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Researchers find that laughter therapy can help improve health in older people

As per a recent research conducted at la Trobe University, laughter therapy can significantly result in improvement in elderly people health. The study assessed the effect of laughter yoga combined with breathing, clapping, and chuckling in around 28 people in aged-care home. At the end of the study improvement in health, emotional wellbeing and also a drop in blood pressure was observed. Though laughter therapy is not going to replace the need for medication but it may be one of the way to boost the health.

Ketamine may be a potential safe treatment for older people suffering from Depression

According to a latest research, 50% of the patients taking Ketamine were cured due to the medication. The study was carried out by Australian researchers for 6 months and at the end of the treatment more than half patients were cured. The drug is illegal and been investigated by scientist for last few years. However the sample size of the study conducted at University of New South Wales was small only 16 patients but this paves way for further research on the drug.

Research says more than 40% elderly people face psychological issues in India

It has been found that 45% elderly people have claimed that their family does not care about their needs and interests. The study was conducted on 50,000 persons across the country during the month of June/July in this year. It was also observed that 43 out of 100 elderly people in India were found to be victims of psychological problems due to loneliness, and various other relationship issues. Ignoring their rights and needs will surely pose a great threat to social development.

Trumpcare can lead to cuts in Medicaid services for elderly people especially in Virginia State

Cuts in Medicaid funding by American Health Act is a bad news for Virginia State people. This will lead to cuts in services for elderly people and people with disabilities. Obamacare did not do anything like that but the States which chose to expand Medicaid under Obamacare will be the most affected states. However states like Virginia also have a great deal of money at stake.

Researchers have created an exoskeleton that can stop older people from falling down

Swiss and Italian scientist have developed a technology suit which can stop elderly people from falling by alerting them when they are about to fall. When it happens, certain motors start and re-establish the balance of the body. They call the technology ‘Stumble suit’. There is a software in the suit that maps the way a particular person walks and move and then creates an algorithm out of it. The might be an impactful research because number of elderly people involved in fatal injuries associated with falling is high as 40%.

Elderly people in UK are happier than ever

Per a survey conducted in UK, more than two third older people said that they feel happier than any other time point in their life. The study was conducted by Charity the Royal Voluntary Service and they questioned more than 1500 people to know the fact. Top tips recommended by them included metal exercise, physical work, hanging out with friends and family. We must say that this is really heartening and it is a good message for all older people around the world.

Influenza can lead to heart attack in elderly people

According to a medical expert, Dr Yasmin Mohamed Gani in Malaysia, enough evidence exists to prove that there is some link between influenza and heart attack. The doctor has seen such cases which died of heart attack and had influenza. Virus weakens the body’s immune system and makes it vulnerable to bacterial infections. He further added that vaccination should be done even if you are healthy to avoid such problems.

Blueberry juice improves brain functions in elderly people

Per a recent study conducted on people aged more than 60 years, blueberry concentrate is good for brain functions. The patients who drank the juice regularly showed significant improvement in cognitive functions due to better blood flow to brain. Cognitive functions declines as we grow older and just continuous consumption of just 30 ml juice every day increased the brain performance. The study included 26 people and findings need to be validated on larger population.

Only 1% or less elderly people are insured in India

According to industry reports, insurance coverage in India is very poor. Only 3.9% of the people are insured and the figure for elderly people is 0.5-0.8%. There is another point of frustration to insurance holders, after paying premium for years they come to know that cardiovascular, cataract, cancer, arthritis, osteoporosis, hypertension, Alzheimer disease are not covered.

In elderly people, low level of protein can enhance the kidney function decline

According to a study conducted at Tufts University USA, older people who have low level of proteins circulating in their blood at increased risk of decline in kidney functions. The finding showed that higher concentration of a soluble protein called klotho can help protect kidney from declining functions. The study was conducted on 2496 patients. Although more studies are needed to confirm the findings.

