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Released: 16-Nov-2005 11:10 AM EST
UMR Researcher Sets Sights on Improving Vision
Missouri University of Science and Technology

A University of Missouri-Rolla researcher has teamed up with a St. Louis ophthalmologist to help those who suffer from cataracts by studying the elasticity of lenses.

Released: 14-Nov-2005 7:35 PM EST
Medicare Confusion Begins: Few Seniors May Sign Up for Drug Plan
Saint Louis University Medical Center

Relatively few senior adults likely will pick a new Medicare prescription drug plan because the choices are confusing and overwhelming, predicts a Saint Louis University health economist.

Released: 3-Nov-2005 9:00 AM EST
Survey Reveals Older Americans’ Attitudes Toward Sleep, Healthy Aging
Ketchum PR, NYC

Sleepless older adults, many of whom are caregivers, stay awake with worry but shy away from prescription sleep medications. Furthermore, older adults have concerns about taking prescription sleep medications including addiction, next-day grogginess and long-term side effects.

Released: 3-Nov-2005 8:00 AM EST
Seniors: It’s Never Too Late to Stop Smoking
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Many seniors are making the difficult decision to kick the habit, one that some have had since they were teenagers. They do it for their health and the health of their loved ones, and many are finding success with the help of a support group at the U-M Health System designed specifically for senior smokers.

Released: 24-Oct-2005 9:10 AM EDT
Findings of New Gallup Survey on Sleep in Older Adults to Be Released
Ketchum PR, NYC

Sleeplessness affects too many Americans "“ and it doesn't go away as we age. Results of a new survey being revealed at the International Longevity Center's Sleep and Healthy Aging Scientific Consensus Conference will shed new light on what's keeping older adults awake at night and the lengths they're going to in order to cope.

Released: 20-Oct-2005 12:30 PM EDT
Defining an Aging Baby Boom Generation
University of Maryland, College Park

Baby boomers may be heading for retirement, but Professor Laura Wilson, who directs the Center on Aging at the University of Maryland, says boomers have no interest in slowing down.

Released: 29-Aug-2005 9:00 AM EDT
Coaching for Workplace Success
IOS Press

Jennifer Wright will directly address the problems baby boom woman experience at work and will present practical solutions for middle aged women that have to juggle their lives.

Released: 16-Aug-2005 4:15 PM EDT
Students Live in Retirement Center to Better Understand Aging Issues
Purdue University

If graduate students are going to study issues facing older adults, then the average 20- to 30-year-old has a lot to gain from living in a retirement center, says a Purdue University gerontology expert.

Released: 1-Aug-2005 2:50 PM EDT
Vegetarians, Elderly Should Be Sure to Get Enough Vitamin B12
Harvard Health Letter

These days, most health warnings about vitamins focus on the danger of overdose. For vitamin B12, though, it's more likely that people are getting too little. In fact, B12 deficiency is the most common nutritional deficiency in the developing world and possibly in the United States as well.

Released: 28-Jul-2005 12:00 AM EDT
Baby Boomers Put the Hurt on the Health Care System
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

The oldest of the Baby Boomer generation will turn 60 this fall, and unlike their predecessors, they aren't afraid to visit the doctor. In fact, their interest in staying healthy coupled with their sheer numbers are taxing the health care system more than any group in history.

Released: 8-Jul-2005 2:40 PM EDT
Well-Fitting Shoes Protect Aging Feet
Mayo Clinic

If style is the main objective when you select shoes, your feet may suffer, especially as you age.

Released: 5-Jul-2005 12:00 PM EDT
Maryland Expert Says Baby Boomers Aren't Ready for Retirement
University of Maryland, College Park

Just what is it that Baby Boomers want? Is this much-talked-about generation ready for retirement? Boomer expert and University of Maryland Emerita Professor Nancy Schlossberg has some surprising answers.

Released: 8-Jun-2005 8:55 AM EDT
Summit Will Focus on Baby Boomer Marketplace
Santa Clara University

Representatives from the White House Conference on Aging, Silicon Valley venture capitalists, and market leaders come to June 21 event.

Released: 25-May-2005 4:30 PM EDT
Link Found Between Senior Shoppers, Competitive Prescription Prices
Montana State University

A Montana State University survey in 13 Montana communities showed that pharmacies appear to price prescription drugs more competitively when they have many senior citizens as customers.

Released: 31-Mar-2005 12:00 AM EST
Seniors: Not Ready to Slow Down?
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

While senior athletes are taking gyms and sports arenas across America by storm with the mentality and ambition of athletes half their age, their aging shoulders, knees and muscles may be paying the ultimate price.

22-Mar-2005 5:20 PM EST
Noise Improves Balance
IEEE Spectrum Magazine

Engineers are generally trained to remove noise from electronics, but at Boston University and Afferent Corp., they are adding it to help the elderly stay on their feet.

Released: 11-Mar-2005 11:20 AM EST
Exercising When You’re Older
Mayo Clinic

No matter how well you take care of yourself, it's not realistic to think your body can do at 65 what it did at 45 or even 55. That doesn't mean you should reduce physical activities. It does mean you'll need to modify your expectations.

Released: 11-Mar-2005 11:20 AM EST
Tips to Avoid Falls at Home
Mayo Clinic

In the United States, about 30,000 people die each year as a result of injuries at home. Falls are responsible for about one-third of home injury fatalities. Older adults are often more susceptible to falling because of a decline in mobility and balance.

