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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

Leading an accessible and self-determined life in the quarter

The curb is too high, branches dim streetlights and there are barely any seating accommodations in the neighborhood. Our environment still has many large and small barriers that most fellow human beings only notice when they get older and usually when it directly applies to them. So-called living quarter design concepts address options to sustainably design living spaces.Leading an accessible and self-determined life in the quarter - Read more

Living concepts: Living like you want to

Living with each other versus next to each other. This is what more and more people would like, regardless of their age group. Especially in major cities however, this appears to be no longer practical in established apartment buildings. This is why many people increasingly consider new living arrangements – often far away from usual patterns and traditional family structures.Living concepts: Living like you want to - Read more

Research helps explain why elderly have trouble sleeping

Photo: Elderly woman sleeping [25/08/2014] As people grow older, they often have difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep, and tend to awaken too early in the morning. In individuals with Alzheimer's disease, this common and troubling symptom of aging tends to be especially pronounced, often leading to nighttime confusion and wandering.Research helps explain why elderly have trouble sleeping - Read more

Poor hearing confines older adults to their homes

Photo: Elderly people talking with each other [19/08/2014] Vision and hearing problems reduce the active participation of older people in various events and activities. This was observed in two studies carried out by the Gerontology Research Center.Poor hearing confines older adults to their homes - Read more

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

 
 

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