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Training elderly in social media improves well-being and combats isolation

Photo: Elderly man using a laptop [15/12/2014] Training older people in the use of social media improves cognitive capacity, increases a sense of self-competence and could have a beneficial overall impact on mental health and well-being, according to a landmark study carried out in the UK.Training elderly in social media improves well-being and combats isolation - Read more

Coordinating care of older adults moving across treatment still a problem

Photo: Nursing staff [10/12/2014] In a study among health care providers, a team led by a Johns Hopkins geriatrician has further documented barriers to better care of older adults as they are transferred from hospital to rehabilitation center to home, and too often back again.Coordinating care of older adults moving across treatment still a problem - Read more

Sharpening state spending on seniors

Photo: Elderly woman with wheeled walker and a caregiver [21/11/2014] As our society ages, a University of Montreal study suggests the health system should be focussing on comorbidity and specific types of disabilities that are associated with higher health care costs for seniors, especially cognitive disabilities.Sharpening state spending on seniors - Read more

Cost of informal caregiving for US elderly is $522 billion annually

Photo: Elderly woman gets help to get up from a chair [05/11/2014] The price tag for informal caregiving of elderly people by friends and relatives in the United States comes to $522 billion a year, according to a new RAND Corporation study. Replacing that care with unskilled paid care at minimum wage would cost $221 billion, while replacing it with skilled nursing care would cost $642 billion annually.Cost of informal caregiving for US elderly is $522 billion annually - Read more

Breaking down barriers for deaf seniors

( Source: REHACARE.de )

[03/11/2014] Many people want to stay in their familiar surroundings for as long as possible when they get older. If that is not an option in their own four walls, people often consider living accommodations that meet their personal needs. There are not very many special services for deaf people in Germany.Breaking down barriers for deaf seniors - Read more

When people with disabilities grow old

People with learning disabilities (so-called intellectual disabilities) or physical disabilities are growing older and older. An increasing life expectancy makes way for new challenges. Senior citizens are coming up on barriers or experience restructuring in their daily life. A sign that society is not ready for them yet. How do they handle these changes?When people with disabilities grow old - Read more

Detecting depressive states in the elderly with on-line monitoring devices

Photo: Elderly man sitting in an arm chair [17/10/2014] Specialists at the Autonomous Metropolitan University (UAM) of Mexico developed a system that achieved detecting depression in older adults, through monitoring their daily routine. This technology can be used as an auxiliary tool for the care of elderly people, who for various reasons, such as family abandonment of or a chronic condition, tend to fall into a depressed state.Detecting depressive states in the elderly with on-line monitoring devices - Read more

Insomnia among older adults may be tied to sleep quality, not duration

Photo: Elderly woman lying in her bed [10/10/2014] Reports of insomnia are common among the elderly, but a new study finds that sleep problems may stem from the quality of rest and other health concerns more than the overall amount of sleep that patients get.Insomnia among older adults may be tied to sleep quality, not duration - Read more

The value of being old in different societies

Photo: Group of people of all ages [08/09/2014] People aged 70 and over who identify themselves as 'old' feel worse about their own health in societies where they perceive they have lower value than younger age groups.The value of being old in different societies - Read more

Older adults who volunteer are happier and healthier

Photo: Elderly woman laughing [03/09/2014] Older adults who stay active by volunteering are getting more out of it than just an altruistic feeling – they are receiving a health boost. A new study, led by the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest Health Sciences, is the first to take a broad-brush look at all the available peer-reviewed evidence regarding the psychosocial health benefits of formal volunteering for older adults.Older adults who volunteer are happier and healthier - Read more

 
 

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