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What digital divide? Seniors embrace social technology

26/08/2016

Contrary to popular belief, older adults enjoy emailing, instant messaging, Facebook and other forms of social technology. Not only that, but such online networking appears to reduce seniors' loneliness and even improve their health.
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Changes to retirement savings system may exacerbate economic inequality

22/08/2016

A shift to defined-contribution retirement plans, such as 401(k) plans, has led to an income and education gap in pension savings that could exacerbate future economic inequality, according to a study that will be presented at the 111th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (ASA).
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Working and volunteering could reduce disablement in seniors

10/08/2016

Working or volunteering can reduce the chances of chronic health conditions leading to physical disability in older Americans, according to researchers at Georgia State University and Florida State University.
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Researchers identify part of the brain that compensates for hearing loss in older adults

08/08/2016

Researchers have pinpointed the specific part of the brain that older adults rely on to differentiate speech sounds in background noise, which could revolutionize the treatment of hearing loss.
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Low rate of Internet use by seniors for health purposes

05/08/2016

In a study appearing in the August 2 issue of JAMA, David M. Levine, M.D., M.A., of Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, and colleagues examined trends in seniors' use of digital health technology in the U.S. from 2011-2014.
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Differences in older adults who fall indoors versus outdoors

27/07/2016

Falling can have serious consequences for older adults, including a loss of function and increased risk of institutionalization. According to a new study by NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, patient characteristics and outcomes differ for people who fall outdoors versus indoors.
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Nearly half of nursing home residents complete end-of-life care orders

20/07/2016

UCLA-led research finds broad acceptance of written end-of-life care orders among California nursing home residents, with nearly half completing a Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment, or POLST, form in 2011.
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Brief, simple test to screen for cognitive impairment in AD

18/07/2016

For the first time, researchers have determined that a brief, simple number naming test can differentiate between cognitively healthy elderly individuals and cognitively impaired people with Alzheimer's disease (AD), including those with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), as well as those with AD dementia.
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Embedding of dementia care training

18/07/2016

With more than 850,000 people living with dementia in the United Kingdom today - and that figure set to rise to more than one million within the next ten years - London's Kingston University and St George’s, University of London have made a commitment to provide all nursing, health and social care students with specialist dementia care training as part of their studies.
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Pill organizers could cause adverse effects among elderly

13/07/2016

Older people who switch to using pill organizers could experience adverse effects and even hospitalization - according to research from the University of East Anglia.
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Sub-sensory vibratory noise augments postural control in older adults

13/07/2016

Foot sole vibrations lead to better mobility and an increase in the complexity of the postural control system.
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