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Happy People Are Healthier, Too

Happy People Are Healthier, Too | Senior Care | Scoop.it
People who enjoy life maintain better physical function in their daily activities and keep up faster walking speeds as they age, compared with people who enjoy life less, according to a new study.
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“The study shows that older people who are happier and enjoy life more show slower declines in physical function as they age,” said lead author Steptoe. “They are less likely to develop impairments in daily activities such as dressing or getting in or out of bed, and their walking speed declines at a slower rate than those who enjoy life less.”

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Sandy Spencer's curator insight, January 24, 2014 9:01 AM

It's not the first time I've heard this message. And I believe it. If you scan newspapers for all those elders with birthdays in the 90-100, you seldom see any grouchy old men and women. :)

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Trial By Fire: Caregiving for mother with CRPS ignites passion for world advocacy - Caregiving Cafe Blog

Trial By Fire: Caregiving for mother with CRPS ignites passion for world advocacy - Caregiving Cafe Blog | Senior Care | Scoop.it

Trial by Fire tells the story of a man’s journey helping his mother to live with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD).  One of the goals Charles Mattocks has is to increase awareness of this debilitating and crippling disease so that it can be successfully treated.

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Charles Mattocks @CMattocks1:  My mother was diagnosed with CRPS a few years ago and I wanted to do something to help her.  I recently lost my father out of the blue to cancer and I saw my mother going down hill. #CRPS #RSD #HealthCare #Seniors #SeniorCare #Caregivers #Caregiving #Pain

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Metabolic Syndrome Significantly Worsens Cardiovascular Disease

Metabolic Syndrome Significantly Worsens Cardiovascular Disease | Senior Care | Scoop.it
New research finds adults with metabolic syndrome are twice as likely to die from disease compared to healthier adults.
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"The analysis tells us diabetes and high blood pressure are significant factors that elevate the risk of death from cardiovascular disease among people with metabolic syndrome," Dr. Eun-Jung  #HealthCare #Health #Diabetes #HighBloodPressure #Seniors #SeniorCare #Caregiving #Caregivers 

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92-Year-Old Sets Marathon Record

92-Year-Old Sets Marathon Record | Senior Care | Scoop.it
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A 92-year-old cancer survivor rocked her way into the record books Sunday, becoming the oldest woman to finish a marathon.

Harriette Thompson of Charlotte, North Carolina, co

Via Peter Mellow
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She didn't begin running marathons until she was in her 70s, after a member of her church approached her about being one of her sponsors in the marathon to raise money to fight leukemia and lymphoma. #Seniors #SeniorCare #Caregiving #Cancer #Caregiver #Marathon

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4 Dark Sides To The Pursuit of Happiness - PsyBlog

4 Dark Sides To The Pursuit of Happiness  - PsyBlog | Senior Care | Scoop.it
Fake smile? Here's how to avoid four hurdles on the road to happiness.
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Yale University’s Dr June Gruber has spent years researching happiness and has found that sometimes, at the extremes, the search for happiness can go wrong. But where are those extremes?

#Seniors #SeniorCare #Caregivers #Caregiving #Happiness

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Drug Perks Up Old Muscles and Aging Brains

Drug Perks Up Old Muscles and Aging Brains | Senior Care | Scoop.it
Whether you’re brainy, brawny or both, you may someday benefit from a drug found to rejuvenate aging brain and muscle tissue.


Aging is ascribed, in part, to the failure of adult stem cells to generate replacements for damaged cells and thus repair the body’s tissues. Researchers have shown that this decreased stem cell activity is largely a result of inhibitory chemicals in the environment around the stem cell, some of them dumped there by the immune system as a result of chronic, low-level inflammation that is also a hallmark of aging.

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Schaffer and Conboy’s research groups are now collaborating on a multi-pronged approach in which modulation of two key biochemical regulators might lead to safe restoration of stem cell responses in multiple aged and pathological tissues.  #Seniors #SeniorCare #Ageing #Caregivers #Caregiving


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We Need Caregiving for Caregivers of Parents with Dementia

We Need Caregiving for Caregivers of Parents with Dementia | Senior Care | Scoop.it
RT @oklabecca: We Need Caregiving for Caregivers of Parents with Dementia http://t.co/TIUO9zmiuY

Via Curtis Lee Ellett
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Caregiving for an elderly person with dementia can seem like a piece of cake early on in the process. But as it progresses, and more of their brain switches off, it becomes increasingly fraught. #Seniors #SeniorCare #Health #HealthCare #Caregivers #Caregiving 

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You're NOT as old as you feel - inside you're ageless

You're NOT as old as you feel - inside you're ageless | Senior Care | Scoop.it
Researchers from Southampton University questioned almost 1,200 people and asked them about their attitudes to the ageing process, with 10 per cent claiming they had a subjective age such as 'I always feel 18 inside'.
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‘Some people, however, really don’t care about age at all, they really think they are ageless.  ‘They are not bothered about how old other people are, how they dress or behave, and they have friends of all ages.  #Seniors #Age #SeniorCare, #Health #Caregivers #Caregiving




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Chuck's curator insight, May 8, 7:04 PM

We knew this all along. How about something new?

