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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

Exercise can improve brain function in older adults

Photo: Elderly people during strength training [27/07/2015] New research conducted at the University of Kansas Medical Center indicates that older adults can improve brain function by raising their fitness level. Jeffrey Burns, M.D., professor of neurology and co-director of the KU Alzheimer's Disease Center, led a six-month trial conducted with healthy adults ages 65 and older who showed no signs of cognitive decline.Exercise can improve brain function in older adults - 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

Ultrasound accelerates skin healing – especially for diabetics and the elderly

Photo: Ultrasound treatment on a knee [15/07/2015] Healing times for skin ulcers and bedsores can be reduced by a third with the use of low-intensity ultrasound, scientists from the University of Sheffield and University of Bristol have found.Ultrasound accelerates skin healing – especially for diabetics and the elderly - Read more

Seeing the world through assistive glasses

Photo: ADAMAAS glasses being used [03/07/2015] A new research project at the Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interactive Technology (CITEC) in Bielefeld University focuses on the development of a mobile adaptive assistance system in the form of intelligent glasses that provide unobtrusive and intuitive support in everyday situations.Seeing the world through assistive glasses - 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

Older workers remain unemployed nearly 6 weeks longer

Photo: Elderly man working [17/06/2015] Results from a new study led by the Georgia Institute of Technology's School of Psychology and University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management show that, compared to younger job seekers, older adults receive fewer job offers, search for weeks longer and are ultimately less likely to find re-employment after losing a job. The study is published by the journal Psychological Bulletin.Older workers remain unemployed nearly 6 weeks longer - Read more

Light-intensity exercise could prove beneficial to older adults

Photo: Older adults walking [15/06/2015] An easy walk, slow dancing, leisurely sports such as table tennis, household chores and other light-intensity exercise may be nearly as effective as moderate or vigorous exercise for older adults – if they get enough of that type of activity.Light-intensity exercise could prove beneficial to older adults - 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

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

 
 

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