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Research has shed light on the computer frustrations that plague older adults
A number of evolving social changes highlight the importance of making computer technology accessible and usable for older adults. For instance, older adults are using email increasingly to keep up their social contact with others and are using the Internet to look up health information. An innovative research study was conducted at the University of Alberta which analyzed the performance outcomes of older adults when being tested on the computer and Internet. (2007-03-16)

Caregiving factors may affect hospitalization risk among disabled older adults
Few studies have investigated the potential impact of caregivers and caregiver factors on older adults' likelihood of being hospitalized. A recent study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society has now provided some insights. (2020-09-23)

Back pain is common in highly active older adults
In a Journal of the American Geriatrics Society study, many well-functioning and highly active older adults experienced back pain, which was linked with poorer perceived and observed walking endurance. (2018-02-07)

Intergenerational program has benefits for children, older adults
In a time when children often live far from their grandparents and older adults tend to be isolated from others, special ways must be found for children and older adults to interact. A program through Kansas State University is designed to create bonds between children and older adults throughout the state of Kansas. And the evaluations of that program are showing that these interactions are valuable and meaningful to all involved. (2003-11-11)

Study examines aspirin and statin use among older Americans
An analysis published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society indicates that while adults aged 75 years and older do not benefit from taking aspirin to prevent cardiovascular disease, many do so on a regular basis. (2021-02-18)

Most older adults prefer to participate in medical decisions
Although most older Americans prefer to actively participate in making health care decisions, those with four or more chronic conditions are less likely to prefer active decision making. Researchers analyzed a random sample of 2,017 older adults who, with sample weights, represented approximately 33 million Medicare beneficiaries aged 65 and older. (2017-11-20)

UQ research finds aging is satisfying
University of Queensland research is turning conventional wisdom on its head when it comes to grumpy old men and women. (2008-06-15)

Prescription opioid and benzodiazepine misuse linked with suicidal thoughts
Misuse of prescription opioids or benzodiazepines (such as Xanax) was associated with suicidal ideation in a study of US older adults. (2018-10-17)

Intervention helps older adults prepare for emergencies
A University of Missouri researcher has found a way to help older adults who live independently better prepare for health emergencies. (2013-10-21)

Elder abuse is common around the world
A new global review reveals that elder abuse -- which includes psychological, physical, and sexual abuse; neglect; and financial exploitation -- is common among community-dwelling older adults and is especially prevalent among minority older adults (2015-06-15)

Medication-related harm in older adults is common, costly, and preventable
New research indicates that harm from medicines is common in older adults following hospital discharge, and it results in substantial use of healthcare resources. (2018-05-23)

Older adult falls lead to substantial medical costs
In 2015, the estimated medical costs attributable to both fatal and nonfatal falls in older US adults was approximately $50 billion. (2018-03-07)

For older adults, sense of control tied to feeling younger
A recent study finds that older adults feel younger when they feel that they have more control over their daily lives, regardless of stress or health concerns. However, stress and health -- not a sense of control -- play a significant role in how old younger adults feel. (2019-03-15)

Older adults less affected by sleep deprivation than younger adults during cognitive performance
According to a research abstract that will be presented on Wednesday, June 10, at SLEEP 2009, the 23rd Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, older adults are able to retain better cognitive functioning during sleep deprivation than young adults. (2009-06-10)

Study gauges humor by age
Depending on your age, you may or may not find certain types of humor funny, especially if it pokes fun at others. (2014-10-02)

Study finds rising rates of food insecurity among older adults
From 2007 to 2016, food insecurity -- or limited access to nutritious foods because of a lack of financial resources -- increased significantly from 5.5% to 12.4% among older US adults, and the increase was more pronounced among individuals with lower income. The findings come from a study published in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society. (2021-01-06)

Older adults with small social networks less likely to get cataract surgery
A new study by University of Michigan Kellogg Ey Center links familial relationships to the likelihood older adults will get needed cataract surgery -- a procedure with broad implications for health. (2018-03-09)

Training program may improve police officers' ability to help older adults
After participating in a training program in aging-related health, police officers anticipated having more empathy for and awareness of aging-related conditions, and greater ability to provide older adults with appropriate community referrals. (2017-05-03)

When older adults stop driving, they may experience health declines
In older adults, declining health is a major reason they stop driving. But when they stop driving, what impact does this have on their subsequent health and well-being? (2016-01-19)

Older adults have their own perspectives on sadness, loneliness and serenity
A new study by Rebecca Ready at UMass Amherst has found that older adults have different, more positive responses than young adults about feelings such as serenity, sadness and loneliness. Ready calls the findings 'highly clinically significant' because the information could help caregivers, psychotherapists and workers at assisted living facilities better understand the emotions of older people in their care. (2016-02-25)

