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New research suggests only 12% of older Americans have dental insurance

New research suggests only 12% of older Americans have dental insurance

Only 12 percent of older Americans have some form of dental insurance and fewer than half visited a dentist in the previous year, suggests new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health research on Medicare beneficiaries. [More]
LivHOME Connect offers new way for seniors to stay safe, secure and connected with family

LivHOME Connect offers new way for seniors to stay safe, secure and connected with family

Seniors living at home now have a new way to stay safe, secure and connected with the world: LivHOME Connect. [More]
New study finds downward trend in dementia prevalence among American seniors

New study finds downward trend in dementia prevalence among American seniors

In a hopeful sign for the health of the nation's brains, the percentage of American seniors with dementia is dropping, a new study finds. [More]

IU receives NSF funding to establish ‘HomeSHARE’ project for research on older adults

As part of a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation, Indiana University has received over $670,000 to establish "HomeSHARE," the first networked system of smart homes designed to advance research on older adults. [More]
Low-impact exercise program for seniors helps reduce pain, improve mobility and enhance quality of life

Low-impact exercise program for seniors helps reduce pain, improve mobility and enhance quality of life

It's never too late to reap the benefits of exercise, and that includes older adults with arthritis and other muscle and joint conditions, according to a study. [More]
Simple picures could help seniors understand medication instructions

Simple picures could help seniors understand medication instructions

Simple images designed to convey information about prescription drugs could help save lives and reduce the economic burden of non-adherence to treatment. [More]
Comfortable living conditions, independence can help elderly Chinese immigrants feel at home in the U.S.

Comfortable living conditions, independence can help elderly Chinese immigrants feel at home in the U.S.

Having comfortable living conditions and independence from their adult children can help elderly Chinese immigrants find a sense of home and life satisfaction in the United States, but the inability to speak fluent English makes them feel unsettled, according to a research study. [More]
Many diabetic patients skip sight-saving annual eye exams, study finds

Many diabetic patients skip sight-saving annual eye exams, study finds

People with diabetes are at increased risk of developing serious eye diseases, yet most do not have sight-saving annual eye exams, according to a large study presented this week at AAO 2016, the 120th annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. [More]
Physical fitness in elders may play key role in protecting from cardiovascular risk factors

Physical fitness in elders may play key role in protecting from cardiovascular risk factors

It may not be enough just to meet public health guidelines for physical activity if you want to stave off the negative effects of a sedentary lifestyle. [More]
High age-specific fitness reduces cardiovascular risk posed by extended sedentary time

High age-specific fitness reduces cardiovascular risk posed by extended sedentary time

More and more studies confirm that sitting is bad for our health, increasing the likelihood of developing cardiovascular disease and other lifestyle-related illnesses such as diabetes. [More]

Student and faculty researchers develop smart skin biomedical sensor to measure physiological parameters

Student and faculty researchers at Wichita State University are creating a smart skin biomedical sensor that could someday be used by NASA. [More]
Technology motivates older people in nursing homes to exercise

Technology motivates older people in nursing homes to exercise

Virtual Reality can get the elderly in nursing homes to be happier about exercising. A new research project from Aalborg University shows that the technology motivates older people in nursing homes to get moving. [More]
Cognitive training programs may help older adults to continue driving over next 10 years

Cognitive training programs may help older adults to continue driving over next 10 years

Older adults who participate in training designed to improve cognitive ability are more likely to continue driving over the next 10 years than those who do not, according to health researchers. [More]
UCLA-led study to evaluate treatment strategies for older adults with depression

UCLA-led study to evaluate treatment strategies for older adults with depression

More than half of older adults who are treated for depression find that eventually their treatments are no longer effective. When depression persists, these people are at greater risk of accelerated aging, declining mental health and even suicide. [More]
Study finds rising trends in marijuana use among college students

Study finds rising trends in marijuana use among college students

College student marijuana use continues its nearly decade-long increase, according to the most recent national Monitoring the Future study. [More]
New study explores why cost of dying higher for African Americans and Hispanics

New study explores why cost of dying higher for African Americans and Hispanics

Dying in America is an expensive process, with about one in four Medicare dollars going to care for people in their last year of life. But for African Americans and Hispanics, the cost of dying is far higher than it is for whites. [More]
Multi-purpose protein may offer clues for successful treatment of Alzheimer's disease

Multi-purpose protein may offer clues for successful treatment of Alzheimer's disease

The tidal wave approaches. In the coming decades, Alzheimer's disease is projected to exact a devastating economic and emotional toll on society, with patient numbers in the US alone expected to reach 13.5 million by mid-century at a projected cost of over a trillion dollars. [More]
RPB continues research initiative to address urgent needs in treating low vision

RPB continues research initiative to address urgent needs in treating low vision

Research to Prevent Blindness is continuing its research initiative to address urgent needs in understanding and treating low vision. [More]
Non-wearable sensor system can be used to predict risk of falling among seniors within 3 weeks

Non-wearable sensor system can be used to predict risk of falling among seniors within 3 weeks

Each year, millions of people--especially those 65 and older--fall. Such falls can be serious, leading to broken bones, head injuries, hospitalizations or even death. Now, researchers from the Sinclair School of Nursing and the College of Engineering at the University of Missouri found that sensors that measure in-home gait speed and stride length can predict likely falls. [More]
Non-wearable sensor system measures walking patterns of senior citizens to predict risk of falling

Non-wearable sensor system measures walking patterns of senior citizens to predict risk of falling

Each year, millions of people—especially those 65 and older—fall. Such falls can be serious, leading to broken bones, head injuries, hospitalizations or even death. [More]
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