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Alzheimer's disease & dementia

Study suggests need to screen older adults for mental health symptoms as pandemic continues

As the pandemic enters a new phase, and talk of getting 'back to normal' fades in the face of surging cases of COVID-19 and lagging vaccination against it, a new study suggests a need to check on the mental health of people ...

Gerontology & Geriatrics

13 percent experience difficulty hearing even with hearing aid

(HealthDay)—In 2019, 13.0 percent of adults had some difficulty hearing even when using a hearing aid, according to a July data brief published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for ...

Alzheimer's disease & dementia

Study suggests memory and thinking decline in transgender adults

Research presented today (Wednesday 28 July) at the 2021 Alzheimer's Association International Conference (AAIC) in Colorado suggests transgender and non-binary adults are more likely to self-report experience of worsening ...

Gerontology & Geriatrics

AP-NORC poll: Inequity in community support for older adults

Many Americans believe their communities are doing a good job meeting the needs of older adults, but white people may be better equipped than people of color to age within their communities, according to a new survey from ...

Gerontology & Geriatrics

Primary care plays key role in vaccinating older individuals

(HealthDay)—Primary care physicians have been the largest provider of vaccinations for older individuals, according to a study published online in the July 1 issue of the Annals of Family Medicine.

Ophthalmology

Vision impairment tied to cognitive decline

(HealthDay)—Worse visual acuity, contrast sensitivity, and stereo acuity impairment are associated with an increased risk for cognitive decline in older, community-dwelling individuals, according to a study published online ...

Gerontology & Geriatrics

Unvaccinated staff eyed in rising nursing home cases, deaths

Lagging vaccination rates among nursing home staff are being linked to a national increase in COVID-19 infections and deaths at senior facilities, and are at the center of a federal investigation in a hard-hit Colorado location ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Cognitive decline may help predict future fracture risk in women

Researchers led by the Garvan Institute of Medical Research have discovered a link between cognitive decline and a faster rate of bone loss, and found that cognitive decline over five years increased future fracture risk ...

Alzheimer's disease & dementia

Mental strategy helps dementia care partners' wellbeing

Responding to dementia symptoms can be a stressful daily activity, especially for spousal partners. Living with a partner with early-stage dementia means that spouses are often the first in line to witness changes in their ...

Gerontology & Geriatrics

As COVID rises, a vexing hunt for nursing home vaccine stats

With COVID-19 on the rise again and many nursing home staffers unvaccinated, families still lack easy access to crucial Medicare immunization data that will help them pick the right facility for their loved one.

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

New research reveals challenges faced by older people during pandemic

A new report launched today by The University of Manchester's Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing (MICRA) has revealed the challenged faced during the coronavirus pandemic by people aged 50 and over, especially ...

Gerontology & Geriatrics

Outbreaks of COVID-19 in French nursing homes traced back to staff

COVID-19 outbreaks in French nursing homes almost certainly started in staff—and none of measures put in place stopped the virus from taking hold, new research being presented at the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology ...

Alzheimer's disease & dementia

Tooth loss associated with increased cognitive impairment, dementia

Tooth loss is a risk factor for cognitive impairment and dementia—and with each tooth lost, the risk of cognitive decline grows, according to a new analysis led by researchers at NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing and published ...

Alzheimer's disease & dementia

Travellers struggle to cope with family dementia

Gypsies and Travellers struggle to cope with dementia in family members, and are often in denial about a loved-one's condition or try to hide it, a new research report has found.

Health

Supporting dignity at end of life

At the end of life, people may have to rely on others for help with showering, dressing and going to the toilet. This loss of privacy and independence can be confronting and difficult.

Gerontology & Geriatrics

Using old and young blood to study age-related muscle loss

An innovative model using human blood samples to study muscle protein growth may help advance scientists' understanding of age-related muscle loss. The study is published ahead of print in the American Journal of Physiology-Cell ...

Gerontology & Geriatrics

Hearing impairment tied to poorer physical function

Hearing impairment is associated with significantly poorer physical function and faster declines in physical function among older people over time compared with those with normal hearing, according to a study published online ...