Plant compounds helps fight dementia and boost memory in aged people

The same compounds that give plants and vegetables their vibrant colours might be able to boost brain functioning in older adults, new research suggests. People get these compounds, known as carotenoids, from their diets, and two of them – lutein and zeaxanthin – have been shown in previous research to bolster eye and cognitive health in older adults. What is not known is the neural mechanisms underlying the relationship between these compounds and cognition, said first author of the study Cutter Lindbergh from Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, University of Georgia in the US. The researchers found that study participants with lower levels of these compounds had to rely on more brain power to complete memory-oriented tasks. More at: http://www.indialivetoday.com/

GPS-enabled bracelets would help elderly people to track if they are missing

About 12,000 elderly Chinese people suffering from problems such as dementia will get free Global Positioning System-enabled bracelets that would help prevent them from getting lost, officials said today. The bracelets with the GPS facility will be given to elderly people who have cognitive problems, Wang Ning, deputy mayor of Beijing said. By installing an app on their smartphones, children of the seniors can locate their parents. The elderly people can also make emergency calls with the bracelets, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. More at: http://www.thehindu.com/

Japan offering discounts to people on ramen noodles to stop driving

Japanese authorities seeking to drive accident-prone seniors off the road are offering them a discount on ramen noodles — if they say ‘pasta la vista’ to their licenses. Police in the central prefecture of Aichi promised aging drivers cut-rate ramen through a local eatery chain, Agence France-Presse reported. The offer comes amid a spate of deadly accidents caused by vehicles driven by the elderly — a growing problem in a country where 4.8 million people aged 75 or older have a license. Those who relinquish their license will receive a certificate that will cut prices from 590 to 500 yen – about $5.20 to $4.43. Last month, a 6-year-old boy died and 11 others were injured after an 87-year-old driver’s pickup truck struck kids walking to school on a street in Yokohama. More at: http://nypost.com/

Purple power! How drinking beetroot juice can make you run faster, help the elderly climb the stairs – and give competitors an advantage in sports

Eating beetroot can make you run faster, a study has found. The purple vegetable was found to boost sprint times over 20 metres by 2 per cent. While this may not sound much it is enough to give people an advantage in sports. It may also be of use to old people who need to get a boost to get up the stairs, or run for the bus, researchers said. The key to beetroot’s effect is nitrates, which increase the energy available to muscle cells. In the study, one group were given beetroot juice, while the other were given beetroot juice that had the nitrate content taken out. More at: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/

How glass toasters could help keep older people out of nursing homes for longer

How often do you burn the toast? I don’t mean overcook it a bit, I mean put the toast in so long smoke starts coming out of the slots. It’s happened once or twice to all of us. Maybe you left the dial up too high; maybe the toast wasn’t quite done, so you put it in for another go and forgot to pop it back up. The smoke rises, it sets off the smoke alarm and it ruins your nice calm breakfast. For most of your life, it is just a frustration, but David Panter, the chief executive at South Australian aged care provider ECH, says it is a huge problem for elderly people living on their own. More at: http://www.abc.net.au/

Can this new drug slow the progression of Alzheimer’s?

Alzheimer’s researchers have almost gotten used to having their hopes dashed when a promising drug fails to live up to its potential in clinical trials. But now a new therapy is injecting fresh optimism into the field, and the results are prompting scientists to say it’s the best news they’ve seen for treating this deadly disease in 25 years. The drug, developed and tested by biotech firm Biogen, is called aducanumab. In its clinical trial, the drug helped to erase beta amyloid, a sticky plaque that builds up in the brain and can lead to the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. The results of phase one of the study were reported in the journal Nature last month and included 165 patients with early stage Alzheimer’s. Patients with this level of the disease typically have trouble remembering conversations, using things around the house or concentrating, but can otherwise function on their own. The truly devastating part of Alzheimer’s is that these symptoms almost always continue to worsen. More at: http://www.cnbc.com/

