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How Do Different Types of Leisure Affect Depressive Symptoms?

Participation in leisure activities has been shown to benefit the mental health of older adults, but it has not always been clear what mental health symptom changes are affected by which leisure activity. Recently a study in Taiwan looked at which types of symptoms associated with depression were impacted by changes in social, physical, and intellectual activity. The impact of certain...

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...

How Much Is Quality of Life Worth?

With the worldwide growth of the older adult population, there have been numerous efforts to design and provide what have become known as quality of life technologies, which are designed to optimize the health and independent functioning of individuals with disabilities. However, questions remain surrounding how much consumers may be willing to pay for such technologies. To examine...

Public Perception of Long-Term Care Spells Trouble

As long-term care becomes a growing public policy issue, having a clearer idea of the American public’s perception of policy options, finances, and information sources related to ongoing living assistance becomes increasingly important for understanding and successfully addressing the population’s needs. A recent survey conducted by the National Opinion Research Center and the...

A Peek at the Public’s Experiences & Expectations of Caregiving

Recently, the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago and the Associated Press conducted their second major study on expectations surrounding ongoing living assistance, which included getting help in your own home, in a family member’s home, in a nursing home or in a senior community. In their new study, they interviewed a nationally representative sample of...

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