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Emergency room visits up, despite Obamacare | WashingtonExaminer.com

Emergency room visits up, despite Obamacare | WashingtonExaminer.com | Senior Care | Scoop.it
Too many Americans get care in emergency rooms instead of doctors offices — and expanded health coverage is making the problem worse rather than fixing it.
Three in four emergency room doctors said patient visits have increased since the Affordable Care Act's requirement to have health insurance went into effect, in an email survey released Monday by the American College of Emergency Physicians.
That's not the news some healthcare advocates had hoped for. The thought was that by expanding health
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But instead of pulling back on emergency room care, the newly insured now have a plan to pay for those visits so they're not responsible for the entire bill. And that seems to be driving the change in patient load, at least for now. #ACA #EmergencyRoom #EmergencyDoctors #Seniors #SeniorCare 

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Two Personality Traits Which Predict Long Life - PsyBlog

Two Personality Traits Which Predict Long Life - PsyBlog | Senior Care | Scoop.it
Why friends are better at predicting how long you'll live from personality traits.
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The kicker is that it’s your friends — not you — who are better at judging these personality traits from the outside. #Health #Seniors #Longevity #Caregiving #Caregivers

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Meditation Changes Your Brain For The Better

Meditation Changes Your Brain For The Better | Senior Care | Scoop.it
According to a new study, meditation’s benefits may extend to treating migraines and cognitive impairment.
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Yet another study found that mindfulness and meditation improved sleep quality among older people, and might even work better than melatonin or other sleep aid pills.  #Seniors #SeniorCare #Caregivers #Caregivers #Meditation 

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A Sense of Purpose Helps You Live Longer - PsyBlog

A Sense of Purpose Helps You Live Longer - PsyBlog | Senior Care | Scoop.it
"Some people wander aimlessly through life, but I am not one of them."
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No matter what your age, new research finds, having a sense of purpose helps you live longer. #Seniors #Purpose #SeniorCare #Caregiving #Caregivers 

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California man, 95, sets world record as oldest active pilot

California man, 95, sets world record as oldest active pilot | Senior Care | Scoop.it
The Air Force veteran has been a pilot for 72 years and says he flies about twice a month.
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Weber was 95 years, 4 months and 23 days old when he flew three looping circles around an airfield near Sacramento on March 30. #Seniors #SeniorCare #Flying #Pilot

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Exercise Is Key to Healthy Aging | NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine

Exercise Is Key to Healthy Aging | NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine | Senior Care | Scoop.it

Dr. Hodes talks about how important it is to exercise regularly—at any age! | NIH Medlineplus the Magazine."   Exercise is perhaps the best demonstrated way to maintain good health, fitness, and independence. 

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Research has shown that regular physical activity improves quality of life for older adults and decreases the risk of cardiovascular disease and many other illnesses and disabilities. In many ways, it is the best prescription we have for healthy, successful aging.  #Seniors #SeniorCare #Health #HealthCare #Caregiving #Caregivers 

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Doctors Are Poorly Trained in End-of-Life Care, but That Can Change

Doctors Are Poorly Trained in End-of-Life Care, but That Can Change | Senior Care | Scoop.it

Palliative care has shown its worth. Several studies during the 2000s suggested that such care might increase patient survival compared with standard practice, possibly because it reduces patient depression and high-risk medical procedures.


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Only 6,500 physicians are board-certified in hospice and palliative care, the specialty focused on pain relief and end-of-life care. That number is between 6,000 and 18,000 fewer physicians than we need, according to a 2010 estimate.   #SeniorCare #Seniors #Health #HealthCare #Caregiving #Caregivers

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50 per cent of people with high blood pressure are not aware | The Guardian Nigeria

50 per cent of people with high blood pressure are not aware | The Guardian Nigeria | Senior Care | Scoop.it
50 per cent of people with high blood pressure are not aware
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They said: “Hypertension should never be considered a minor health problem. The disease itself causes heart attacks, paralysis, renal failure, thickening of the arteries and several other diseases if ignored. A patient in such a situation should never think of self-medication.”  #Health #SeniorCare #HealthCare #Caregiving #Caregivers

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Novartis's 'robotic pill'

Novartis's 'robotic pill' | Senior Care | Scoop.it

Novartis is collaborating with Rani Therapeutics, a US start-up in an endeavour to produce a so-called ‘robotic pill’ enabling a convenient administration of complex biotech drugs that are otherwise, normally given by injection.

 



Via Andrew Spong, Lionel Reichardt / le Pharmageek, Adrian Adewunmi Ph.D
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Rani’s capsule looks very much like a conventional pill, and is swallowed in the same way. However, the underlying mechanism of action differs in that the pill contains tiny needles made of sugar that are pushed into the wall of the intestine to deliver the drug.  #Seniors #SeniorCare #Drugs #Caregivers #Caregiving

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Jerome Leleu's curator insight, May 30, 2:46 AM

ajouter votre perspicacité ...