IIT Bombay researchers a step closer to treating Parkinson’s disease

Researchers from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay (IIT B) have taken the first successful step at regenerating neurons in a Parkinson mouse model by using mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) encapsulated in an amyloid hydrogel. The hydrogels which provide scaffolding for stem cells to develop into neurons when implanted in the brain are developed from a special class of proteins called amyloids. The results were published in the journal NPG Asia Materials. The hydrogel enabled the delivery and engraftment of mesenchymal stem cells in two regions of the mice brain – substantia nigra and striatum – where the cells were injected. “We do not have direct proof that mesenchymal stem cells have become neurons. But the stem cells transplanted at the substantia nigra site were differentiating into neuron-like cells,” says Subhadeep Das from IITB-Monash Research Academy, IIT Bombay and the first author of the paper. More at: http://www.thehindu.com/

Why Old People Have Big Ears and Noses

Our hair and nails continue to grow until we die, but are there any other body parts that get bigger as we age? The late baseball sage Yogi Berra once said that you can observe a lot by watching. And it’s true. Watch a person age from 20 years old to 90 years old, and you may observe that the ears and the nose just keep getting bigger. Yogi himself was a prime example. Actually, there’s a reason that certain body parts get bigger, or at least seem to get bigger, as we age — but the science behind it all may surprise you. Trace Dominguezhas the scoop in today’s DNews report. For most people, male and female, primary development ends around age 21. You’re not likely to get any taller, and while your cells will continue to replace themselves throughout life, you’re no longer growing as an organism, strictly speaking. More at: http://www.seeker.com/

Older people want to live in own homes due to location, study finds

The vast majority of older people want to stay living in their own homes because they like the location rather than necessarily the home itself , a major new study has found. The report also says there is a gap in the housing and support options for older people, between remaining at home and going into a nursing home. This unfilled gap represents a potential housing market worth up the €25 billion. It says other housing options, with varying degrees of care built in, will be needed for a growing ageing population. The report, Housing for Older People – Thinking Ahead, was published on Wednesday by the Housing Agency and Ireland Smart Ageing Exchange. More at: http://www.irishtimes.com/

More than 1,300 elderly people go missing in China every day, report says

About 1,370 Chinese elderly go missing every day, a new report said, amid growing concerns the country’s ageing population is being neglected by children who leave their backwater hometowns for the booming cities. Elderly people in China often rely on their children for emotional and financial support, and caring for parents is considered the most sacred of Chinese virtues. But decades of economic growth have led many of today’s younger generations to focus more on their careers than their parents’ welfare. About 500,000 elderly people go missing in China every year, or 1,370 a day, the survey released by the Zhongmin Social Assistance Institute said. Most of the cases occur in rural communities and small cities, areas where young people often leave to find work in China’s fast-developing larger cities, said the report, which was sent to The Telegraph by the authors. More at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/

How cannabis could help the fight against Alzheimer’s

Some very good and surprising news from the experts at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in California – they say they’ve made a discovery that could lead to new therapies to treat Alzheimer’s. Boy do we need those. And the surprise is that their starting point is cannabis. The plant contains lots of different chemicals, and the researchers have found several that could turn out to be effective treatments for Alzheimer’s. One of those compounds, THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) – the key mind-altering element of cannabis – seems able to remove amyloid from the brain. What a step forward that would be as it would give hope to all sufferers. Amyloid, a toxic protein, is the main component of plaques that form in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients, and is considered by most doctors to be the hallmark of the disease. More at: http://www.mirror.co.uk/

Survey: Elderly people healthier, active

Elderly people are becoming increasingly active, engaging in such activities as online shopping and enjoying travel and hobbies, according to a survey by the Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry. Given such energetic, youthful elderly people, some have said the current definition of the elderly as those aged “65 or older” should be reviewed. The ministry released the results of the 2015 survey on elderly people to coincide with Respect-for-the-Aged Day last Monday. Elderly people aged 65 or older stood out when it came to annual spending on hobbies by households — annual spending on package tours by elderly households was ¥60,000 on average, the most among all age brackets and twice as much as that by the households of people aged from 25 to 44. This shows that elderly people are willing to spend money on their favorite hobbies. More at: http://the-japan-news.com/

