A new study found that having friends adds to quality of life in more ways than one. Of course, having warm, supportive relationships adds joy to life, but according to researchers, for people older than 80, friends have given them the memory capacity of people much younger, in the range of 50 to 65. “One…

While there is no proven way to complete avoid getting dementia, studies are constantly coming forward with indicators of how to reduce the possibility of ending up with the condition. A research study was recently undertaken by the National Cheng Kung University in conjunction with the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) in Taiwan. It was…

Researcher studying sleep issues in the elderly believe that feeling sleepy during the day could indicate that dangerous plaque is forming on brain cells, which is one of the hallmarks of Alzheimer’s disease. Scientists think that one of the benefits of sleep is the washing away of a protein called beta-amyloid, the very same protein…

According to sleep researchers, computers, smartphones and other handheld devices could be wrecking our natural circadian rhythms, and giving us insomnia, a problem that is already upsetting the lives of many older folks. How do tablets and phones mess with our sleep cycles? It is really very simple. Different types of light emit different wavelengths…

The stereotype that older folks are uncomfortable around new technology, or even disdain it, is just that, a stereotype. There are many millions of seniors that not only embrace the latest hi-tech gadgets but are every bit as excited by them as their younger fellow consumers. Manufacturers understand this, and understand that as baby boomers…

Breast cancer hits about one out of every ten women in the United States. Early detection is the key to surviving this frightening disease, but the methods for early detection are not without their drawbacks. Manuel examination for detection is the simplest, but it is not the best method to find cancer in its earliest…

A new belt has been created containing airbags to predict when someone is about to fall. At the same time, it takes a mere 80 milliseconds to inflate so that when the fall happens, the person wearing the belt is protected. This report is given on News 24h

Just because a person is in the twilight of his/her life does not mean he/she should not enjoy all the amazing technological developments that have manifested during his/her lifetime. The stereotype that older citizens do not enjoy nor understand “new-fangled gadgets” or want to, is ageist, and should be dismissed handily. There are lots of…

Seniors, or any patient, who has experienced the frustrating and frightening necessity of having their radiological test results read by a bevy of doctors, often not all located in the same location, surely wish that there was a better way. The test results are downloaded to a CD (compact disc) and then either sent in…

Valentine’s Day is coming up and even though seniors may look different, inside – as many of them will tell you – they still feel like they’re 21 again.  And, as any 21 will tell you, Valentine’s Day is an utterly important and anticipated event in their lives. So, given the obvious challenges (including: death…

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