News tagged with gerontology
Researchers at Wayne State University, in collaboration with Illinois Institute of Technology, recently published a study advising clinical gerontologists in the field to be aware of older adults' needs for assessment of ...
Psychology & Psychiatry Apr 25, 2013 | not rated yet | 0
(Medical Xpress)—A fear of going hungry may be leading many older Georgians to skip medications and cancel doctors' appointments as they juggle limited incomes with prescription costs and out-of-pocket ...
Health Mar 05, 2013 | 4 / 5 (1) | 0
When you're postmenopausal and overweight, losing weight is a good thing, but gaining back just a few pounds may actually be detrimental to your cardiovascular health.
Health Dec 10, 2012 | not rated yet | 2
For three years, University of Utah researchers have been deploying a computer-based design program called SketchUp in workshops to teach and develop life skills for youth on the autism spectrum. An earlier ...
Autism spectrum disorders Dec 10, 2012 | not rated yet | 0 |
"Communicating With Older Adults: An Evidence-Based Review of What Really Works," the latest report from The Gerontological Society of America (GSA), provides 40 pages of recommended guidelines for health care providers i ...
Health Oct 15, 2012 | not rated yet | 0
A new study from USC researchers is the first to show that controlled fasting improves the effectiveness of radiation therapy in cancer treatments, extending life expectancy in mice with aggressive brain tumors.
Cancer Sep 11, 2012 | not rated yet | 0 |
Scientists have found that calorie restriction—a diet comprised of approximately 30 percent fewer calories but with the same nutrients of a standard diet—does not extend years of life or reduce age-related deaths in a ...
Medical research Aug 29, 2012 | 4.1 / 5 (8) | 8 |
A sobering new study by researchers from the University of Southern California Davis School of Gerontology finds that elder abuse in low-income Latino communities goes largely unreported. More than 40 percent of Latino elders ...
Health Jul 19, 2012 | not rated yet | 0
Go ahead - do it: Grab a pencil. Right now. Write your name backward. And upside down. Awkward, right?
Health Jun 20, 2012 | 4.5 / 5 (2) | 0
Middle-aged and older adults with diabetes showed substantial survival rates in a new University of Michigan Health System study of retirees.
Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes May 02, 2012 | not rated yet | 0
Man may not live by bread alone, but cancer in animals appears less resilient, judging by a study that found chemotherapy drugs work better when combined with cycles of short, severe fasting.
Cancer Feb 08, 2012 | 4.7 / 5 (17) | 3 |
A Wayne State University researcher believes studying people's ability to find their way around may help explain why loss of mental capacity occurs with age.
Psychology & Psychiatry Feb 06, 2012 | 5 / 5 (1) | 0 |
When the body fights oxidative damage, it calls up a reservist enzyme that protects cells but only if those cells are relatively young, a study has found.
Medical research Aug 30, 2011 | 4.7 / 5 (10) | 4 |
Nursing home residents taking certain antidepressant medications are at an increased risk of falling in the days following the start of a new prescription or a dose increase of their current drug, according to a new study ...
Health Jul 15, 2011 | not rated yet | 0
Severity of spinal cord injury in adults is not related to how they rate their health, Wayne State University researchers have found.
Health Jul 12, 2011 | not rated yet | 0
Gerontology (from Greek: γέρον, geron, "old man"; and λόγος, logos, "speech" lit. "to talk about old age") is the study of the social, psychological and biological aspects of aging. It is distinguished from geriatrics, which is the branch of medicine that studies the disease of the elderly.
Gerontology includes these and other endeavors:
The multidisciplinary focus of gerontology means that there are a number of sub-fields, as well as associated fields such as psychology and sociology that also cross over into gerontology. However, that there is an overlap should not be taken as to construe that they are the same. For example, a psychologist may specialize in early adults (and not be a gerontologist) or specialize in older adults (and be a gerontologist).
The field of gerontology was developed relatively late, and as such often lacks the structural and institutional support needed (for example, relatively few universities offer a Ph.D. in gerontology). Yet the huge increase in the elderly population in the post-industrial Western nations has led to this becoming one of the most rapidly growing fields. As such, gerontology is currently a well-paying field for many in the West.
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