Making laughter a part of exercise may boost overall health in the elderly

Incorporating laughter into a physical activity program for senior citizens can help improve their mental health, aerobic endurance and confidence in their ability to exercise claims a new study. In the study, older adults participated in a moderate-intensity group exercise program called ‘Laugh Active’ that incorporates playful simulated laughter — self-initiated as bodily exercise — into a strength, balance and flexibility workout. The findings showed that simulated laughter can be an ideal way for older adults with functional or cognitive impairment. Significant improvements were also found among participants in mental health, aerobic endurance and outcome expectations for exercise. Further, 96.2 per cent participants found laughter to be an enjoyable addition to a traditional exercise program, 88.9 per cent said laughter helped make exercise more accessible and 88.9 per cent reported the program enhanced their motivation to participate in other exercise classes or activities. More at: http://www.hindustantimes.com/

People aged above 70 more prone to Alzheimer’s disease: experts

Elderly people, especially those aged above 70, are more at risk of being affected by Alzheimer’s disease, an irreversible brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and eventually impairs the ability to carry out even the smallest tasks, say experts.  “The scenario in India is more or less similar to the one in the west. While old people are more vulnerable to be affected by Alzheimer’s, in some cases genetic factor also plays a role,” President of Indian Psychiatric Society Dr G Prasad Rao said. More at: http://www.business-standard.com/

Sex better for older women, less so for men, study suggests

mong people in their mid-50s or older who report having frequent, enjoyable sex, women are likely to have better than average heart health while men are more likely to have heart attacks and other problems, a U.S. study suggests. “The results for women are consistent with our expectation, but the results for men were surprising,” said lead author Hui Liu, an associate professor of sociology at Michigan State University in East Lansing. Older men may have more difficulties reaching an orgasm for medical or emotional reasons and may exert themselves to a greater degree of exhaustion and create relatively more stress on their cardiovascular system in order to achieve climax, Liu told Reuters Health by email. More at: http://www.cbc.ca/

Elderly People Who Use Electric Fans Could Be Doing Health More Harm Than Good

Elderly people who try to keep cool with electric fans could be doing their health no favours, according to a new study.  Researchers found that using fans to relieve heat and humidity – for example during a heatwave or on holiday – could actually increase the body temperature of those aged 60 and over.  This, scientists said, can increase strain on the heart. Electric fans keep young adults cool by increasing the evaporation of sweat. However scientists believe that “age-related impairments in sweating capacity” make fans an ineffective way of cooling down for older people. In fact, they drive body temperature up – increasing strain on the heart. More at: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/

Active use of Facebook, Twitter may reduce BP, diabetes in elderly people

Surprised to see your grandparents making friends on Facebook, chatting online or using instant messaging services on smartphones? If yes, take heart, as indulging in social media could reduce loneliness as well as chronic conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes in older adults. It is because, social media technology like emails, Twitter, Skype has the potential to cultivate successful relationships among older adults, the reseachers said. “Each of the links between social technology use and physical and psychological health was mediated by reduced loneliness,” said William Chopik, Assistant Professor at Michigan State University, in the US. The study also found that participants active on social media platforms were generally more satisfied with life and had fewer depressive symptoms as well as chronic conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes. More at: http://indianexpress.com/

Depression a strong predictor of heart disease in black, but not white, older and adults

ANN ARBOR—Symptoms of depression lead to a greater risk of heart disease in older black adults, but not in white adults, reports a new study from the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research. The study, published online in Research in Cardiovascular Medicine, used 18 years of data from ISR’s landmark Health and Retirement Study. The HRS is a longitudinal, biennial survey of a nationally representative sample of U.S. adults ages 50 and older. The researchers analyzed a sample of 7,444 black and white survey respondents first interviewed in 1994, when they were between 53 and 63 years old. The participants reported whether they had symptoms of depression, including loneliness and restless sleep. They also were asked whether they had had a heart attack, or had been diagnosed with coronary artery disease, angina, congestive heart failure or other heart problems. More at: http://ns.umich.edu/new

