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7/5/2015 – Dementia and gender: Looking past age

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Nearly two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer’s disease are women, and now some scientists are questioning the long-held assumption that it’s just because they tend to live longer than men. Read the full article at The Philadelphia Inquirer.

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7/1/2015 – Older Athletes Have a Strikingly Young Fitness Age

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Older athletes can be much younger, physically, than they are in real life, according to a new study of participants in the coming Senior Olympics. The study found that the athletes’ fitness age is typically 20 years or more younger than their chronological age, providing a clear inspiration to the rest of us to get […]

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7/1/2015 – How to Talk About Dying

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“We still need to transform the cultural norm from not talking about how we want to live at the end of life to talking about it. The real work to close the gap is not just for doctors and patients. It’s for mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, families and friends. We have to bring […]

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6/29/2015 – Can Technology Ease The Burden Of Caring For People With Dementia?

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UCSF, along with the University of Nebraska Medical Center, is beginning a $10 million study funded by the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation. Researchers plan to develop a dementia “ecosystem,” which aims to reduce the cost of caring for the growing number of dementia patients and to ease the strain on caregivers. Read […]

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6/24/2015 – Study: Couples Aren’t Talking Enough About Retirement Plans

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Couples are worrying more about their retirement savings. Maybe they should start by figuring out how much they have saved in the first place. When asked how much in savings they collectively have, or how much their partner makes in income, many couples get the answer to basic questions wrong, according to a survey for […]

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6/24/2015 – Social Model Hospice Homes May Revolutionize End-of-Life Care in the U.S.

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The “social model” hospice home, an uncommon prototype for hospice care, may have great promise for resolving some future end-of-life issues in the U.S. The number of social model hospices in this country is currently small but growing at a steady pace as communities grapple with the question of how best to provide care for […]

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6/21/2015 – When should you take the car keys from an aging parent?

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It’s the conversation no adult child wants to have, the family dynamic few want to discuss publicly. But the pain pours out on an Alzheimer’s help line, where middle-aged sons and daughters call crying, afraid to tell mom or dad it’s time to stop driving, and equally afraid not to. Read the full article at […]

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6/19/2015 – At Home, Many Seniors Are Imprisoned by Their Independence

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Almost two million people over age 65, or nearly 6 percent of those Americans (excluding nursing home residents), rarely or never leave their homes, researchers recently reported in JAMA Internal Medicine. The homebound far outnumber the 1.4 million residents of nursing homes. Read the full article at The New York Times.

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6/19/2015 – Alzheimer’s Supplements Targeted by U.S. Senator

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Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri this week raised concerns about dietary supplements that claim to protect against dementia and Alzheimer’s disease and urged 15 major companies and retailers to explain why they sell dubious supplements. Read the full article at The New York Times.

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6/19/2015 – Bad neighborhoods linked to faster cellular aging

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Researchers showed that cells in the bodies of people who live in perceived bad areas age faster. Read the full article at UPI.

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