The Secrets of ‘Cognitive Super-Agers’

By studying centenarians, researchers hope to develop strategies to ward off Alzheimer’s disease and slow brain aging for all of us.

#age-chronological, #alzheimers-disease, #brain, #dementia, #elderly, #memory

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Three F.D.A. Advisers Resign Over Agency’s Approval of Alzheimer’s Drug

The drug, Aduhelm, a monthly infusion priced at $56,000 per year, was approved this week despite weak evidence that it helps patients.

#aduhelm-drug, #alzheimers-disease, #biogen-inc, #clinical-trials, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #elderly, #your-feed-science

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Wedding Bells for Two 95-Year-Olds

Joy Morrow-Nulton and John Shults Jr., both widowed twice after 60-plus years of marriage, celebrated their 95th birthdays and wedding.

#elderly, #marriages, #parties-social, #weddings-and-engagements

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Looking to Tackle Prescription Overload

Older adults often take more medications than they need, or than is safe. Increasingly, geriatric experts and their patients are exploring the benefits of “deprescribing.”

#drugs-pharmaceuticals, #elderly, #falls, #jama-internal-medicine-journal, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

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Alzheimer’s Drug Poses a Dilemma for the F.D.A.

If the agency approves it, aducanumab would be the first new Alzheimer’s treatment since 2003. Patients are desperate for new options, but some scientists say there isn’t enough evidence it works.

#aducanumab-drug, #alzheimers-assn, #alzheimers-disease, #biogen-inc, #brain, #clinical-trials, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #elderly, #food-and-drug-administration, #memory, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

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Will Congress Abandon America’s Seniors?

Republicans are right that elder care only loosely counts as infrastructure. But something must be done about it.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #baby-boomers, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #elder-care, #elderly, #home-health-care, #infrastructure-public-works, #republican-party, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

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In Korea, You Don’t Have to Explain TikTok to Your Grandma

Through videos on YouTube and TikTok that feature their lives, fashions and routines, many Koreans are challenging the idea that such media are a young person’s game.

#beauty-concept, #elderly, #grandparents, #social-media, #south-korea, #tiktok-bytedance, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #youtube-com

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Social Security and Covid: Why Getting Help Won’t Be the Same

The pandemic abruptly closed the agency’s 1,200 offices, and officials are considering how to move forward. One issue: Without the offices, fewer low-income seniors sought benefits.

#consumer-protection, #content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #elderly, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #medicare, #retirement, #shutdowns-institutional, #social-security-us, #social-security-administration, #weaver-david

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If You Plan to Visit Aging Parents, Bring a To-Do List

During quarantine, medical, financial and household issues may have cropped up. Preparing before your visit can ease tensions and get to what you really want — a joyful visit.

#anxiety-and-stress, #content-type-service, #elderly, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #quarantine-life-and-culture

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How the Coming Population Bust Will Transform the World

Fewer babies’ cries. More abandoned homes. Toward the middle of this century, as deaths start to exceed births, changes will come that are hard to fathom.

#birth-rates, #census, #east-asia, #elderly, #europe, #population

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Seeking Wisdom From an Undervalued Resource: Older People

On the new podcast “70 Over 70,” Max Linsky queries Dionne Warwick, Norman Lear and his own father about living well and other “meaning of life stuff.”

#70-over-70-radio-program, #content-type-personal-profile, #elderly, #linsky-max, #podcasts

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Family Caregivers Feel the Pandemic’s Weight

Early studies reveal the toll that lockdowns, isolation and stress have taken on those who care for older Americans.

#alzheimers-disease, #anxiety-and-stress, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dementia, #depression-mental, #elderly, #home-health-care, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

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Can a Smartwatch Save Your Life?

The advent of wearable devices that monitor our heart rhythms both excites and worries doctors.

#american-heart-assn, #apple-inc, #content-type-service, #elderly, #fitbit, #heart, #mobile-applications, #pacemakers, #stroke, #tests-medical, #watches-and-clocks, #wearable-computing

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A Jane Brody Birthday Milestone: 80!