Prescription drugs: Underuse or misuse by old people can be risky

Underuse or misuse of prescription drugs is big issue among old people. A new study has found that many elderly people are risking their health by taking prescription medicines ‘inappropriately’. The study from Belgium also found a link between underuse, not taking essential medications, and an increased risk of dying or needing to be hospitalised. Appropriate prescribing of medications is a major challenge in the care of elderly adults because older patients tend to be more sensitive to the effects of medications than younger patients, and they often have multiple conditions requiring numerous prescriptions that could negatively interact with each other. More at: http://www.hindustantimes.com/

Mediterranean diet may help maintain brain health in older people

Elderly people who follow a Mediterranean-style diet may benefit from better brain health and a lower risk for cognitive impairment later in life, according to a new U.S. study. “It suggests that a healthy dietary pattern and specific dietary components have impact on biomarkers of brain pathology,” senior researcher Rosebud Roberts of the Mayo Clinic’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center in Rochester, Minnesota, told Reuters Health by email. A Mediterranean-style diet includes fish, lean meat, legumes, nuts, whole grains, fruits, vegetables and healthy fats. The diet has been linked to better heart and bone health. Roberts and colleagues analyzed data from 672 participants in the Mayo Clinic Study of Aging. At the start, none of the participants had dementia, and they weren’t in hospice or terminally ill. Residents from Olmsted County, Minnesota, entered the study in 2004, at ages 70 to 89.More at: http://www.reuters.com

‘20% elderly population suffering from spinal stenosis’

New Delhi: Around 20 per cent of the elderly Indian population is suffering from spinal stenosis and the figure might increase manifold in the coming years due to increasing obesity among them, doctors said on Wednesday. According to doctors, the problem, which is more common among the overweight old population, has risen as obesity became common among them.

“Spinal stenosis is not a pleasant disease. It is very less among the older population having controlled weight, but now a days the problem of obesity has risen among the old population and they have started becoming a victim of spinal stenosis. The percentage is somewhere around 20 percent of the total old population of India,” according to AIIMS.More at: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/

Testosterone may be key to maintaining sexual function in older men

Research, published this week in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology, gives hope to older men who have lost their sexual drive or suffer from erectile dysfunction. Testosterone replacement therapy might be the answer. Researchers have shown that testosterone treatment helps improve sexual function in younger men who have lower androgen levels due to problems with the testes, hypothalamus, or pituitary. However, despite its widespread adoption in the aging population, there is scant evidence as to how testosterone treatment might help in the treatment of sexual dysfunction in older men. Previous studies have been limited in size and delivered contradictory or inconclusive results.

More at: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/

old_bb_20160616Why elderly people struggle to recall important details?

Older people struggle to remember important details because their brains cannot resist the irrelevant “stuff” they soak up subconsciously and as a result they tend to be less confident in their memories, a new study has found. Researchers from Georgia Institute of Technology in the US looked at brain activity from Electroencephalography (EEG) sensors and saw that older participants wandered into a brief “mental time travel” when trying to recall details. More at: http://post.jagran.com/

Older people can reduce death risk by daily, brisk 15-minute walk

Fifteen minutes of exercise a day may be a reasonable target for people over 60 who do not feel able to reach current recommended targets for the amount of time they spend doing physical activity, experts said. If older people engage in a low level of exercise their risk of death reduces 22% compared with those who are inactive, according to a study presented at the EuroPRevent 2016 conference.

More at: http://www.breakingnews.ie/

High cholesterol ‘does not cause heart disease’ new research finds, so treating with statins a ‘waste of time’

A review of research involving nearly 70,000 people found there was no link between what has traditionally been considered “bad” cholesterol and the premature deaths of over 60-year-olds from cardiovascular disease. Published in the BMJ Open journal, the new study found that 92 percent of people with a high cholesterol level lived longer.

More at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/

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