Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Researchers performed a pilot study to investigate the physiological mechanisms of tai chi on brain and muscle function in an aging population. Tai chi is a moderate-intensity aerobic exercise that requires good concentration with breathing control. Previous studies have suggested that aerobic fitness has beneficial effects on neuronal
Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Published in BMJ Open, researchers discuss how anxiety as a predictor of cognitive deterioration in adults may be an independent risk factor dementia. Dementia is a progressively debilitating neurodegenerative condition. Early intervention and reducing its development by identifying its risk factors are the main goals in dementia treatment.
Our Reader Score [Total: 1 Average: 2] Frailty in older adults increases the risk of injury and death. In a recent study, researchers investigated if a diet with large amounts of added sugars is associated with an increased rate of frailty. Aging is often associated with a decrease in strength and mobility. This can make
Our Reader Score [Total: 0 Average: 0] Researchers summarized the effectiveness of pharmacological interventions used to prevent or delay cognitive decline or dementia in adults. Dementia is a disorder that affects an individual’s mental processes. It is characterized by memory disorders, changes in personality, and impaired reasoning. These can affect an individual’s independent daily activities.
Our Reader Score [Total: 2 Average: 4] Sleeping pills are commonly prescribed to treat insomnia. A recent study investigated if non-benzodiazepine sleeping pills increase the risk of falls and fractures in adults. Insomnia, or difficulty sleeping, can have a negative effect on an individual’s quality of life. Doctors commonly prescribe hypnotic drugs, commonly known as
A recent study investigated whether Parkinson’s disease affects intimacy and relationship satisfaction when the caregiver is a female spouse. Parkinson’s disease with mild cognitive impairment is a long-term neuro-degenerative disorder that mainly impacts the individual’s motor functions. Early symptoms include difficulty walking, shaking, rigidity, and slow movement. Between 20% and 50% of those with Parkinson’s
Older adults with reduced mobility and a slower walking speed may have a lower quality of life. A recent study investigated if having a low socioeconomic status was a risk factor for slower walking speed and health in older adults. Aging is associated with many health problems. Modern medicine has been very successful in extending
A recent study published in PLoS ONE evaluates whether rural health care is meeting the needs of older adults with lower socioeconomic status. As the average age of the population increases, dependence on the health care system also increases. The elderly population is highly dependent on health care services due to the deterioration of their
New research uses the study of epigenetics, the study of gene expression, to uncover a link between aging and gene expression in Alzheimer’s disease. Aging is the greatest risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease and is the most common cause of dementia in elderly people. Changes in specific genes may increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
A recent Finnish study published in BMC Geriatrics investigated if older adults with diabetes were more likely to suffer from chronic pain. Many older adults suffer from chronic pain. In addition to causing physical discomfort, chronic pain is associated with poor mobility and an increased risk of early death. Some studies have found that chronic
A recent comprehensive review on the use of fMRI sought to evaluate the robustness and effectiveness of this approach for studying Alzheimer’s patients. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common neurodegenerative disorder and is characterized by the gradual loss of cognitive abilities to the point of severe dementia. Due to the complex pathophysiology of the disease,
There is some research that indicates that, however unlikely it seems, poor oral health may contribute to the risk of falls. This question recently led researchers in Japan to investigate if poor oral health could in fact be associated with incident falls in the elderly. As the baby boomer population ages, incidental falls have increasingly