Study identifies potential risk factors for cognitive decline in older adults
New findings published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society may eventually point to different strategies for preventing cognitive decline in different groups of older adults. (2020-02-05)

Predicting the quality of life for older adults
As a growing number of baby boomers retire, our society will have more older adults than ever before, so it is crucial to determine what predicts quality of life in older age. A joint study from the University of Alberta and University of Victoria, recently published in Research in Nursing & Health, has uncovered that there are predictors of quality of life for older adults. (2007-05-28)

U of T research shows anti-aging techniques not yet viewed as acceptable
Studies from the University of Toronto's psychology department show that people who use more invasive anti-aging methods such as Botox injections or surgery are viewed more negatively than those who use milder techniques such as sun-avoidance and facial creams and younger adults are more negative about using anti-aging methods than older adults. (2011-08-23)

Older drivers adapt their thinking to improve road hazard detection
A recent study finds older drivers adapt their responses in heavy traffic to better identify road hazards. (2017-09-26)

Study provides insights on links between childhood abuse and later depression
Results from an International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry study suggest that smaller social networks and feelings of loneliness might be important risk factors for late-life depression in older adults with a history of childhood abuse as well as with an earlier onset of depression. (2018-01-10)

Low blood pressure linked to high mortality in older adults
A large-scale study led by the University of Exeter analyzed 415,980 electronic medical records of older adults in England. People aged 75 or over with low blood pressure (below 130/80) had increased mortality rates in the follow-up, compared to those with normal blood pressure. This was especially pronounced in 'frail' individuals, who had 62% increased risk of death during the 10-year follow-up. (2020-03-06)

Think memory worsens with age? Then yours probably will
Thinking your memory will get worse as you get older may actually be a self-fulfilling prophecy. Researchers at North Carolina State University have found that senior citizens who think older people should perform poorly on tests of memory actually score much worse than seniors who do not buy in to negative stereotypes about aging and memory loss. (2009-04-21)

Program reduces social isolation among middle-aged and older adults
An existing service in the North West of England called Community Connectors, which enables adults to access social activities within their community, can help reduce loneliness and social isolation, according to an analysis published in Health & Social Care in the Community. (2020-12-09)

Men lacking a caregiver face a greater risk of being placed in a nursing home after stroke
A Journal of the American Geriatrics Society study found that in men aged 65 and older who survived an ischemic stroke, the lack of an available caregiver was associated with triple the risk of nursing home placement within five years. (2017-10-27)

How we create false memories: Assessing memory performance in older adults
A new study in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, published online Oct. 26 addresses the influence of age-related stereotypes on memory performance and memory errors in older adults. (2011-11-04)

'Biggest holes in the system'
Older adults living in very rural settings are less likely than those living closer to urban centers to receive available services in health, nutrition and transportation, according to a new study by a Washington State University scientist. (2020-08-24)

It's not just a kid thing: Fluoridated tap water benefits older adults even more
Gerardo Maupomé, of the Indiana University School of Dentistry, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, and colleagues report in a study published in the fall issue of the Journal of Public Health Dentistry that older adults benefit even more significantly from fluoridation than children. (2007-12-04)

One's ability to identify different smells may impact longevity
In a recent study of older adults, those with a reduced ability to identify certain odors had an increased risk of dying during an average follow-up of four years. (2015-06-03)

Study finds that most older adults are aware of medication risks
Most older adults are aware of medication risks, according to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. (2017-09-18)

Tobacco control policies linked to reduced smoking
Increases in tobacco taxes and smoke-free policies in European countries were significantly related with a reduction in smoking among older adults, according to a new Addiction study. (2019-03-14)

Study finds mental health needs of older adults substantially underserved
Individuals aged 65 and older are unlikely to receive needed mental health treatment in the United States, according to a recent national study by researchers at Texas A&M University. (2004-11-23)

Certain bone deficits may increase fracture risk in individuals with diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is associated with increased fracture risk despite normal or high bone mineral density. In a new study published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, modest deficits in cortical bone -- the dense outer surface of bone that forms a protective layer around the internal cavity -- were demonstrated in older adults with type 2 diabetes compared with non-diabetics. (2017-09-20)

Weight change and bone health in older adults with obesity
Weight loss in older adults is accompanied by loss in bone mineral density (BMD) and an increased risk of bone fracture. A new study published in Obesity found that loss of hip BMD persists in the year following a weight loss intervention among older adults with obesity, regardless of whether they regain weight. (2019-09-05)

Diet and exercise may improve physical function and quality of life in older obese adults
A recent review and analysis of published studies since 2005 found low-to-moderate evidence that dietary and exercise interventions can improve physical function and quality of life in older adults with obesity. (2016-10-20)

Age affects how we predict and respond to stress at home
A recent study finds that older adults are better than younger adults at anticipating stressful events at home -- but older adults are not as good at using those predictions to reduce the adverse impacts of the stress. (2018-04-19)

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