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4-Jun-2020 8:50 AM EDT
Early-life Education Improves Memory in Old Age – Especially for Women
Georgetown University Medical Center

Education appears to protect older adults, especially women, against memory loss, according to a study by investigators at Georgetown University Medical Center, published in the journal Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition.

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Newswise: One in six medications prescribed to older people 
causing more harm than good
Released: 3-Jun-2020 5:05 AM EDT
One in six medications prescribed to older people causing more harm than good
University of South Australia

Millions of people around the world over the age of 70 are taking at least one medication every day that is causing them more harm than good, leading to falls, confusion, hospitalisation and even death.

Newswise: Pre-COVID-19 poll of older adults hints at potential impact of pandemic on their eating habits
29-May-2020 10:45 AM EDT
Pre-COVID-19 poll of older adults hints at potential impact of pandemic on their eating habits
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Most people in their 50s and older were capable home cooks just before COVID-19 struck America, but only 5% had ordered groceries online, according to a new national poll. The cooking skills that enabled half of older adults to eat dinner at home six or seven days a week may have served them well during the height of the pandemic, the poll suggests. However, they may need added support for grocery shopping as the pandemic continues and older adults seek to avoid COVID-19.

1-Jun-2020 10:25 AM EDT
Exercise Levels Can Help Doctors Predict Risk of Heart Disease and Death Among Older Adults
Mount Sinai Health System

Asking elderly patients how much they exercise can help predict their risk of heart disease and death, Mount Sinai and collaborative researchers say.

Newswise: Research News Tip Sheet: Story Ideas From Johns Hopkins
Released: 28-May-2020 12:50 PM EDT
Research News Tip Sheet: Story Ideas From Johns Hopkins
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 Tuesday throughout the duration of the outbreak.

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Released: 28-May-2020 8:30 AM EDT
Robotic Cats Are ‘Purr-fect’ Companions for Seniors Isolated Due to COVID-19
Florida Atlantic University

Researchers provide the “purr-fect” solution to comfort and engage older adults with Alzheimer’s disease and other related dementias (ADRD) during the pandemic – interactive robotic cats. Designed to respond to motion, touch and sound, these robotic pets offer an alternative to traditional pet therapy. Robotic pets are usually given to people with ADRD, but data has shown that using them to decrease social isolation for older adults is highly successful.

Released: 27-May-2020 4:40 PM EDT
Age, gender and culture 'predict loneliness'
University of Exeter

Young people, men and people in "individualistic" societies report higher levels of loneliness, according to a large-scale global study.

Released: 26-May-2020 7:30 PM EDT
Dementia gene raises risk of severe COVID-19
University of Exeter

Having a faulty gene linked to dementia doubles the risk of developing severe COVID-19, according to a large-scale study.

Newswise: Social isolation linked to more severe COVID-19 outbreaks
20-May-2020 10:05 AM EDT
Social isolation linked to more severe COVID-19 outbreaks
PLOS

Regions of Italy with higher family fragmentation and a high number of residential nursing homes experienced the highest rate of COVID-19 infections in people over age 80, according to a new study published May 21, 2020 in the open-access journal PLOS ONE by Giuseppe Liotta of the University of Rome, Italy, and colleagues.

Newswise: Weekly Tip Sheet: Research News from Johns Hopkins Medicine NOT Related to COVID-19
Released: 21-May-2020 11:30 AM EDT
Weekly Tip Sheet: Research News from Johns Hopkins Medicine NOT Related to COVID-19
Johns Hopkins Medicine

Tip sheet with latest Johns Hopkins research news NOT related to COVID-19. Stories: more women & seniors needed in cholesterol drug trials, improving medical care quality for homebound seniors & 2020 JHM Science Writers Boot Camp goes virtual.

Newswise: $5 Million Grant from Oprah Winfrey Accelerates Rush and City’s COVID-19 Prevention Efforts on West, South Sides
Released: 20-May-2020 4:55 PM EDT
$5 Million Grant from Oprah Winfrey Accelerates Rush and City’s COVID-19 Prevention Efforts on West, South Sides
Rush University Medical Center

Oprah Winfrey Charitable Foundation has donated $5M to accelerate Rush and West Side United-led efforts to help West Side neighborhoods prevent and battle COVID-19

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Released: 18-May-2020 12:45 PM EDT
Study finds that aging neurons accumulate DNA damage
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

MIT neuroscientists have discovered that an enzyme called HDAC1 is critical for repairing age-related DNA damage to genes involved in memory and other cognitive functions.

