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Psychology & Psychiatry

California must build workforce to serve older adults' behavioral health needs, report says

By 2030, there will be 9 million adults over age 65 in California—up from 6 million now—according to an estimate by the state's department of finance. But a new study by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research finds ...

Alzheimer's disease & dementia

Emergency/urgent hospitalizations linked to accelerated cognitive decline in older adults

Emergency and urgent hospitalizations are associated with an increased rate of cognitive decline in older adults, report researchers at Rush University Medical Center. Results of their study, published in the Jan. 11, 2019, ...

Psychology & Psychiatry

When deciding to care for aging parents, affection trumps blame

It is often expected that as parents age, the children they once cared for will need to care for them. Expectations become less clear in non-traditional families and can be even murkier when the aging adult might be responsible ...

Health

Learning about the impact of multiple symptoms in older adults

"Symptoms" is the medical term for any sign of a health problem, even if that sign doesn't help your healthcare provider diagnose a specific illness. Symptoms, such as feeling tired or rundown (also called fatigue), are among ...

Gerontology & Geriatrics

No increased fall risk with HTN treatment in older women

(HealthDay)—Treating high blood pressure (BP) is not associated with an increased fall risk among older women, according to a study published online Jan. 7 in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Psychology & Psychiatry

The mystery of the super-ager

It was the kind of case no traditional medical textbook could explain.

Gerontology & Geriatrics

Mind-body exercises may improve cognitive function as adults age

Mind-body exercises—especially tai chi and dance mind-body exercise—are beneficial for improving global cognition, cognitive flexibility, working memory, verbal fluency, and learning in older adults. The findings come ...

Gerontology & Geriatrics

Key factors for family satisfaction with nursing homes

In recent months, news headlines have included numerous investigations into cases of nursing home staff shortages and resident maltreatment—many of which were reported by the families of vulnerable residents.

Health

Sleep length, quality linked to risk for falls, fractures

(HealthDay)—Both short and long sleep duration and poor sleep quality are associated with increased odds of recurrent falls in women, according to a study published online Nov. 21 in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research.

Alzheimer's disease & dementia

How puzzles, games might help your aging brain

(HealthDay)—Those Sunday crossword puzzles may not prevent the aging brain from slowing down—but they might protect it in a different way, a new study suggests.