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Released: 6-May-2021 4:35 PM EDT
Feeling Younger Buffers Older Adults From Stress, Protects Against Health Decline
American Psychological Association (APA)

People who feel younger have a greater sense of well-being, better cognitive functioning, less inflammation, lower risk of hospitalization and even live longer than their older-feeling peers. A study published by the American Psychological Association suggests one potential reason for the link between subjective age and health: Feeling younger could help buffer middle-aged and older adults against the damaging effects of stress.

Released: 6-May-2021 4:20 PM EDT
How to Win Over Vaccine Skeptics: Live Expert Panel for May 20, 3pm ET
Newswise

How to Win Over Vaccine Skeptics: Live Expert Panel for May 20, 3pm ET

4-May-2021 11:00 AM EDT
New MRI Technique Can Detect Early Dysfunction of the Blood-Brain Barrier Associated With Small Vessel Disease
University of Kentucky

Collaborative research between the University of Kentucky (UK) and University of Southern California (USC) suggests that a noninvasive neuroimaging technique may index early-stage blood-brain barrier (BBB) dysfunction associated with small vessel disease (SVD).

Newswise: Depression in older adults undergoing hip fracture repair associated with delirium after surgery
Released: 4-May-2021 9:00 AM EDT
Depression in older adults undergoing hip fracture repair associated with delirium after surgery
Johns Hopkins Medicine

Screening for even mild depressive symptoms before hip fracture repair may be helpful in predicting which patients are at higher risk of developing delirium after emergency surgery, according to results of a new study by researchers from Johns Hopkins Medicine. The researchers say their findings also add to evidence that symptoms of depression and postoperative delirium may be an early indicator of Alzheimer’s disease, although those findings were not conclusive.

30-Apr-2021 7:00 AM EDT
Low macular pigment levels may be novel risk factor for glaucoma among older women
Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)

New research out of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, identified an inverse reaction between macular pigment levels and open-angle glaucoma in a 15-year follow-up cohort of older women participating in National Eye Institute (NEI) R01-funded Carotenoids in Age-Related Eye Disease Study 2 (CAREDS2) (2016 - 2019). The research is being presented at 2021 Annual Meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), which is being hosted virtually.

Newswise: Research News Tip Sheet: Story Ideas from Johns Hopkins Medicine
Released: 28-Apr-2021 11:00 AM 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.

Newswise: Pandemic worsened many older adults’ mental health and sleep, poll finds, but long-term resilience also seen
28-Apr-2021 10:35 AM EDT
Pandemic worsened many older adults’ mental health and sleep, poll finds, but long-term resilience also seen
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Nearly one in five older adults say their mental health has gotten worse since the pandemic began in March 2020, and an equal percentage say their sleep has suffered in that time too. More than 1 in 4 say they’re more anxious or worried than before the COVID-19 era, according to a new poll of people age 50 to 80.

Newswise: Older adults use social media to compensate for fewer in-person interactions, UAH study says
Released: 28-Apr-2021 10:10 AM EDT
Older adults use social media to compensate for fewer in-person interactions, UAH study says
University of Alabama Huntsville

A lack of in-person interactions is a primary driver for older people to use social media, according to a first of its kind study of older users by a researcher at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH), a part of the University of Alabama System.

Released: 20-Apr-2021 2:25 PM EDT
Study Links Delirium to Hospitalized Older Adults with Acute Heart Failure Mortality
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

A possible link between delirium and mortality in hospitalized older adults with acute heart failure exacerbation has been found by researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).

Released: 20-Apr-2021 10:50 AM EDT
New Study Connects Late-Career Job Loss and Genetic Predisposition to Weight Fluctuation, Health Risks
University of Wisconsin-Madison

You can probably guess that losing a job late in life affects your finances and your mental health. But did you know that it can also affect your weight?

20-Apr-2021 9:00 AM EDT
Why Older People Should Chill When It’s Hot Out
Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)

Taking a break from extreme heat, by visiting a cooling center for example, could help our cells protect themselves from damage, according to preliminary findings from a new study. The research, which focused on older people, suggests temporarily cooling down on a hot day helps cells maintain autophagy, a process cells use to rid themselves of dangerous protein buildups caused by stressors like extreme heat.

