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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

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

Keeping and developing the skills of older employees

Photo: Older mechanical engineer working [25/06/2014] How can you keep the skills and experience of older employees within a business if declining strength means that a continued employment at the original workplace is not possible? Educational scientists at the University of Stuttgart together with extramural research institutions and business partners are searching for solutions.Keeping and developing the skills of older employees - Read more

Why aren't product designers considering activity trackers for older adults?

Photo: Man with glasses looking at a smartphone [20/06/2014] Commercially available activity-monitoring apps, Web sites, and wearable devices allow for easy self-management of health and wellness. This technology may be particularly helpful for older adults, who can improve their cognitive function through proper diet and exercise.Why aren't product designers considering activity trackers for older adults? - Read more

Recreational soccer can treat type 2 diabetes patients

Photo: Older men playing soccer [13/06/2014] Studies show that 24 weeks of twice-weekly recreational soccer training sessions lower blood pressure and improves heart function in men with high blood pressure and men with type 2 diabetes. Furthermore, men with type 2 diabetes lost 12 percent of their abdominal fat and reduced their blood sugar 20 percent more than inactive control subjects.Recreational soccer can treat type 2 diabetes patients - 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

Accident and Emergency departments cause problems for the elderly

Photo: Elderly patient [21/05/2014] Norwegian Accident and Emergency departments are not designed for elderly patients, and their staff often lack geriatric experience.Accident and Emergency departments cause problems for the elderly - Read more

Light Activity Every Day Keeps Disability at Bay

( Source: REHACARE.de )

Photo: Man and woman jogging [05/05/2014] Pushing a shopping cart or a vacuum does not take a lot of effort, but enough of this sort of light physical activity every day can help people with or at risk of knee arthritis avoid developing disabilities as they age, according to a new Northwestern Medicine study.Light Activity Every Day Keeps Disability at Bay - 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