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Modifying Heart Health May Boost Brain Health

The American Heart Association has released an assessment tool called Life’s Simple 7 that focuses on modifiable health behaviors, which can be used to promote cardiovascular health. Previously researchers have shown a relationship between cardiovascular problems and a greater risk of cognitive decline. In light of the earlier research, researchers wondered whether scores on Life’s...

How Levels of Engagement in Work, Volunteering & Caregiving Affect Well-Being

A recent study in The Gerontologist examined how psychological well-being is impacted by different types of engagement in productive activities, such as paid work, family caregiving, and volunteering. The study looked at this relationship for 330 adults in both middle and late life (ages 50 to 83, with an average age of 62), and examined what levels of engagement were associated with...

Does How You Retire Affect Your Satisfaction with Life?

There are a number of routes to retirement, both voluntary and involuntary, and involuntary retirement can be for either organizational or health reasons. Recently, researchers in Denmark examined the relationship between different types of retirement and retirees’ satisfaction with life. In their study of workers in Dutch multinational corporations and the Dutch government, they...

It’s Never Too Late: Even Late-Life Physical Activity Can Reduce Dementia Risk

The Finnish Cardiovascular Risk Factors, Aging and Dementia (CAIDE) study had previously found that leisure-time physical activity in midlife was related to lower dementia risk 20 years later. In a recent update to this study, researchers looked at the impact of leisure-time physical activity on dementia risk from mid- to late life, and at how body mass index (BMI), sex, and genetics...

Can Benefits of Cognitive Training Last 10 Years?

Cognitive training has become increasingly popular for individuals looking to reduce cognitive decline in normal aging and to reduce their risk of dementia. But does it work? The most comprehensive and well-designed study of cognitive training has been the Advanced Cognitive Training for Independent and Vital Elderly (ACTIVE) Study. This study featured a randomized controlled design,...

Mastery & Resilience: A Tale of Two Women Coping with Late-Life Loss

Old age invites the opportunity for losses as well as gains. Losses associated with growing older include decreased physical function and the deterioration of health. There are also losses associated with relationships and social networks. Collectively, researchers have argued that these losses have deleterious impacts on older adults, resulting in a diminished sense of mastery and...

Forget BMI—Measure Older Adults’ Muscle Mass

Although over the lifetime, obesity has been associated with a number of poor health outcomes and greater overall mortality risk, some previous studies have shown that for older adults obesity was associated with a lower overall risk of death. While body mass index (BMI) is a commonly used measure of health in physical checkups and in studies of health and aging, new research suggests...

Mentally Demanding Jobs Pay Off in Retirement

A recent study examined how the cognitive demands of a job can impact cognitive changes before and after retirement. Using data from the Health and Retirement Study, a nationally representative survey of 4,182 individuals, researchers looked at how highly mentally demanding work versus low mentally demanding work affected both the level and rate of change in cognitive functioning....

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