Newswise: Palisades Medical Center COVID-19 Vaccine Efforts Support Community Health
Released: 14-Apr-2021 4:20 PM EDT
Palisades Medical Center COVID-19 Vaccine Efforts Support Community Health
Hackensack Meridian Health

Radames and Ana Arocho were all smiles when they arrived on the white school bus, and their enthusiasm was contagious.

Newswise:Video Embedded convenience-over-reputation-study-looks-at-how-older-adults-pick-a-doctor
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12-Apr-2021 11:05 AM EDT
Convenience over reputation: Study looks at how older adults pick a doctor
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Online ratings and reviews abound, and many have checked them, so providers and policymakers should pay attention.

Newswise: New Mechanism Identified Behind Blindness in Older Adults, University of Maryland School of Medicine Study Suggests
12-Apr-2021 8:00 AM EDT
New Mechanism Identified Behind Blindness in Older Adults, University of Maryland School of Medicine Study Suggests
University of Maryland School of Medicine

Using laboratory-grown roundworms as well as human and mouse eye tissue, University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) researchers have identified a new potential mechanism for age-related macular degeneration—the leading cause of blindness among older adults.

1-Apr-2021 3:30 PM EDT
Poll: Despite pandemic, less than half of older adults have formally recorded what they want if they get seriously ill
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

As the toll of COVID-19 continues to climb, newly released poll data suggest an opportunity to use the pandemic as a prompt for discussing and documenting older adults’ wishes for their care, if they get seriously ill or injured for any reason.

Released: 31-Mar-2021 12:30 PM EDT
Study Identifies Risk Factors for COVID-19 Infection, Hospitalization, and Mortality Among U.S. Nursing Home Residents
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Risks of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus infection for long-stay nursing home residents were mainly dependent on factors in their nursing homes and surrounding communities.

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Released: 24-Mar-2021 4:45 PM EDT
During the first wave of coronavirus pandemic older adults left home mainly for physical activity
Jyvaskylan Yliopisto (University of Jyvaeskylae)

In spring 2020, when the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic hit Finland, older adults drastically reduced their out-of-home activities.

Newswise: Exercise Boosts Blood Flow to The Brain, Study Finds
Released: 23-Mar-2021 9:00 AM EDT
Exercise Boosts Blood Flow to The Brain, Study Finds
UT Southwestern Medical Center

DALLAS – March 23, 2021 – It’s not just your legs and heart that get a workout when you walk briskly; exercise affects your brain as well. A new study by researchers at UT Southwestern shows that when older adults with mild memory loss followed an exercise program for a year, the blood flow to their brains increased. The results were published online today in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.

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Released: 22-Mar-2021 8:35 AM EDT
One in 10 older adults have gotten a “pandemic pet,” poll finds
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

A lot of the attention around “pandemic pets” has focused on families with children, but a new poll shows that older adults also got in on the trend. According to the National Poll on Healthy Aging, 10% of all people between the ages of 50 and 80 got a new pet between March 2020 and January 2021.

Released: 19-Mar-2021 12:05 PM EDT
Nearly two-thirds of middle-aged and older adults in Canada report adverse childhood experiences
McMaster University

The study used data collected from 44,817 participants enrolled in the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA), a large, national population-based study of health and aging. The participants completed questionnaires about adverse childhood experiences through telephone and face-to-face interviews between 2015 and 2018.

Released: 18-Mar-2021 12:05 PM EDT
The Lancet: Study finds COVID-19 reinfections are rare, more common for those above age 65
Lancet

Prior infection with COVID-19 protects most people against reinfection, with 0.65% of patients returning a positive PCR test twice during Denmark's first and second waves, compared with 3.27% of people who tested positive after initially being negative.

15-Mar-2021 9:00 AM EDT
Nearly one-third of older thyroid patients take medications that interfere with thyroid function tests
Endocrine Society

Nearly one-third of adults age 65 and older who take thyroid hormone also take medications that are known to interfere with thyroid function tests, according to a study presented virtually at ENDO 2021, the Endocrine Society’s annual meeting.