The secret to a happy and vibrant old age? Strive to do what you love for as long as you can do it.

#age-chronological, #birthdays, #diet-and-nutrition, #elderly, #exercise

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Aspirin May Help Protect the Brain From Pollution’s Toll, Study Suggests

Even short-term exposure to polluted air may impair mental ability in the elderly. Aspirin and other NSAIDs showed some protective effects.

#air-pollution, #alzheimers-disease, #aspirin, #brain, #dementia, #elderly, #nonsteroidal-anti-inflammatory-drugs-nsaids

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Once-a-Decade Census Shows an Aging, Better-Educated China

The country is locked in a demographic crisis. But the figures also showed rising education and urbanization levels.

#birth-control-and-family-planning, #birth-rates, #census, #china, #colleges-and-universities, #communist-party-of-china, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #elderly, #in-vitro-fertilization, #labor-and-jobs, #national-bureau-of-statistics-china, #politics-and-government, #population, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

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Covid Pandemic Forces Families to Rethink Nursing Home Care

Even with vaccines, many older people and their relatives are weighing how to manage at-home care for those who can no longer live independently.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elder-care, #elderly, #families-and-family-life, #home-health-care, #medicaid, #nursing-homes, #your-feed-healthcare

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Lucha Libre, Yoga, Dancing: Welcome to Mexico City’s Vaccination Sites

To calm Mexico City’s elderly, who were arriving “really scared” at vaccination sites, officials cued up the bands and masked wrestlers.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dancing, #elderly, #lopez-obrador-andres-manuel, #mexico, #mexico-city-mexico, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #vaccination-and-immunization, #wrestling, #yoga

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How Spending Mistakes Can Be Early Signs of Alzheimer’s

Impulsive purchases, out-of-control spending: These behaviors can be early signs of Alzheimer’s disease or other cognitive decline.

#alzheimers-disease, #chronic-traumatic-encephalopathy, #credit-scores, #dementia, #elderly, #frontotemporal-dementia, #memory, #personal-finances, #retirement, #stocks-and-bonds

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How Long Can We Live?

New research is intensifying the debate — with profound implications for the future of the planet.

#elderly, #genetics-and-heredity, #longevity, #medicine-and-health, #research, #science-and-technology, #stem-cells

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Doctors Harness the Power of Human Connections

Social medicine programs, which often encourage patients to engage with other people, can help address dementia, isolation and more.

#alzheimers-disease, #dementia, #doctors, #elderly, #loneliness, #parkinsons-disease, #therapy-and-rehabilitation

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The Debate Over What ‘Infrastructure’ Is Is Ridiculous

Both snarled traffic and a morning without a home health aide can make you late for work.

#american-jobs-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #child-labor, #children-and-childhood, #elder-care, #elderly, #labor-and-jobs, #paid-time-off, #work-life-balance

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Michigan’s Covid Wards Are Filling Up With Younger Patients

Even as vaccines roll out, more younger people in Michigan are being hospitalized than at any other point in the pandemic. And they’re coming in sicker.

#age-chronological, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #disease-rates, #elderly, #hospitals, #michigan, #vaccination-and-immunization, #youth

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Many Older Adults Lack Even Simple, Helpful Equipment

Railings, grab bars, shower chairs and other inexpensive devices can make it easier to continue living at home, but not enough older people acquire them.

#disabilities, #elderly, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #medical-devices, #therapy-and-rehabilitation, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

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Rising Debt, Falling Income: How to Dig Out

More Americans over age 55 are carrying debt loads, and their nonmortgage debt grew significantly during the pandemic.