Released: 8-Mar-2005 3:40 PM EST
Tips for Having Elderly Guests to Dinner During Spring Holiday Celebrations

As if holiday menus weren't difficult enough to plan, the special diet of your elderly loved ones can make meal preparations even more challenging -- especially when your family's favorite foods might now compromise their health.

Released: 1-Mar-2005 1:30 PM EST
Textbook Details the Economics of Aging
Cornell University

Cornell University professor Richard V. Burkhauser has co-authored "Economics of an Aging Society." It covers income, well-being, economics of retirement and old age, retirement policies, pension plans, social security, health and long-term care for older persons.

Released: 25-Feb-2005 11:00 AM EST
Program to Take Psychiatric Services to Frail Elderly in Their Homes
Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist

A groundbreaking outreach program for frail elderly who need psychiatric services in their homes "“ believed to be the first of its kind in the United States "“ is being launched by Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.

Released: 14-Jan-2005 4:00 PM EST
Elderly Mobility
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Three UAB researchers helped the Bush administration formulate important policy decisions on mobility and transportation issues for the elderly by participating in the 2005 White House Conference on Aging, held in Washington, D.C., Jan. 8.

Released: 13-Dec-2004 1:00 PM EST
Baby Boomers Look to Alma Mater as They Face Challenges in Retirement Years
Barnard College

Baby boomers are looking to their alma mater as an important resource to both recharge and reconnect as they prepare for new challenges during retirement, including mentoring opportunities and career retraining, according to a survey.

Released: 4-Nov-2004 12:30 PM EST
Seniors, Assess Your Driving Before Hanging Up the Keys
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

For many, the thought of hanging up the car keys might feel like an end to independence. But when the fatality rate per mile driven for older drivers is nine times higher than the rate for drivers aged 25 to 69 years, it becomes a problem that we cannot ignore.

Released: 22-Oct-2004 10:30 AM EDT
Folding Commode-Shower Wheelchair Can Dramatically Improve Lives
Medical College of Wisconsin

A new folding, commode-shower wheelchair developed by Milwaukee and Tampa VA researchers, addresses a clear need of the more than 200,000 people with spinal cord injuries and other individuals with disabilities in the United States.

Released: 5-Oct-2004 4:30 PM EDT
Seeking Seniors to Share What They've Learned from Life
Cornell University

The Cornell Institute for Translational Research on Aging is looking for people over 60 years who are willing to share what life has taught them for posting on the World Wide Web, and has established a web site on which people 60 and over can pass on the wisdom they've gained over the years.

Released: 15-Sep-2004 4:40 PM EDT
Caring for Those Who Cared for Us When Disaster Strikes
Saint Louis University Medical Center

Saint Louis University examines how to protect our frail elders in case of a natural disaster or terror attack.

Released: 15-Sep-2004 3:40 PM EDT
On Marrying Past 30: “Not a Princess, but Still a Bride”
Adrian College

Many women are choosing to marry for the first time after age 30. In a new collection of essays, women who have done so muse on their motives and their outcomes. And their experiences are overwhelmingly positive.

Released: 14-Sep-2004 12:00 PM EDT
Pfizer Journal (defunct)

With new advances in healthcare and technology, life expectancy and the number of people over the age of 65 continues to rise. In a few short years, more than twenty-five percent of the developed world will be over the age of 65.

Released: 23-Jun-2004 6:20 AM EDT
Report Examines the Secrets of Longevity Genes
International Longevity Center

Current research indicates that genes account for approximately 30 percent of longevity in humans which means that healthy habits play a large role in determining lifespan but good genes do help and the question now is how.

Released: 14-Jun-2004 6:40 AM EDT
Depression, Dementia Can be Confused: Accurate Diagnosis Important
Menninger Clinic

Follow-up story to President Reagan's death: what families need to know about similarities in symptoms of early Alzheimer's disease and symptoms of serious depression in the elderly, as well as importance of diagnosis and treatment.

Released: 30-Mar-2004 6:10 PM EST
Technology Assists When Memory Falters
University of Michigan

Software under development eventually could power computerized caregivers---nurses' aides of the future---to remind the elderly or people with brain trauma to perform tasks, and even help them navigate their surroundings.

Released: 18-Mar-2004 4:50 PM EST
As Obesity Epidemic Peaks, Our Grandparents Are Starving to Death
Saint Louis University Medical Center

Weight loss in the elderly can lead to death and must be taken seriously, says a doctor.

Released: 15-Mar-2004 4:50 PM EST
A Friendly Reminder: Creators to Demonstrate Robot at Conference
University of Michigan College of Engineering

Creators will demonstrate an artificial-intelligence robot designed to assist the elderly, and a handheld reminder device, during the Future of Aging Services Conference on Tuesday, March 16, in Washington, D.C.

Released: 1-Mar-2004 9:50 AM EST
Check On The Elderly When It’s Cold
University of Alabama at Birmingham

When it's cold, it is important to check on the elderly because aging issues like mental acuity and mobility problems could affect how older people adapt to a colder environment.

Released: 19-Feb-2004 3:40 PM EST
Living Choices Need New Terms for Aging Baby Boomers
University of Florida

Nursing home and assisted living are yesterday's news "“ at least as far as baby boomers are concerned. For that still-youth-conscious group, think "DOUERs," "PERCs," and "elder parks."