Released: 16-Mar-2021 7:00 AM EDT
Study: 94% of older adults prescribed drugs that raise risk of falling
University at Buffalo

The study found that the percentage of adults 65 and older who were prescribed a fall- risk-increasing drug climbed to 94% in 2017, a significant leap from 57% in 1999. The research also revealed that the rate of death caused by falls in older adults more than doubled during the same time period.

Newswise: Big shift seen in high-risk older adults’ attitudes toward COVID-19 vaccination
Released: 9-Mar-2021 12:55 PM EST
Big shift seen in high-risk older adults’ attitudes toward COVID-19 vaccination
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Last fall, many older adults were on the fence about getting a COVID-19 vaccine, according to a poll taken in October. But a new poll taken in late January shows a large uptick in positive attitudes, including among people over 50 who are Black, Hispanic or in fair or poor health.

4-Mar-2021 5:10 PM EST
A Trio That Could Spell Trouble: Many with Dementia Take Risky Combinations of Medicines
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

People over 65 shouldn’t take three or more medicines that act on their brain and nervous system, experts strongly warn, because the drugs can interact and raise the risk of everything from falls to overdoses to memory issues. But a new study finds that 1 in 7 people with dementia who live outside nursing homes are taking at least three of these drugs.

Newswise: LifeBridge Health Launches Mobile Van to Provide Vulnerable Communities Access to COVID-19 Testing, Senior and Pediatric Care
Released: 8-Mar-2021 4:15 PM EST
LifeBridge Health Launches Mobile Van to Provide Vulnerable Communities Access to COVID-19 Testing, Senior and Pediatric Care
LifeBridge Health

LifeBridge Health recently announced the launch of its “Care Happens Here” mobile unit, which will bring a wide range of healthcare testing and treatment services, including COVID-19 vaccinations, to vulnerable communities throughout central Maryland.

Released: 8-Mar-2021 4:05 PM EST
Study finds racial disparities in COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes
University of Chicago Medical Center

Nursing homes with the largest proportions of non-White residents experience 3.3 times more COVID-19 deaths than do nursing homes with the largest proportions of White residents, according to a new study from the University of Chicago.

Newswise: Research News Tip Sheet: Story Ideas from Johns Hopkins Medicine
Released: 3-Mar-2021 12:05 PM EST
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.

Newswise: Most older adults haven’t gotten checked for hearing loss, with women less likely than men to be screened or tested
25-Feb-2021 8:05 AM EST
Most older adults haven’t gotten checked for hearing loss, with women less likely than men to be screened or tested
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

Eighty percent of Americans over 50 say their primary care doctor hasn’t asked about their hearing in the past two years, and nearly as many haven’t had their hearing checked by a professional in that same time, according to a new national poll report.

26-Feb-2021 12:30 PM EST
Geriatric Emergency Departments Associated with Lower Medicare Expenditures
Northwestern Medicine

As the U.S. population ages, more hospitals are implementing geriatric emergency department (GED) programs with specialized staff focused on transitional care for older adults. A new study finds that providing specialized geriatric emergency care results in lower Medicare expenditures up to $3,200 per beneficiary.

Released: 26-Feb-2021 11:00 AM EST
American College of Surgeons verifies first hospital that meets its standardized quality criteria for geriatric surgery
American College of Surgeons (ACS)

The American College of Surgeons Geriatric Surgery Verification Program (ACS GSV) has announced that Unity Hospital, Rochester, N.Y., has achieved Level 1—Comprehensive Excellence verification status, which recognizes its commitment to providing optimal care for its older adult surgical patients by meeting the GSV’s program standards.

Released: 24-Feb-2021 11:40 AM EST
Older women who ate more plant protein had lower risk of premature, dementia-related death
American Heart Association (AHA)

Postmenopausal women who ate high levels of plant protein had lower risks of premature death, cardiovascular disease and dementia-related death compared with women who ate less plant proteins, according to new research published today in the Journal of the American Heart Association, an open access journal of the American Heart Association.

Newswise: Government of Canada invests in first-of-its-kind research study on the health impacts of inactivity
Released: 24-Feb-2021 9:30 AM EST
Government of Canada invests in first-of-its-kind research study on the health impacts of inactivity
Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

Today, the Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health, and the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, announced an investment of $3.34 million in research to understand the health impacts of extended periods of inactivity and the effectiveness of preventative measures to mitigate the impact of inactivity on our health. This investment will support eight teams of researchers whose data collection will begin in spring 2021.