#content-type-service, #credit-and-debt, #credit-cards, #elderly, #finances, #personal-bankruptcies, #personal-finances, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #retirement

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Biden Takes On Sagging Safety Net With Plan to Fix Long-Term Care

The proposal to spend $400 billion over eight years faces political challenges and a funding system not designed for the burden it has come to bear.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #disabilities, #elder-care, #elderly, #health-insurance-and-managed-care, #home-health-care, #labor-and-jobs, #medicaid, #wages-and-salaries

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The Economy That Allows You to Get Your Job Done Is Broken

President Biden understands that caregiving is infrastructure, and that all families need it.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disabilities, #elderly, #infrastructure-public-works

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When Patients Choose to End Their Lives

For some, the decision to die is more complicated than a wish to reduce pain.

#compassionchoices, #death-and-dying, #elderly, #euthanasia-and-assisted-suicide, #hospice-care, #living-wills-and-health-care-proxies

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‘They Have No One’: At 88, a Transgender Icon Combats Loneliness Among Seniors

Samantha Flores, who created a community center in Mexico City for older L.G.B.T.Q. people that closed during the pandemic, is hoping to reopen it.

#elderly, #mexico, #mexico-city-mexico, #transgender-and-transsexuals

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Looking Forward to Your 170th Birthday

In “Ageless,” Andrew Steele explores the science of aging and the advances that might let humans prolong their lives by decades.

#age-chronological, #ageless-the-new-science-of-getting-older-without-getting-old-book, #books-and-literature, #elderly, #longevity, #steele-andrew-author

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Turning Away From Nursing Homes, to What?

Covid-19 has driven down Americans’ demand for senior care facilities. Building support for more elders to remain at home requires systemic changes.

#content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elder-care, #elderly, #medicaid, #medicare, #nursing-homes, #retirement

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‘Mom Is Really Different’: Nursing Homes Reopen to Joy and Grief

Nursing homes, one of the most restricted settings in America during the pandemic, are allowing visitors again. But opening the doors has brought new complications.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dementia, #elderly, #grief-emotion, #hospice-care, #nursing-homes, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Walking and Other Aerobic Exercise May Aid the Aging Brain

Older people with mild cognitive impairment showed improvements in brain blood flow and memory after a yearlong aerobic exercise program.

#age-chronological, #alzheimers-disease, #brain, #carotid-arteries, #elderly, #exercise, #journal-of-alzheimers-disease, #memory, #university-of-texas-southwestern-medical-center

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In a Role Reversal, Asian-Americans Aim to Protect Their Parents From Hate

The conversations represent a fraught yet tender shift in the traditional parent-child dynamic.

#asian-americans, #atlanta-spa-shootings-2021, #chinese-americans, #content-type-service, #discrimination, #elderly, #families-and-family-life, #hate-crimes, #immigration-and-emigration, #korean-americans, #race-and-ethnicity, #taiwanese-americans

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Getting to Yes: A Nursing Home’s Mission to Vaccinate Its Hesitant Staff

Almost all of the residents at Forest Hills of D.C. got their initial Covid-19 shots in January. But nearly half of the staff there had declined. Would an effort to change their minds succeed?

#black-people, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elderly, #forest-hills-of-d-c, #labor-and-jobs, #nursing-homes, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-science

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A Nursing Home’s Mission to Vaccinate Its Hesitant Staff

Almost all of the residents at Forest Hills of D.C. got their initial Covid-19 shots in January. But nearly half of the staff there had declined. Would an effort to change their minds succeed?

#black-people, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elderly, #forest-hills-of-d-c, #labor-and-jobs, #nursing-homes, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-science

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Why Supply Isn’t the Only Thing Stymying Europe’s Coronavirus Vaccine Rollout

Bureaucratic inertia, a diffusion of responsibility and logistical problems have seriously undercut vaccination efforts. In Italy, it’s the older population that bears the brunt.

#astrazeneca-plc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #draghi-mario, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #elderly, #europe, #european-medicines-agency, #european-union, #italy, #pfizer-inc, #shortages, #vaccination-and-immunization

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Supply Isn’t the Only Thing Stymying Europe’s Vaccine Rollout

Bureaucratic inertia, a diffusion of responsibility and logistical problems have seriously undercut vaccination efforts. In Italy, it’s the older population that bears the brunt.

