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Both high, low levels of magnesium in blood linked to risk of dementia

04/10/2017

People with both high and low levels of magnesium in their blood may have a greater risk of developing dementia, according to a study published in the online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
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Latest health reform proposal jeopardizes care for us all as we age

04/10/2017

Newest proposal in a line of legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act will harm access to key health services for older Americans, families, caregivers, and healthcare professionals.
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Study finds that most older adults are aware of medication risks

02/10/2017

Geriatrics experts know that certain medications may have risks for older adults that outweigh their benefits, especially when safer alternatives are available.
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Seniors with Type 2 diabetes may have increased risk for fracture

27/09/2017

Though seniors with type 2 diabetes (T2D) tend to have normal or higher bone density than their peers, researchers have found that they are more likely to succumb to fractures than seniors without T2D.
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Good luck pig: "Felix doesn’t treat people, he is my assistant"

01/02/2017

Pigs brings back many memories and emotions, especially for older people because they remember them from their childhood. And that’s exactly what the Dutch physical therapist Daan Vermeulen draws on. He visits retirement homes, schools and other facilities with his pig Felix. With the help of his pig, he is able to playfully boost the senses and mobility of people with dementia.
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Culturally sensitive care: "Treating people equally and fairly but not the same"

01/08/2016

There are 80 million people living in Germany. This also means there are many different cultures living together. Schools and daycare facilities already provide special choices for children who speak another language. But what is the situation like in nursing homes and care facilities? And what exactly is culturally sensitive care?
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Mobility on the go: Apps as everyday helpers

01/07/2016

They are small, colorful and helpful: the many apps on your smartphone screen. They tell us about the weather, they entertain us and can help us to manage everyday life better. More and more mobile applications are also being designed for seniors and people with disabilities – when it comes to providing assistance in navigation or traffic for instance.
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Senior living: No need to go into a nursing home

01/02/2016

As we get older, there is a greater need for familiar surroundings that give us a feeling of security and safety. For many seniors, it is very important to live within their own four walls for as long as possible. Yet it is by no means a given that people can stay in their own home as they get old. Far too often, residences don’t meet their specific needs.
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Intelligent mobility assistants support the elderly

01/02/2016

Obstacles such as cobblestone streets, sloping paths or other barriers make the lives of senior citizens difficult. The more restricted they are in their mobility, the less they dare to do things. Then they often avoid going to their favorite park at the corner. The Assistants for Safe Mobility (ASSAM) project created intelligent solutions for walkers, wheelchairs and adult three-wheelers.
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Living a self-determined life and getting older with great advice

01/02/2016

Getting older raises many new questions and challenges. They run the gamut from health-related to very existential aspects such as old-age poverty for example. That’s why it helps to have competent experts available during this phase of life to ask for good advice now and then.
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"The number of older drug users in need of care will increase considerably"

01/09/2015

Right now, the care sector is not prepared for this fact yet: drug addicts are getting much older than previously believed. At the same time, many typically age-related restrictions start to appear far earlier with them. This poses new challenges in health care provision.
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