Newswise: Older people often incorrectly assume medicines don’t have potential side effects
Released: 23-Feb-2021 5:05 PM EST
Older people often incorrectly assume medicines don’t have potential side effects
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

When physicians failed to verbally provide information about potential side effects, older people incorrectly assumed that about 55% of their prescribed medications had none. When they did provide the information, patients incorrectly assumed there were no side effects for 22% of the medications.

Released: 23-Feb-2021 4:35 PM EST
You’ve Got to Move It, Move It
University of California San Diego Health

Research from Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science at UC San Diego suggests that light-intensity physical activity, including shopping or a casual walk, may protect against mobility disability in older women.

Released: 22-Feb-2021 11:45 AM EST
Good sleep is just what doctor ordered
University of Washington School of Medicine

In a study released Feb. 22 in JAMA Internal Medicine researchers found that six 20-minute telephone calls over eight weeks coaching participants on how to get better sleep improved their sleep, pain, and daytime function. The improvements in sleep and daytime function persisted 12 months after treatment. One of the lead investigators who has been researching age and sleeping for 40 years offers great tips on getting better sleep. Just because you are aging, does NOT mean your sleep needs to get worse.

Released: 22-Feb-2021 11:20 AM EST
Effective treatment for insomnia delivered in a few short phone calls
University of Washington

In a statewide study of adults over 60 with osteoarthritis, researchers found that effective treatment for insomnia can be delivered in a few short phone calls.

Newswise: Older adults and antibiotics: Study shows healthy attitudes but unhealthy practices
Released: 18-Feb-2021 8:05 AM EST
Older adults and antibiotics: Study shows healthy attitudes but unhealthy practices
Michigan Medicine - University of Michigan

While most adults over 50 understand that overuse of antibiotics is a problem, and say they’re cautious about taking the drugs, a sizable minority have used antibiotics for something other than their original purpose, and appear to think the drugs could help treat colds, which are caused by viruses not bacteria.

Released: 17-Feb-2021 2:30 PM EST
Researchers ID blood protein that sheds light on common, post-operative complication
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

In a new study led by an interdisciplinary team of gerontologists, geriatricians, precision medicine experts, and bioinformaticians at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), researchers identified a single protein present in the blood that is associated with increased risk of post-operative delirium.

Newswise: Helping older adults exercise during pandemic
Released: 11-Feb-2021 1:05 PM EST
Helping older adults exercise during pandemic
South Dakota State University

Students leading an exercise class for older adults put together take-home kits, including a DVD and tools, to keep them on track during the pandemic.

4-Feb-2021 5:00 PM EST
Study Finds Fewer Older People Are Having Strokes
American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

A new study has found that people age 70 and older are having fewer strokes, and fewer people of all ages are dying from the disease. The study, which examined the population of Denmark, is published in the February 10, 2021, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Released: 9-Feb-2021 10:25 AM EST
Elderly patients with esophageal cancers do not always get optimal therapy due to perceived risks of their age
American College of Surgeons (ACS)

Elderly patients (70 years and over) with locally advanced esophageal (E) and esophagogastric junction (EGJ) cancer (located in the stomach and esophagus) should be considered for optimal therapy that has the potential to cure. This therapy regimen includes initial chemoradiotherapy (NACR) and surgical resection, an operation that removes the cancerous part of the organ.

Newswise: Case Western Reserve University-Led Team Finds That People with Dementia at Higher Risk for COVID-19
28-Jan-2021 9:25 AM EST
Case Western Reserve University-Led Team Finds That People with Dementia at Higher Risk for COVID-19
Case Western Reserve University

A study led by Case Western Reserve University researchers found that patients with dementia were at a significantly increased risk for COVID-19—and the risk was higher still for African Americans with dementia.

Released: 8-Feb-2021 12:55 PM EST
Cannabis Reduces Blood Pressure in Older Adults, According to Researchers
American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

A new discovery by researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and its affiliated Soroka University Medical Center shows that medical cannabis may reduce blood pressure in older adults.


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