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Osteoarthritis: Chair yoga is effective alternative treatment


For the millions of older adults who live with osteoarthritis in their lower extremities (hip, knee, ankle or foot), chair yoga is proving to be an effective way to reduce pain and improve quality of life while avoiding pharmacologic treatment or adverse events.
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Helping pays off: People who care for others live longer


Study investigates the relationship between caregiving and lifespan: Older people who help and support others live longer. These are the findings of a study published in the journal "Evolution and Human Behavior".
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Studies suggest gaming your brain to treat depression


Researchers have found promising results for treating depression with a video game interface that targets underlying cognitive issues associated with depression rather than just managing the symptoms.
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New 'Accessibility Guide' on the needs of persons with disabilities using public transport


To mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (3 December), the International Association of Public Transport (UITP), IRU (World's Road Transport organisation) and European Disability Forum (EDF) jointly publish an 'Accessibility Guide' to improve customer service for persons with disabilities and persons with reduced mobility.
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Alzheimer's: Targeted preventive measures for hip fracture


The hip fracture risk factors are generally similar among those with and without Alzheimer's disease, according to a recent study from the University of Eastern Finland. However, the incidence of hip fracture is higher among those with Alzheimer's disease, regardless of other characteristics.
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Intimate and social relationships are important for older adults in assisted living


In a study examining the intimate and social relationships of married and unmarried couples in assisted living, researchers found benefits of late-life couplehood included companionship, support and affection.
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Perceived long-term job insecurity puts pressure on older workers


The long-term threat of getting a pink slip is giving some older workers the blues. Employees believing for multiple decades that they will lose their jobs leads to heightened levels of fear and distress, a new University of Michigan study suggests.
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