Released: 15-May-2020 12:05 PM EDT
Why have nursing homes been hit harder by the coronavirus, and should you remove your relative?
University of Michigan

ANN ARBOR—Nursing home residents and workers account for about one-third of COVID-19 deaths in the United States, so far, according to media reports.Sheria Robinson-Lane, a gerontologist and assistant professor at the University of Michigan School of Nursing, is an expert in palliative and long-term care and nursing administration.

Released: 15-May-2020 11:05 AM EDT
New Study Finds Nutritional Supplement Jubilance Relieves PMS Mood Symptoms
Terra Biological LLC

Jubilance, containing Oxaloacetate (OAA), shown to improve PMS anxiety and gloominess by more than 50% in peer-reviewed clinical trial

Released: 14-May-2020 3:40 PM EDT
Coronavirus outbreak trending topics - See the Coronavirus Channel
Newswise

Research and experts on the symptoms and spread of COVID-19, impact on global trade and financial markets, public health response, search for an effective treatment, and more

Newswise: Pandemic disrupting social networks that are key to older adults' well-being
Released: 14-May-2020 9:30 AM EDT
Pandemic disrupting social networks that are key to older adults' well-being
Indiana University

Having a strong social network of friends and family can have a positive impact on people’s emotional and physical well-being, particularly for those 65 and older. IU researchers are now studying how the pandemic has disrupted those social connections for older adults.

Released: 12-May-2020 1:50 PM EDT
Vitamin D determines severity in COVID-19 so government advice needs to change
Trinity College Dublin

Vitamin D - a factor determining severity in COVID-19: Scottish, Welsh, English governments change recommendations

Newswise: COVID-19: Don't Stop Taking Your Medications
Released: 12-May-2020 10:05 AM EDT
COVID-19: Don't Stop Taking Your Medications
Cedars-Sinai

With the pandemic disrupting our everyday lives, routine errands have become challenging for seniors and others who run a high-risk of developing a serious COVID-19 infection. But there's one routine they should not let lapse: refilling medications.

Newswise: Even before COVID-19, many adults over 50 lacked stable food supply and didn’t use available assistance, poll finds
6-May-2020 2:15 PM EDT
Even before COVID-19, many adults over 50 lacked stable food supply and didn’t use available assistance, poll finds
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Even before the coronavirus pandemic wreaked havoc with the nation’s food supply and economy, one in seven adults between the ages of 50 and 80 already had trouble getting enough food because of cost or other issues, a new poll finds.

Newswise: New Data-Driven Approach for Communities At Risk for Severe COVID-19 Outcomes
Released: 8-May-2020 12:00 PM EDT
New Data-Driven Approach for Communities At Risk for Severe COVID-19 Outcomes
LifeBridge Health

A Maryland Taskforce on Vulnerable Populations for COVID-19 this week began implementing a data-driven approach to identifying communities and individuals at highest risk for severe outcomes from COVID-19. They are using this data and mapping to guide the deployment of outreach and resources to vulnerable populations including homeless, elderly living in congregate dwellings and those with limited healthcare access. This is a unique approach to battling COVID-19 that could be adopted nationally.

Released: 7-May-2020 10:05 AM EDT
Rutgers researchers develop tool to predict self-neglect in older Chinese adults
Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research at Rutgers University

Researchers at the Rutgers Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research have developed a new assessment tool that could help predict whether older Chinese adults will experience self-neglect.

29-Apr-2020 1:40 PM EDT
A New Approach to Measuring Inequalities in Development
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

A new study for the first time systematically explored and compared the use of the Human Life Indicator as a viable alternative to the conventional Human Development Index.

27-Apr-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Older Men with Sarcopenia Are More Likely to Develop Diabetes Over Time
Endocrine Society

Older men who have lower lean body mass as they age are more prone to developing diabetes, while similar findings were not found in older women, according to a new study published in Journal of the Endocrine Society.

Newswise: Research News Tip Sheet: Story Ideas From Johns Hopkins
Released: 30-Apr-2020 8:00 AM EDT
Research News Tip Sheet: Story Ideas From Johns Hopkins
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 Tuesday throughout the duration of the outbreak.

