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Why seniors don't eat: It's complicated

Photo: Old man with food [13/08/2014] More than half of older adults who visit emergency departments are either malnourished or at risk for malnutrition, but not because of lack of access to health care, critical illness or dementia. Despite clear signs of malnutrition or risk of malnutrition, more than three-quarters had never previously been diagnosed with malnutrition, according to the results of a study. Why seniors don't eat: It's complicated - Read more

Smartphones as a health tool for older adults

Photo: Elderly man with a smartphone [01/08/2014] A team of researchers from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya - BarcelonaTech (UPC) and the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) is creating a smartphone app that will help older adults to understand their state of health and develop healthier habits.Smartphones as a health tool for older adults - Read more

App to help elderly people get around on public transport

Photo: Demonstration of the app [25/07/2014] Getting around in a town or city is a necessity in order to carry out everyday tasks. However, knowing which is the most convenient bus to get to the centre or when you have to change buses is not always a straightforward task. This is now much easier for elderly people because the Tecnalia research centre has produced an app that offers the best alternative by providing clear information.App to help elderly people get around on public transport - Read more

Elderly: Highest risk for outdoor falls is walking out of necessity

Photo: Elderly person with a wheeled walker [21/07/2014] Older adults are at a greater danger of falling when walking for utilitarian purposes such as shopping and appointments than when walking for recreation, according to a study from University of Massachusetts Medical School.Elderly: Highest risk for outdoor falls is walking out of necessity - Read more

Leisure facilities: Lack of accessibility is a barrier for elderly with sight loss

Photo: Elderly man and woman doing dumbbell training [07/07/2014] Researchers from Loughborough University have been involved in a research project looking at how older people with sight loss can engage in physical activity. The findings of the study were released by sight loss charity Thomas Pocklington Trust, who called on leisure providers to make facilities and activities accessible and sight-loss friendly.Leisure facilities: Lack of accessibility is a barrier for elderly with sight loss - Read more

New health services needed for rise in 100-year-olds

[04/06/2014] Over 35,000 people lived to 100 years or more in England over the last ten years, with a large proportion subsequently dying from frailty exacerbated by pneumonia, according to a new study by King's College London. With the number of centenarians set to grow, end-of-life care needs to be tailored to the increasing frailty in this age group, warn the King's palliative care researchers.New health services needed for rise in 100-year-olds - Read more

Physical activity helps maintain mobility in older adults

Photo: Older man who is nordic walking in the forest [02/06/2014] Exercise can help keep older adults healthy. Now a study, the first of its kind to look at frail, older adults, proves that physical activity can help these people maintain their mobility and dodge physical disability.Physical activity helps maintain mobility in older adults - Read more

Physical Function and Sense of Autonomy Determine Life-Space Mobility in Elderly

( Source: REHACARE.de )

Photo: Older man with a wheeled walker [09/05/2014] Physical function and sense of autonomy are independent determinants of life-space mobility in older people. This was found in a study conducted at the Gerontology Research Center of the University of Jyväskylä.Physical Function and Sense of Autonomy Determine Life-Space Mobility in Elderly - Read more

Religious Music Brings Benefit to Seniors' Mental Health

( Source: REHACARE.de )

Photo: Man and woman singing [30/04/2014] Among older Christians, listening to religious music is associated with a decrease in anxiety about death and increases in life satisfaction, self-esteem, and sense of control over their lives. In particular, listening to gospel music is associated with a decrease in anxiety about death and an increase in sense of control.Religious Music Brings Benefit to Seniors' Mental Health - Read more

Internet Use Can Help Ward off Depression among Elderly

( Source: REHACARE.de )

Photo: Older woman with a laptop [28/04/2014] It's estimated that as many as 10 million older Americans suffer from depression, often brought on by feelings of loneliness and isolation. However, new research – a project that followed the lives of thousands of retired older Americans for six years – found that internet use among the elderly can reduce the chances of depression by more than 30 percent.Internet Use Can Help Ward off Depression among Elderly - Read more