Articles tagged with: Research & Developments

Thinking Positively About Aging: Could It Be the Secret to Longevity?

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Positive thinking is a mental and emotional commitment to focusing on the bright side of life and fostering optimism. Sometimes, this mental attitude is used as a practice to get favorable results in return. Researchers have found connections between positive thinking and lower rates of depression, reduced levels of distress, better psychological and physical well-being and even greater resistance to the common cold. So, could thinking positively about aging influence longevity?

The Study: Self-Perception and Aging

In a community-based survey conducted by researcher Becca Levy and published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, … read more

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Seven Hiking Tips for Active Seniors

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Since June is National Great Outdoors Month, there’s no better time to get outside in the gorgeous weather and get some exercise. A study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found seniors who walk at least four hours a week reduce their risk of being hospitalized due to cardiovascular problems. And that’s just one perk.

There are many other health benefits: increased endurance, improved balance, a lower risk of heart disease, better blood pressure; you’ll even sleep better at night, have more energy during the day and improve your mood. So what are you waiting … read more

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Better Cognitive Performance in the Morning

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“The early bird catches the worm.” Apparently, this is as true for aging adults as it is for youngsters who hear it all the time. In a recent study coming out of the University of Oregon in Eugene, older adults are able to overcome distractions and perform more challenging cognitive tasks in the morning, researchers suggest.

When tested in the morning, a period when alertness appears to peak, seniors in the study group were able to activate the same brain regions that control focus and attention to levels that rivaled 19 to 30 year-olds. “The brain of an older adult … read more

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Mobility and Parkinson’s Disease

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Parkinson’s disease (PD) is officially classified as a movement disorder that causes problems with both controlling and initiating movement. Among the challenges someone living with PD faces is muscle rigidity, balance problems, shuffling gait, slowed movement, and an inability to control smooth muscle functions. The tremors and shaking we commonly associate with the disease are caused by this loss of control.

While there is unfortunately no cure for Parkinson’s disease, lifestyle changes, medication and adaptive equipment can help manage the symptoms.

Exercise is Critical to Managing Parkinson’s

Getting regular exercise is a vital component to maintaining balance, mobility and daily … read more

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Transfusions of Young Blood Could Treat Alzheimer’s

Posted by: The Bristal

You might want to file this one under “never would have believed it.” But yes, serious research has been conducted into what some are calling “vampire therapy” — where transfusions of young blood, according to scientists, could help find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.

As reported online in National Post, researchers found that young blood:

• Recharges the brain

• Forms new blood vessels

• Improves memory and learning

This is breakthrough research that could very well herald a new dawn in anti-aging treatments. In a parallel study that seems to confirm these findings, researchers at Harvard University discovered that a “youth protein” identified as “GDF11,” read more

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Exercise Can Help Fight Alzheimer’s Disease

Posted by: The Bristal

What if it were true that exercise could halt or diminish the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease?

Would you add it to your regimen? Would you encourage loved ones to do the same?

As reported by The Washington Post online, proof is steadily mounting that physical activity can help hold off the changes in the brain that are commonly associated with Alzheimer’s disease, and maybe even the debilitating symptoms themselves. The latest findings come from researchers at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. The study followed 317 late-middle aged adults and found that those who exercised five times … read more

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Women & Alzheimer’s: Are They Disproportionately Affected by the Disease?

Posted by: The Bristal

It is estimated that 500,000 Americans are affected each year due to some role that Alzheimer’s disease has played in their lives. That number was projected to grow beyond 700,000 as we now enter 2015. This has lead to a total of 5.1 million Americans currently confronting the disease today. Perhaps the only thing scarier than these findings is the suggestion that women are more frequently impacted. These figures come as a result of a recent study released by the Alzheimer’s Association and reported by USA Today online.

As revealed by the study, women are far more likely to develop … read more

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New Blood Test Could Detect Alzheimer’s Earlier

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An estimated half-million Americans each year are affected by Alzheimer’s, a degenerative brain disease that researchers believe is surpassed only by heart disease and cancer as the leading cause of death in the United States, according to recent studies. 5.1 million Americans are estimated to have Alzheimer’s disease, according to the National Institute on Aging, and in 2010, the average cost to care for an elderly person with dementia was projected at $41,000 to $56,000 annually. Furthermore, as we all sadly know, there is no known cure.

In the face of such dire statistics, it comes as no surprise that … read more

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Strawberries and Memory Care: The Unlikely Connection

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Yes, you read correctly: strawberries. According to recent research conducted by The Salk Institute for Biological Studies, a flavonol found in strawberries, mangoes, cucumber, and other fruits and vegetables, called fisetin, may just help protect the brain against Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and age-related memory loss. The Institute has been studying the potential for fisetin to protect brain health for more than a decade.

Here’s a summary of the study, whose findings were published in Aging Cell. Mice that had been genetically programmed to develop Alzheimer’s disease were given water that was supplemented with fisetin. These mice were compared with others who … read more

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Dementia and Alcohol: What’s the Connection?

Posted by: The Bristal

Caregivers of loved ones with Alzheimer’s Disease or dementia often ponder the possible connection between alcohol and memory loss. Does drinking hasten or lessen cognitive decline? Is it a question of drinking in excess or moderation? Does it matter what types of alcoholic beverages are consumed? Or is it just safer for folks facing memory decline to avoid consuming alcohol altogether?

There are many questions to consider, and these, above, are among the most obvious; however, significant research has been conducted on the subject that could help us navigate this important issue of Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and alcohol consumption.

First and … read more

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