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7 Wise Happiness Quotes - But Which Ones Are Really True? - PsyBlog

7 Wise Happiness Quotes - But Which Ones Are Really True? - PsyBlog | Senior Care | Scoop.it
Answers to: whether happiness comes with age, whether it is better to be unemployed than in a job you hate, and more...
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People really do get happier as they get older.  In the survey, people over 65 were 14 times more likely to be happy than unhappy.  

#Seniors #SeniorCare #Caregivers #Caregiving #Happiness

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Orange Juice is Good for Your Brain

Orange Juice is Good for Your Brain | Senior Care | Scoop.it
Drinking orange juice could help improve brain function in elderly people, according to new research from the University of Reading.
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This study is thought to be one of the first to show that regularly consuming orange juice flavanones could have a positive effect on older people's cognition.  #Seniors #SeniorCare #Health #HealthCare #Caregivers #Caregiving

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A Letter to My Fellow Caregivers - Huffington Post (blog)

A Letter to My Fellow Caregivers - Huffington Post (blog) | Senior Care | Scoop.it
It's normal to look at other middle-aged daughters who accompany their parents to the doctor's office and wonder how they could let themselves go. It's normal to look in the bathroom mirror and realize you have let yourself go.

Via Curtis Lee Ellett
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It's normal to just want to be alone.  Caregiving is a roller coaster. Sometimes you have to hang on for dear life and sometimes you need to just let go. It's normal.  #SeniorCare #Seniors #Caregivers #Caregiving #Parents

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B-Aware of brain tumor symptoms

B-Aware of brain tumor symptoms | Senior Care | Scoop.it

#BrainTumorThursday - Did you know that there are over 120 different types of brain tumors? Brain cancer is a disease that used to be a death sentence, but not anymore thanks to laser surgery and new clinical trials.

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#BrainTumorThursday Fox 8’s Wayne Dawson found out just how far we’ve come in the area of finding and treating brain tumors.  Click here to learn more about Cleveland Clinic Hospitals Neurosurgeon Dr. Violette Recinas. #BrainTumor #BrainCancer #BTSM #Caregivers #Caregiving #DIPG 

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#BrainTumorThursday Fox 8’s Wayne Dawson found out just how far we’ve come in the area of finding and treating brain tumors.  Click here to learn more about Cleveland Clinic Hospitals Neurosurgeon Dr. Violette Recinas. #BrainTumor #BrainCancer #BTSM #Caregivers #Caregiving #DIPG 

Chuck's curator insight, May 8, 7:03 PM

Did you know? It was news to me. check it out....

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Living Far From These Eyesores Keeps The Brain Healthy - PsyBlog

Living Far From These Eyesores Keeps The Brain Healthy - PsyBlog | Senior Care | Scoop.it
New research links living near these to a 46% increase in stroke risk.
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Particles of pollution can travel deep into the lungs and have been linked to strokes, heart attacks and other cardiovascular problems. #Seniors #Seniorcare #Caregivers #Caregiving

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This Is What Happens To Your Tattoos As You Age [SLIDESHOW]

This Is What Happens To Your Tattoos As You Age [SLIDESHOW] | Senior Care | Scoop.it
Seniors who submitted photos to the blog BoredPanda reveal the beauty of tattoos' permanency on aging skin.
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Aging skin changes the shape, composition, and elasticity of tattoos because they are embedded in the skin. Tattoo aging is comparable to a faded colored cloth; the tattoo begins to lose its detail in terms of color and definition. #Seniors #Tattoo #Aging #SeniorCare #Caregiving #Caregivers

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Chuck's curator insight, May 8, 7:06 PM

Something that we knew all along. And another good reason to leave off the 'tats.

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The Age At Which Sleep Matters Most For a Good Memory - PsyBlog

The Age At Which Sleep Matters Most For a Good Memory - PsyBlog | Senior Care | Scoop.it
The age at which sleep has the greatest influence on cognitive function.
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However, people in their 70s, 80s and 90s do not typically sleep so well and the link to a good memory is less strong.  #SeniorCare, #Caregivers #Caregiving #HealthCare


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3 Inner Virtues That Come With Age Which May Surprise You - PsyBlog

3 Inner Virtues That Come With Age Which May Surprise You - PsyBlog | Senior Care | Scoop.it
On top of wisdom, there are three inner virtues which unexpectedly come with age.
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People become more trusting as they get older, a new study finds.

This is just the reverse of the stereotype of cynical, suspicious, grumpy seniors played on by many a sitcom. #Seniors #SeniorCare #Trust #Caregiving #Caregivers

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Early Fitness Preserves Thinking Skills 25 Years Later - PsyBlog

Early Fitness Preserves Thinking Skills 25 Years Later - PsyBlog | Senior Care | Scoop.it
Even if you are already in middle age or later, the study has some good news.
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“This is one more important study that should remind young adults of the brain health benefits of cardio fitness activities such as running, swimming, biking or cardio fitness classes.” #Seniors #SeniorCare #Exercise #Caregivers #Caregiving

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