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The More You Know: A PSA on How to Be a Wiser Consumer of Scientific Research

A recent study in Neurobiology of Aging attempted to further scientific understanding of how the aging process impacts the human capacity to empathize. While the findings were less than conclusive, they have provided additional support for what neuro-psychological researchers have known for years—functional MRI (fMRI) studies are expensive, and small sample sizes lead to inconclusive...

What “Healthy Aging” & “Dying Slowly” Have in Common

As my late grandmother used to say, “One day you’ll look at yourself in the mirror and say, ‘when the hell did this happen?’” “This,” of course, is the aging process—the signs of usage that our bodies begin to display as we clock more hours on Earth. Maybe it’s a wrinkle in the corner of your eye you didn’t notice earlier, or possibly the trigger came in the form of...

Older Adults & Substance Abuse

A recent review in Current Opinion in Psychiatry addressed the unique problems posed by substance abuse among older adults. In addition to describing the prevalence of substance abuse, this review covered challenges in diagnosing and treating substance abuse in older adults, the consequences of substance abuse for older populations, and changing trends in substance abuse as the baby...

What You Can Do to Prevent Slips, Trips & Falls

With a third of people age 65 and better reporting a fall each year and two-thirds of that number falling again within six months, falling poses a significant risk to older adults in their daily lives. In fact, falling is the most common cause of injury-related deaths in those age 65 and better, and leads to the majority of their lifetime injury costs. Falling can cause traumatic...

When Does an Older Adult’s Minor Injury Predict Functional Decline?

For older adults, the potential for decline in the ability to carry out daily tasks after even minor injuries is a concern. Knowing what might predict a functional decline after a minor injury could help identify those older individuals at greatest risk, and enable efforts aimed at decreasing the likelihood of such decline, or at least ensure that individuals likely to experience such...

Poor Diet, High Risk: Metabolic Syndrome & Dietary Choices

Metabolic syndrome involves the presence of multiple metabolic risk factors for both cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. Metabolic syndrome strongly increases with age and its prevalence is on the rise worldwide. This is particularly concerning because metabolic syndrome also markedly increases mortality. Many of the determinants of metabolic syndrome are related to an...

Giving to Others Reduces Impact of Stress, Eliminating the Association of Stressful Events With Mortality

A recent study by Michael Poulin and colleagues in the American Journal of Public Health looks at the impact that giving to others can have on mortality. In particular, this study focused on how giving to others might impact the increased mortality associated with stressful life events. It has been repeatedly shown that socially isolated individuals have substantially increased risks...

Bilingualism Delays Onset of Single-Domain aMCI

Researchers have provided further evidence that bilingualism may contribute to cognitive reserve and delay the onset of dementia of the Alzheimer’s type (DAT). A study published in the Journals of Gerontology Series B focused on the association between bilingualism and amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI)—the common transition stage between normal aging and DAT. Specifically,...

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