#astrazeneca-plc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #draghi-mario, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #elderly, #europe, #european-medicines-agency, #european-union, #italy, #pfizer-inc, #shortages, #vaccination-and-immunization

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The 65+ Crowd Is Vaccinated and Ready to Party

Older Americans still make up a majority of those who have been inoculated, and many are taking advantage and venturing out.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elderly, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

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How Two Lonely Generations Are Helping Each Other Heal

Young adults and the elderly were especially isolated in the pandemic. There are efforts underway to help connect them.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elderly, #loneliness, #psychology-and-psychologists, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #youth

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Coronavirus Reinfections Are Rare, Danish Researchers Report

People over 65 are more likely to experience a second bout with the virus, according to a large study of medical records.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #denmark, #elderly, #immune-system, #lancet-the-journal, #research, #tests-medical, #vaccination-and-immunization, #your-feed-science

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The Pandemic Happiness Gap

New surveys show that in the last year, older adults tended to be more positive than younger ones, suggesting that the ability to cope improves with age.

#age-chronological, #anxiety-and-stress, #carstensen-laura, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elderly, #emotions, #happiness, #psychology-and-psychologists, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #research, #stanford-university

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U.S. Allows Indoor Visits in Nursing Homes. Here’s What to Know.

The recommendations are the first revision to the federal government’s nursing home guidance since September.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #centers-for-medicare-and-medicaid-services, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #elderly, #nursing-homes, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

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10 Years After Fukushima Disaster, This Nurse May Be the Region’s Best Hope

Many of Rina Tsugawa’s peers have left for jobs in cities, an outflow common to rural Japan but accelerated by the tsunami and nuclear meltdowns in Fukushima. Ms. Tsugawa has different plans.

#content-type-personal-profile, #earthquakes, #elderly, #fukushima-japan, #nursing-and-nurses, #population, #tidal-waves-and-tsunamis

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If You Live to 100, You’ll Need More Than Money

The number of centenarians in the U.S. is growing steadily. If you join them, you’ll need not just a robust retirement fund but also a plan, and a purpose.

#content-type-service, #elderly, #longevity, #personal-finances, #retirement

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How Rhode Island Fell to the Coronavirus

A dense population of vulnerable citizens set the stage for a frightening epidemic.

#central-falls-ri, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #disease-rates, #elderly, #emergency-medical-treatment, #hispanic-americans, #hospitals, #hygiene-and-cleanliness, #loneliness, #masks, #medicine-and-health, #new-england-states-us, #nursing-and-nurses, #nursing-homes, #pawtucket-ri, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #providence-ri, #quarantines, #rhode-island, #rhode-island-hospital, #vaccination-and-immunization, #workplace-hazards-and-violations, #your-feed-science

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How Exercise Enhances Aging Brains

Sedentary, older adults who took aerobic dance classes twice a week showed improvements in brain areas critical for memory and thinking.

#age-chronological, #brain, #elderly, #exercise, #memory, #neurobiology-of-learning-and-memory-journal, #rutgers-the-state-university-of-new-jersey

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‘It Should Not Be This Hard’: When Family Members Provide the Care

Readers respond to an Op-Ed essay urging increased support for the millions of Americans providing such assistance.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elder-care, #elderly, #home-health-care, #stimulus-economic, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Seniors Seeking Vaccines Have a Problem: They Can’t Use the Internet

Older adults living alone often lack access or an understanding of technology, and many are unsure how to sign up for an appointment.

#administration-for-community-living, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elderly, #older-adults-technology-services, #smith-tina-f, #social-media, #vaccination-and-immunization

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China’s Retirement Home Industry is Plagued by Ponzi Schemes

Rooms and beds for retirees are in short supply as the population ages, leaving many vulnerable to companies pitching risky investments.

#china, #elder-care, #elderly, #families-and-family-life, #finances, #frauds-and-swindling, #nursing-homes, #population, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #retirement-communities-and-assisted-living

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