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Aging Research: Study Finds Indoor and Outdoor Fall are Different for the Elderly

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[08/09/2010] The risk factors for indoor/outdoor falls for older adults are different, according to a new study. A fact that is often missed when the two are combined and may affect how falls prevention programs are structured. Aging Research: Study Finds Indoor and Outdoor Fall are Different for the Elderly - Read more

Brain Exercises: May Slow Cognitive Decline But Speed Up Dementia Later

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[02/09/2010] New research shows that mentally stimulating activities such as crossword puzzles, reading and listening to the radio may, at first, slow the decline of thinking skills but speed up dementia later in old age. Brain Exercises: May Slow Cognitive Decline But Speed Up Dementia Later - Read more

Older Adults: Experience Destination Amnesia

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[31/08/2010] I'm sure I told you that already! – Older adults are more likely to have destination memory failures – forgetting who they've shared or not shared information with, according to a new study led by Baycrest's Rotman Research Institute. Older Adults: Experience Destination Amnesia - Read more

Parkinson’s Medication: New Findings on Troubling Side Effects

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[20/07/2010] One in every 100 elderly people suffers from Parkinson’s disease. The standard medication used to treat Parkinson’s is Levodopa, a drug that initially has major benefits but can later also produce serious side effects. Parkinson’s Medication: New Findings on Troubling Side Effects - Read more

Older People: Age Doesn't Necessarily Affect Decision-making

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[02/07/2010] Many people believe that getting older means losing a mental edge, leading to poor decision-making. But a new study from North Carolina State University shows that when it comes to making intuitive decisions – using your "gut instincts" – older adults fare as well as their juniors.Older People: Age Doesn't Necessarily Affect Decision-making - Read more

Dementia: Education helps

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[02/06/2010] Researchers have discovered that education not only delays the early symptoms of dementia, but can also slow down the development of the disease – a finding that could result in faster diagnosis and treatment of dementia.Dementia: Education helps - Read more

Living Wills: Poor Predictors of Treatment Preferences

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[21/05/2010] Living wills often do not represent a patient's actual treatment preferences when faced with real end-of-life circumstances and should be redesigned to guide more realistic advance decision-making, according to a new study.Living Wills: Poor Predictors of Treatment Preferences - Read more

Seniors: Intentional Weight Loss Is Not Harmful

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[05/05/2010] A new study refutes the widely held belief that intentional weight loss in older adults leads to increased risk of death.Seniors: Intentional Weight Loss Is Not Harmful - Read more

Elderly: Knee Replacement Improves Balance

[19/03/2010] Total knee replacement (TKR) relieves pain and improves function in patients with advanced knee arthritis, according to a study. The surgery also significantly improves dynamic balance among elderly patients.Elderly: Knee Replacement Improves Balance - Read more

Ageing: Feeling Lonely Increases Blood Pressure

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[18/03/2010] Chronic feelings of loneliness take a toll on blood pressure over time, causing a marked increase after four years, according to a new study.Ageing: Feeling Lonely Increases Blood Pressure - Read more