Posts Tagged ‘National Institute on Aging (NIA)’

American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Recommends Annual Memory Tests for Seniors

The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) recommends that Seniors age 65 and over be screened every year by their physicians for thinking and memory problems. Aging is a major risk factor for developing problems with memory and thinking. This recommendation was published September 18, 2019, online in the journal of Neurology . The test may…

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Palliative Care alongside Curative Treatment

Palliative care is extra care that is given alongside curative treatment for very serious illnesses. Palliative care is given for as long as possible no matter what the prognosis is. Palliative care can be given at any stage of a serious disease. In fact, palliative care can be started as soon as there is a…

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Seniors and Fatigue

Difference between being Tired or Suffering from Fatigue Seniors sometimes suffer from fatigue. It is normal to be tired sometimes, but usually a good night’s sleep or a few days of rest is all that is needed to get going again. However, if this extreme fatigue persists for weeks, it is time to make an…

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How to Cope with Sundown Syndrome (Sundowning)

Sundown Syndrome (Sundowning) Many caregivers and family members of seniors with Alzheimer’s dread the setting of the sun. When that evening sun goes down, many people afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease begin to show signs of sundowning or sundown syndrome. As the sun sets, they become more agitated, restless, confused, angry, sad, moody and even aggressive…

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How to Stay Safe While Exercising Outdoors

Going outdoors for physical exercise offers a lot of advantages like finding more interesting places to see, having more room to exercise and getting fresh air. However, it is important to stay safe while exercising outdoors. The National Institute on Aging (NIA) has a Go4Life site that has some important tips to keep you safe…

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Genetic Disorder Hemochromatosis Causes Serious Health Problems for Seniors

According to the National Institute on Aging (NIA), hemochromatosis is a common genetic disorder that affects more than a million Americans. Recent research by the University of Exeter in the UK and the University of Connecticut and the NIA intramural Research Program show that hemochromatosis appears to make far more serious health problems for seniors…

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Walking Steps to Preserve Life in Senior Women

How many steps does a senior woman have to walk in order to maintain health and preserve life? Many devices worn to measure the number of steps taken on a daily basis are pre-programmed to achieve a daily goal of 10,000 steps. However, no one has ever proven scientifically just how many steps really are…

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The Mediterranean Diet May Protect against Late-life Depression

A study presented at the American Psychiatric Association’s annual meeting May 19, 2019 in San Francisco, shows that a high adherence to a Mediterranean Diet may reduce the risk of late-life depression in seniors. The cross-sectional study was carried out by researchers at the Hellenic Open University in Greece and led by Konstantinos Argyropoulos with…

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A Disease that Mimics Alzheimer’s Disease

Scientists have discovered that not all people who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) actually have Alzheimer’s because they have discovered a disease that mimics Alzheimer’s, but is not AD. The National Institute on Aging (NIA) issued guidelines April 30, 2019 for this newly found disease. The guidelines were from a workshop funded by…

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Risks of Drinking Alcohol for Seniors

There has been a lot of confusion about what amounts of alcoholic beverages pose risks for the senior population. At one time only heavy alcohol drinking was considered to be bad, but newer research shows that drinking alcohol increases risks for heart attacks, strokes and early death. A study published April 14, 2018 in Lancet…

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