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February 23, 2021
by Patricia Tomasi

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New Study Shows Children With Better Self-Control Age Slower

February 23, 2021 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study published in the journal, PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America) looked at how childhood self-control forecasts the pace of midlife aging and preparedness for old age. “We studied whether as adults, children who exercise better self-control age more slowly, and are more prepared to manage the health, financial, and social demands of later life,” study author Leah Richmond-Rakerd told us. “We also investigated whether self-control in adulthood – not just childhood – is important for aging.” Prior studies have shown that people with better self-control live longer lives. Richmond-Rakerd and the team predicted that people with better self-control would also age more healthily, in midlife. [More]

January 19, 2021
by Patricia Tomasi

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Helping Diabetes Patients Reduce Their Risk Of Dementia

January 19, 2021 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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The findings of a new study on diabetes and dementia were presented at the annual meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes. The results of the study may be able to help reduce the risk of dementia in diabetic patients with poor glycemic control. “Our study looks at the link between diabetes and the risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s diseases,” study author Dr. Carlos Celis-Morales told us. "We would like to better understand the link between diabetes but also glycemic control with dementia risk and whether these associations are explained by existing risk factors such as being obese, a smoker or having existing heart diseases or other chronic diseases.” [More]

August 25, 2020
by Patricia Tomasi

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How Does Aging Affect Memory?

August 25, 2020 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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A new study on aging and the brain published in the Journal of Nature Communications looked at the hippocampus region of the brain. “It's commonly accepted that aging negatively impacts most of our cognitive abilities, especially memory,” study author Zachariah M. Reagh told us. “While that is indeed the case, there might be more to the story.” [More]

August 21, 2020
by Elizabeth Pratt

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Strong Mental Health Lengthens Life

August 21, 2020 08:00 by Elizabeth Pratt  [About the Author]

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A study from researchers at the University of Toronto found that those with suboptimal mental health died earlier than their counterparts with excellent mental health. Those who were in excellent mental health when the study started in the mid-1990s lived almost five months longer than their peers who were in poorer mental health. [More]

June 16, 2020
by Patricia Tomasi

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Could Your Neuroticism Or Open Personality Determine Whether You’re At Risk For Developing Dementia?

June 16, 2020 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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There are over five million people in the United States today who are living with dementia and 50 million around the globe. By 2050, it’s predicted that nearly 14 million people in the U.S. will have dementia and 152 million worldwide. A new study published in Journal of the American Geriatrics Society looked at whether personality traits were associated with a risk of developing cognitive decline in aging. [More]

December 17, 2019
by Patricia Tomasi

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Autistic Adults Think They’re Bad People, New Study Finds

December 17, 2019 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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According to the World Health Organization, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) begins in childhood. One in 160 children worldwide has been diagnosed with autism. But since autism was only recognized as a disorder in 1980, there are many adults who went through childhood without a diagnosis and without help. Now, a new study thought to be the first of its kind examining an autism diagnosis exclusively in middle age, found that adults diagnosed with autism in their fifties grew up believing they were ‘bad people’, ‘alien’, and ‘non-human’. The study is published in the Journal of Health Psychology and Behavioural Medicine [More]

May 28, 2018
by Patricia Tomasi

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Can Depression Lead To Cognitive Decline In Your 70s And 80s? This New U.K. Study Says Yes It Can

May 28, 2018 08:00 by Patricia Tomasi  [About the Author]

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Did you know that after 70 years of age, your chances of developing a mood disorder such as depression or anxiety doubles every five years? The same is true for cognitive decline such as impaired memory. Here's another fun statistic to look forward to: By age 85, one in four of us will have the luxury of suffering from both conditions simultaneously. But researchers are trying their best to prevent this from happening. [More]

June 26, 2015
by Karen Allen,MS, LMHC, CAMS, CHt

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The Golden Years – Delusion or Tarnished Treasure?

June 26, 2015 07:55 by Karen Allen,MS, LMHC, CAMS, CHt  [About the Author]

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Actor Christopher Lee recently died at the ripe old age of 97 leaving one to ponder what it is like to be an elderly person in America today? A myriad of thoughts pour out. As longevity increased due to access to healthcare, better nutrition, and improved hygiene, dilemmas for the elderly and their families have arisen on multiple fronts - ethical, moral, and social. Adult children are pulled between meeting their responsibilities to their own spouses, children, and employer as they struggle to meet the needs of their aging parents whose retirement finances are often woefully inadequate to cover their long-term care and medical needs. [More]

May 15, 2015
by Dr. Johanna Tiemann,Phd

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Henry Rayhons Aquitted of Sexual Assult Against His Wife With Alzheimer’s

May 15, 2015 09:44 by Dr. Johanna Tiemann,Phd  [About the Author]

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The words “rape” and “sexual assault” are powerful under any circumstances. When the alleged victim is a patient in a nursing home suffering through the late stages Alzheimer’s disease, the apparent crime takes on a certain kind of perverse nature. Add to this picture a perpetrator who is a former state senator, and even the most open-minded of us is ready to abandon the tenet “innocent until proven guilty.” [More]