Released: 29-Apr-2020 1:45 PM EDT
The Pandemic’s Impact on Older Adults
Washington University in St. Louis

The global pandemic has severely impacted every American, but maybe none more than older people. COVID-19 has placed a high-intensity spotlight on the deleterious effects of deep-seated ageism, sexism and racism on older Americans, suggests a new paper from the Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging at Washington University in St.

Newswise: More Than Half of Older Adults in the U.S. Have Experienced Disruptions in Care Due to Coronavirus
Released: 29-Apr-2020 10:05 AM EDT
More Than Half of Older Adults in the U.S. Have Experienced Disruptions in Care Due to Coronavirus
McCabe Message Partners

Amidst fears about managing their chronic conditions, survey conducted by NORC at the University of Chicago shows Americans age 70 and older are utilizing telehealth

Newswise: Caring for West Virginia’s aging populations
Released: 28-Apr-2020 10:30 AM EDT
Caring for West Virginia’s aging populations
West Virginia University - Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

With senior citizens making up nearly 20% of West Virginia’s population, one WVU student has committed her career to helping them transition from skilled nursing facilities back into the community.

Released: 27-Apr-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Reducing Early Brain Inflammation Could Slow Alzheimer’s Progression
Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)

In a new animal study examining Alzheimer’s disease, researchers found that disease progression could be slowed by decreasing neuroinflammation in the brain before memory problems and cognitive impairment were apparent.

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Released: 24-Apr-2020 3:05 PM EDT
A Silent Epidemic
Harvard Medical School

After years of progress, geriatrician Sharon Inouye worries that hard-won best practices for reducing delirium risk are getting lost in the turmoil of COVID-19 care.

Released: 24-Apr-2020 8:35 AM EDT
Nursing Homes Prepared for Pandemics, but COVID-19 Reveals Gaps
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

New data suggests that Michigan nursing homes that responded to a survey were far better prepared for this pandemic than they were for the last one. The study includes responses from 130 nursing homes to a survey performed during the week the state announced its first documented case of COVID-19.

Newswise: Move it or lose it: Sitting around while avoiding COVID-19 creates other health risks, warns exercise researcher
Released: 23-Apr-2020 10:55 AM EDT
Move it or lose it: Sitting around while avoiding COVID-19 creates other health risks, warns exercise researcher
McMaster University

Prolonged pandemic-related isolation, physical distancing and workplace closures are leading a McMaster University researcher to raise concern over the health impacts of inactivity.

Newswise: NEI researchers link age-related DNA modifications to susceptibility to eye disease
20-Apr-2020 12:05 PM EDT
NEI researchers link age-related DNA modifications to susceptibility to eye disease
NIH, National Eye Institute (NEI)

National Eye Institute (NEI) researchers profiling epigenomic changes in light-sensing mouse photoreceptors have a clearer picture of how age-related eye diseases may be linked to age-related changes in the regulation of gene expression. The findings, published online April 21 in Cell Reports, suggest that the epigenome could be targeted as a therapeutic strategy to prevent leading causes of vision loss, such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

Released: 21-Apr-2020 10:05 AM EDT
Researchers develop real-time sleep and health monitor
University of Georgia

Smart sensing device can alert loved ones and caregivers to falls and other emergencies

Released: 20-Apr-2020 5:25 PM EDT
Why is COVID-19 mild for some, deadly for others?
Cornell University

Among the confounding aspects of the novel coronavirus is the wide range of disease severity patients experience. While a minority of COVID-19 patients require hospitalization, the effects of infection for these people are dramatic and in some cases life threatening.

Released: 17-Apr-2020 2:20 PM EDT
Dance with your grandma (not during COVID-19 of course)
Frontiers

Physical fitness and social connection can be difficult to maintain in old age. But new research published in Frontiers in Psychology shows that Dance Movement Therapy (DMT) may promote exercise, improve quality of life and deepen familial ties between grandparents and grandchildren.

