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Good mood helps boost brain power in older adults

Good mood helps boost brain power in older adults | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
Older adults can improve their decision making and working memory simply by putting on a happy face, a new study suggests.
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Wandering Minds Associated With Aging Cells | www.ucsf.edu

Wandering Minds Associated With Aging Cells | www.ucsf.edu | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

Scientific studies have suggested that a wandering mind indicates unhappiness, whereas a mind that is present in the moment indicates well-being. Now a preliminary UCSF study suggests a possible link between mind wandering and aging, by looking at a biological measure of longevity.

 

In the study, telomere length, an emerging biomarker for cellular and general bodily aging, was assessed in association with the tendency to be present in the moment versus the tendency to mind wander, in research on 239 healthy, midlife women ranging in age from 50 to 65 years.

 

Being present in the moment was defined as an inclination to be focused on current tasks, while mind wandering was defined as the inclination to have thoughts about things other than the present or being elsewhere.

 

According to the findings, published online on Nov. 15 in the new Association for Psychological Science journal Clinical Psychological Science, those who reported more mind wandering had shorter telomeres, while those who reported more presence in the moment, or having a greater focus and engagement with their current activities, had longer telomeres, even after adjusting for current stress.

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The Aging Brain Is More Malleable Than Previously Believed

Neuroscientists are finding that, as we get older, our aging brains are proving surprisingly malleable, and in ways not previously anticipated. But there are limitations.
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» Weight Training Helps Prevent Dementia - Psych Central News

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A new study shows that an exercise program that features resistance training improves the cognitive functioning of older women.
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Trouble coping with the unfamiliar as you age? Blame your white matter

Trouble coping with the unfamiliar as you age? Blame your white matter | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

A brain-mapping study has found that people's ability to make decisions in novel situations decreases with age and is associated with a reduction in the integrity of two specific white-matter pathways.

"The evidence that this decline in decision-making is associated with white-matter integrity suggests that there may be effective ways to intervene," said Gregory R. Samanez-Larkin, the post-doctoral fellow in Vanderbilt's psychology department and Institute of Imaging Science, who is the study's first author. "Several studies have shown that white-matter connections can be strengthened by specific forms of cognitive training."

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Old Age and Treachery: How older workers outperform their younger colleagues

Old Age and Treachery: How older workers outperform their younger colleagues | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
Baltes and others distinguish between 'pragmatics'—strategies used—and 'mechanics'—the physical infrastructure that controls the ability to do the task. Younger people typically have stronger and more intact mechanical systems, but lack the more sophisticated pragmatics painstakingly acquired through expert practice. 
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RSNA press release: Reading, Writing and Playing Games May Help Aging Brains Stay Healthy

RSNA press release: Reading, Writing and Playing Games May Help Aging Brains Stay Healthy | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

Mental activities like reading and writing can preserve structural integrity in the brains of older people, according to a new study presented November 25, 2012, at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).

 

The researchers will continue to follow the study participants with an eye toward comparing the results over time.

 

"In these participants, we've shown an association between late-life cognitive activity and structural integrity, but we haven't shown that one causes the other," Dr. Arfanakis said. "We want to follow the same patients over time to demonstrate a causal link."

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How elderly go from being perceived as capable consumer to 'old person'

How elderly go from being perceived as capable consumer to 'old person' | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
Many baby boomers want to improve the way people view aging, but a researcher has found they often reinforce negative stereotypes of old age when interacting with their own parents, coloring the way those seniors experience their twilight years.
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» Sound Sleep Patterns Keeps Seniors Out of Institutions - Psych Central News

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Researchers say fragmented or interrupted sleep is a predictor for placement of an elder into an assisted living or long-term care facility.
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WHO: Dementia cases worldwide will triple by 2050

WHO: Dementia cases worldwide will triple by 2050 | Mom Psych | Scoop.it

In the last few decades, dementia has become a major public health issue in rich countries. But with populations in poor and middle-income countries projected to grow and age rapidly over the coming decades, WHO appealed for greater public awareness and better support programs everywhere.

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Non-Progressive Mild Cognitive Impairment: Case Examples 1 | Psychology Today

Non-Progressive Mild Cognitive Impairment: Case Examples 1 | Psychology Today | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
Some with mild cognitive impairment do not progress to dementia: Case examples By Douglas Hyde Powell, Ed.D., A.B.P.P....

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» Physical Health Declines, But Mental Health Improves with Age - Psych Central News

» Physical Health Declines, But Mental Health Improves with Age - Psych Central News | Mom Psych | Scoop.it
Mature adults have cause for optimism as a new study finds that growing older and heavier does not reduce our mental well-being.
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