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5/27/2016 – To Stay in their Communities, Seniors First Need A Place To Live

May 27, 2016 Comments Off

Sometimes, you just have to say what is crashingly obvious. And when it comes to older adults aging at home, here it is: If seniors are going to avoid a nursing home, they need a safe, affordable alternative. Without one, they may die prematurely. And even if they live, they will almost surely need institutional […]

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4/20/2016 – Getting People to Move More

Apr 20, 2016 Comments Off

Since the release of the first National Physical Activity Plan, by an alliance that includes the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Department of Health and Human Services, physical activity levels in the United States have barely budged, and for many people, they have declined. According to […]

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4/9/2016 – Stanford Challenges Young Designers To Help Older Adults

Apr 10, 2016 Comments Off

A contest held this week at Stanford University can change the way we live in the future. The competition rewards students for designing stuff that can benefit older adults. Read the full article at National Public Radio (NPR).

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4/4/2016 – New Push to Keep Seniors in Home, Community-Based Programs

Apr 04, 2016 Comments Off

The federal government is pushing states to keep more low-income seniors out of nursing homes and, instead, enroll them in home and community-based programs. The shift comes as demand for long-term care is rising. By 2050, the number of people older than 85 is expected to triple to more than 18 million. These seniors tend […]

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3/30/2016 – Exercise Makes Our Muscles Work Better With Age

Mar 30, 2016 Comments Off

To keep our muscles healthy deep into retirement, we may need to start working out more now, according to a new study of world-class octogenarian athletes. The study found substantial differences at a cellular level between the athletes’ muscles and those of less active people. Read the full article at The New York Times.

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3/29/2016 – Sitting Increases the Risk of Dying Early

Mar 29, 2016 Comments Off

Sitting too much may increase the risk of dying prematurely, while replacing sitting time with just standing or moderate physical activity could counteract the effect. Read the full article at The New York Times.

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3/25/2016 – A twist on the genetic link between Alzheimer’s and heart disease

Mar 25, 2016 Comments Off

Many people don’t realize that Alzheimer’s and heart disease share a genetic link: the apolipoprotein E gene, also known as ApoE. Genetic testing for ApoE — which is done mainly in research settings and isn’t yet widely available — cannot predict whether a person will develop Alzheimer’s disease, only whether they may be more likely […]

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3/23/2016 – Burning calories tied to higher brain volume for elderly

Mar 23, 2016 Comments Off

Older people who expend more energy on physical activity each week tend to have more gray matter in their brains than less active peers, according to a recent U.S. study. Read the full article at Reuters.

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3/23/2016 – Exercise may slow down the brain’s aging by 10 years

Mar 23, 2016 Comments Off

Physical activity has countless health benefits, including helping to keep the mind sharp. Now new research reveals just how much of an impact exercise can have on brain health as we age. Read the full article at CBS News.

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3/18/2016 – Trend means U.S. women live longer, but face years of disability

Mar 18, 2016 Comments Off

In a reversal of a long-standing pattern, a new study shows that older American women have lost ground relative to older men in the number of years they can expect to live free from disabilities past age 65. Read the full article at Futurity.

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