Gerontology is the study of the social, psychological and biological aspects of aging.
For older adults with multiple chronic conditions and complex care requirements, transitioning between levels of care and across care settings is common.
Older people are often seen as a social and financial burden. In order to counteract this discrimination based on age, a new study will be exploring the various facets of active aging. This study is carried out by Professor Taina Rantanen, from the Gerontology Research Center at the University of Jyväskylä in Finland. She sees active ageing as the interaction of various factors such as skills, activity, aspirations and autonomy.
Social issues such as hunger, inadequate housing, social isolation, and poverty are linked to poor health, especially as we age. When community organizations and healthcare systems coordinate with each other, they are better able to help us address these concerns individually and as a society.
We've all asked ourselves these types of questions: Where did I leave my keys? What was his name? Where did I park my car?
About 25 percent of older adults admitted to hospitals have dementia and are at increased risk for serious problems like in-hospital falls and delirium (the medical term for an abrupt, rapid change in mental function). As a result, older adults with dementia are more likely to do poorly during hospital stays compared to older adults without dementia.
Because people are now living longer and often healthier lives, the rate of some illnesses that are more likely to develop with age has risen. These illnesses include dementia. In fact, the number of us living with dementia was already 47 million worldwide in 2015. It could reach 131 million by 2050.
A research study by the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in collaboration with the University of La Laguna demonstrates in mice the biological relevance of sex in the effects of accelerated ageing caused by a chronic treatment of D-galactose, a sugar found abundantly in milk and to a lesser extent in fruits and vegetables.
Higher levels of lifestyle physical activity – such as house cleaning, walking a dog and gardening, as well as exercise – are associated with more gray matter in the brains of older adults, according to a study by researchers at Rush University Medical Center.
Want to live a long and healthy life? Of course. Well, that's not going to just happen. It'll take some effort – especially if you're already 65 or older.
A recent study at the University of Jyväskylä has found a surprisingly high level of mental well-being among middle-aged individuals.
A recently published study, conducted at the Gerontology Research Center of the University of Jyväskylä, found associations between features of natural environment in the home neighborhood and physical activity of older people.
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a brain disorder that destroys memory and thinking skills over time. It is the most common form of dementia in older adults.
A key feature of Alzheimer's disease is memory loss and losing one's ability to think and make decisions (also called "cognitive ability"). Those changes can begin slowly, during a phase called "mild cognitive impairment" (or MCI). A variety of diseases can cause MCI, but the most common is Alzheimer's disease.
When older adults arrive at a hospital's emergency department (ED), they may face unexpected challenges. For example, they may become less able to function independently.
Today, Insilico Medicine, Inc., a Baltimore-based company specializing in the application of artificial intelligence for drug discovery, biomarker development and aging research, announced a publication of a research paper titled "Population-specific biomarkers of human aging: a big data study using South Korean, Canadian and Eastern-European patient populations" in The Journal of Gerontology.
Researchers suspect that having Metabolic Syndrome makes it harder for older adults to respond to therapies for depression.
Twice a day, the 86-year-old man went for long walks and visited with neighbors along the way. Then, one afternoon he fell while mowing his lawn. In the emergency room, doctors diagnosed a break in his upper arm and put him in a sling.
Experts say that a lack of physical activity leads to age-related weakness and poor health in older adults. Official guidelines suggest that healthy older adults spend at least 2.5 hours every week doing moderate activity (such as brisk walking), or at least 1.25 hours per week doing vigorous exercise (such as jogging or running).
Oral health issues are common among older adults. These issues include tooth loss, gum disease, tooth decay, and dry mouth.
Blood pressure in the elderly gradually begins to decrease about 14 or so years before death, according to a new study published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association Internal Medicine.+