Osteoarthritis May Play a Role in Social Isolation

When older adults become socially isolated, their health and well-being can suffer. Now a new study suggests a link between being socially isolated and osteoarthritis (arthritis), a condition that causes…

Excessive Brain Activity Linked to Shorter Life Span

Video: New research links excess neural activity — the flickering light seen in this image — to reduced longevity. Credit: Yankner lab, Harvard Medical School. The brain’s neural activity —…

Extended Hormone Therapy During Menopause Aids Cognition

Emerging research suggests a longer period of estrogen replacement therapy provides a prolonged cognitive benefit. However, investigators acknowledge that the risk-to-benefit balance of hormone therapy use is complicated and must…

Slower Walkers Have Older Brains and Bodies at 45

A new study shows that people with a lower walking speed at the age of 45 have accelerated aging of both their bodies and their brains. Using a 19-measure scale,…

Chair Yoga May Improve Quality of Life in Dementia Patients

Chair yoga may help improve quality of life in older adults with moderate-to-severe dementia, according to a new study by Florida Atlantic University (FAU). Chair yoga provides a safe environment…

Exposure to Violence Tied to Loneliness, Hypervigilance, Health Issues

Exposure to community and police violence can negatively impact a person’s physical and psychosocial health, according to new research published in the journal Health Affairs. The research involved two studies…

Antidepressant Use By Those Over 65 In UK Doubled Over 20 Years

New research from the United Kingdom finds that antidepressant use among those  over 65 more than doubled over two decades. But despite the rise in antidepressant use, there was little…

Menopausal Night Sweats Linked to Impaired Cognitive Performance

A new study suggests that women who experience night sweats are more vulnerable to cognitive dysfunction as their sleep duration increases. Previous studies have shown a link between daytime hot…

Walking Patterns Differ Between Alzheimer’s Disease, Lewy Body Dementia

A new U.K. study reveals distinct walking variations between people with Lewy body dementia and those with Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers from Newcastle University in England found that people with Lewy…