Released: 16-Apr-2020 8:35 AM EDT
أظهرت الدراسة أن المتغيرات الجينية قد تزيد من قابلية تراكم بروتين داء الزهايمر تاو
Mayo Clinic

يُعدُّ بروتين تاو السام سمة بيولوجية أساسية في أدمغة الأشخاص المصابين بداء الزهايمر. ومع ذلك، فإن العوامل التي تجعل الناس عُرضة أو مقاومة لتراكم بروتين تاو ليست مفهومة تمامًا. أظهرت دراسة أولية أجرتها مايو كلينك (Mayo Clinic) أن متغيرات الحمض النووي الوراثيقد يأتي معها نمو ترسُّبات بروتين تاو لدى البالغين الأكبر سنًّا. سيُقدم البحث في الاجتماع السنوي رقم 72 للأكاديمية الأمريكية لطب الأعصاب في تورونتو في الفترة من 25 أبريل/نيسان إلى 1 مايو/أيار

Released: 16-Apr-2020 8:35 AM EDT
Estudo mostra que as variantes genéticas podem aumentar a suscetibilidade para acumular a proteína tau do Alzheimer
Mayo Clinic

A proteína tóxica tau é uma característica essencial biológica no cérebro de pessoas com a doença de Alzheimer. No entanto, os fatores que tornam as pessoas suscetíveis ou resistentes ao acúmulo de tau não são bem compreendidos.

Released: 16-Apr-2020 8:30 AM EDT
研究显示,基因变异可能会增加阿尔茨海默病蛋白tau累积的易感性
Mayo Clinic

有毒蛋白tau是阿尔茨海默病患者大脑中的一个关键生物学特征。然而,使人对tau累积产生易感性或抵抗性的因素目前尚未明确。Mayo Clinic的一项初步研究表明,遗传的DNA变异可能与老年人出现的tau累积有关。这项研究将在4月25日至5月1日在多伦多举行的美国神经病学学会第72届年会上公开发表。

Newswise: Caring for Those Most Vulnerable to COVID-19 Requires Vigilance
Released: 16-Apr-2020 8:30 AM EDT
Caring for Those Most Vulnerable to COVID-19 Requires Vigilance
Florida Atlantic University

Early reports suggest the case fatality rate for those over 80, which constitutes nearly half of nursing home residents, is more than 15 percent. In areas where there is a shortage of ICU beds and respirators, even the most carefully thought out ethical approaches to rationing these resources will place older patients at a lower priority. Nursing homes must be prepared to manage patients who have had or have COVID-19 infection.

Released: 16-Apr-2020 8:00 AM EDT
The American Academy of Home Care Medicine partners with Home Centered Care Institute and The National Home-Based Primary Care Learning Network in three-year, $1.6M grant awarded by The John A. Hartford Foundation
American Academy of Home Care Medicine

In the Fall of 2019, The John A. Hartford Foundation awarded a three-year, $1.6M grant entitled, Moving and Scaling Home-Based Primary Care Phase II: Quality, Training and Advocacy. The project aims to improve care for the more than two million older adults who are the “invisible homebound” with functional impairments and frailty. This phase builds on the success of the initial grant phase, with the same organizations leading three complementary grants. While each organization has its own unique deliverables, they continue to work in close collaboration to achieve the overall goal ─ increasing access to high quality, home-based primary care that leads to improved outcomes for both patients and caregivers.

Released: 14-Apr-2020 2:10 PM EDT
Physically active older veterans fall more, but hurt themselves less
University of Michigan

Active older veterans fall more often than their more sedentary peers who never served in the armed forces, but they're less likely to injure themselves when they do, says a University of Michigan researcher.

Newswise: COVID-19 Tip Sheet: Story Ideas From Johns Hopkins
Released: 14-Apr-2020 9:00 AM EDT
COVID-19 Tip Sheet: Story Ideas From Johns Hopkins
Johns Hopkins Medicine

The following are various story ideas regarding the COVID-19 illness. To interview Johns Hopkins experts on these topics or others, contact JHMedia@jhmi.edu.

9-Apr-2020 4:55 PM EDT
Diet May Help Preserve Cognitive Function
NIH, National Eye Institute (NEI)

According to a recent analysis of data from two major eye disease studies, adherence to the Mediterranean diet – high in vegetables, whole grains, fish, and olive oil – correlates with higher cognitive function.

Released: 9-Apr-2020 1:35 PM EDT
University of Kentucky Researcher Leads First Human Study of Drug Targeting Brain Inflammation
University of Kentucky

A study examining MW189 in healthy adult volunteers was performed by a collaborative team from the University of Kentucky, Duke University and Northwestern University. The work by Van Eldik and the rest of the team is substantial as it is the first time MW189 had been tested in humans.


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