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Physical activity linked to greater mental flexibility in older adults

Photo: Elderly couple walking in a wood [26/08/2015] Physically fit people tend to have larger brain volumes and more intact white matter than their less-fit peers. Now a new study reveals that older adults who regularly engage in moderate to vigorous physical activity have more variable brain activity at rest than those who don't. This variability is associated with better cognitive performance, researchers say.Physical activity linked to greater mental flexibility in older adults - Read more

Many seniors overestimate their mobility

Photo: Woman with walking aid [17/08/2015] Many seniors who visit emergency departments require more assistance with physical tasks than they think they do, which may lead to hospital readmission later on. Many seniors overestimate their mobility - Read more

Improving nutrition and well-being in old age

Photo: Elderly man eats some bread [20/07/2015] Researchers from the IBA Institute of the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU) are working on a project as part of the 'Enable' Competence Cluster based at Technische Universität München (TUM) which is developing food for specific age groups and involves various partners at universities and other research institutions.Improving nutrition and well-being in old age - Read more

Protecting elderly patients at risk of harm

( Source: REHACARE.de )

Screenshot of the elearning module [19/06/2015] Elder abuse is a serious and often unreported health issue. It is estimated that as many as 10 percent of hospital patients age 65 and over are victims of abuse. For every case that is reported, an estimated 23 cases are not.Protecting elderly patients at risk of harm - Read more

Tablets can help elderly cross the 'digital divide'

Photo: Elderly man with a tablet computer [01/06/2015] One way to help the elderly cross what's known as the 'digital divide' is the use of tablets, those smaller, lighter, easy-to-use computers that seem to be taking the place of laptops. New Michigan State University research has found that the use of tablets does make it easier, breaking down some of the barriers that keep seniors from getting connected.Tablets can help elderly cross the 'digital divide' - Read more

Robot walker for elderly people in public spaces

Photo: Elderly woman with c-walker [27/05/2015] Elderly people with walking difficulties are often intimidated by busy public places. This led an EU research project to develop a robot walker to guide them around shopping centres, museums and other public buildings, thus enhancing their autonomy.Robot walker for elderly people in public spaces - Read more

High-tech Smart Care apartment aims to improve health care for seniors

Photo: Two men test flooring with special sensors [04/05/2015] University of Texas at Arlington nursing and engineering researchers will unveil a model Smart Care apartment that is infused with intelligent care technology designed to reduce risks encountered by older adults and those with disabilities who want to live independently in their own homes.High-tech Smart Care apartment aims to improve health care for seniors - Read more

Video games in care homes

Photo: Old woman and man playing video games [29/04/2015] Introducing video games as a means of bringing older adults in long-term care together may not always be an easy task, according to new research.Video games in care homes - Read more

Using smartphones to avoid spatial disorientation of elderly

Photo: Example of geographic areas of security [27/04/2015] Researchers from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) have used new technologies of the network operators to locate and send alerts when an old person with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) suffers from episodes of spatial disorientation.Using smartphones to avoid spatial disorientation of elderly - Read more

Improving older people’s oral health

Photo: Elderly man brushing his teeth [20/04/2015] Toothaches and mouth problems in elderly people are to be tackled in a health initiative launched this month. The Improving the Oral Health of Older Persons Initiative (IOHOPI), led by Health Education Kent, Surrey & Sussex, has been informed by research by Dr Paul Newton’s research into the experiences of older patients and their carers.Improving older people’s oral health - Read more

 
 

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