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Mental activities may protect against mild cognitive impairment


Mayo Clinic researchers have found that engaging in mentally stimulating activities, even late in life, may protect against new-onset mild cognitive impairment, which is the intermediate stage between normal cognitive aging and dementia.
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Link between sleep and cognitive impairment in the elderly


Daytime sleepiness is very common in the elderly with prevalence rates of up to 50 percent. Caused by sleep-disordered breathing (SDB), a disruption of normal breathing during sleep, these cause recurrent awakenings and subsequent excessive daytime sleepiness.
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Getting closer to treatment for Parkinson's


A new Norwegian study shows new mechanisms behind Parkinson's disease, which can be key mechanisms for future treatment. More than 10 million people worldwide have Parkinson's disease. The cause of Parkinson's disease is unknown and thus no effective treatments exist.
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Meditation and music may help reverse early memory loss in adults


Meditation and music improve memory and cognitive function in adults with subjective cognitive decline: A pilot randomized controlled trial. In a recent study of adults with early memory loss, a West Virginia University research team lead by Dr. Kim Innes found that practice of a simple meditation or music listening program may have multiple benefits for older adults with preclinical memory loss.
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Soccer is like medicine for women with high blood pressure


The Danish concept Football Fitness has proved to be just as effective as tablets for countering high blood pressure. Furthermore, women participating in the project have also benefited from improved physical fitness, decreased body fat percentage and stronger bones.
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Too much sitting, too little exercise may accelerate biological aging


Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine report that elderly women who sit for more than 10 hours a day with low physical activity have cells that are biologically older by eight years compared to women who are less sedentary.
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Arthritis: Elderly need just 45 minutes of activity per week


Older adults who live with arthritis need to keep moving to be functionally independent. But in an examination of a goal that is daunting for most of this aging population, a new Northwestern Medicine study found that performing even a third of the recommended activity is beneficial.
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Older adults walk more for money and opportunity to donate to charity


Personal and social goals may be effective in motivating older adults to exercise, according to a study this month in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
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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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