, Not X-rays, Should Guide Common Forearm Fracture Treatments in Older Adults
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

A decade-long study of distal radius fracture in older adults revealed that personalized medicine catering to a patient’s individual needs and environment, not age or X-rays, should guide treatment options. The federally funded study is the most collaborative, intense effort to try and answer a 200-year puzzle about how to treat one of the most common fractures in older adults.

Released: 18-Jun-2021 7:05 AM EDT
One-third of older Americans delayed health care over COVID concerns
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Nearly one in three Americans between the ages of 50 and 80 put off an in-person appointment for medical care in 2020 because they were worried about exposure to the novel coronavirus, new national poll data show.

Released: 15-Jun-2021 11:00 AM EDT
NORC at the University of Chicago and AARP Launch Foresight 50+, the Largest High-Quality Survey Panel of Older Adults
Foresight 50+

NORC at the University of Chicago and AARP launched Foresight 50+, a new survey panel available to organizations looking for insights from older adults living in the United States.

Released: 10-Jun-2021 10:25 AM EDT
Memory Biomarkers Confirm Aerobic Exercise Helps Cognitive Function in Older Adults
Florida Atlantic University

Until now, systemic biomarkers to measure exercise effects on brain function and that link to relevant metabolic responses were lacking. A study shows a memory biomarker, myokine Cathepsin B (CTSB), increased in older adults following a 26-week structured aerobic exercise training. The positive association between CTSB and cognition, and the substantial modulation of lipid metabolites implicated in dementia, support the beneficial effects of exercise training on brain function and brain health in asymptomatic individuals at risk for Alzheimer’s.

Released: 7-Jun-2021 2:40 PM EDT
Guided digital skills training enhances older people's digital skills and social relations
University of Eastern Finland

Older people need digital skills training to learn to use digital technology more independently, but they also seek digital training opportunities because of the social benefits they offer, according to a recent study from the University of Eastern Finland.

Released: 28-May-2021 2:05 PM EDT
Older Adults with Cerebral Palsy Need More, Receive Less Physical Therapy for Painful Conditions
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Older adults with cerebral palsy are more likely to experience debilitating pains of musculoskeletal conditions, but researchers found they receive significantly less physical therapy for those ailments. The lead author says the results, while staggering, support their hypothesis that people with CP receive inequitable health care.