Depression is the most common psychiatric illness faced by seniors (CDC, 2008b), with 19% of older adults suffering from it. However despite its high treatability, many older adults remain ill. In fact, almost two thirds of those seniors suffering from depression do not receive necessary treatment (APA, 2005), and this can have very severe consequences.
By Ina Jaffe for Nevada Public Radio -
A healthy diet is good for everyone. But as people get older, cooking nutritious food can become difficult and sometimes physically impossible. A pot of soup can be too heavy to lift. And there's all that time standing on your feet. It's one of the reasons that people move into assisted living facilities.
But a company called Chefs for Seniors has an alternative: They send professional cooks into seniors' homes. In a couple of hours they can whip up meals for the week.
Listen/read more here: http://knpr.org/npr/2015-04/drop-chefs-help-seniors-stay-their-own-homes
By Amy Norton for Health Day -
People who eat plenty of fruits and veggies may preserve more of their memory and thinking skills as they grow old, a new large study suggests.
The findings, published online May 6 in the journal Neurology, add to a growing body of evidence linking healthy eating habits to a lower risk of dementia.
Researchers found that among nearly 28,000 older adults from 40 countries, those who scored in the top 20 percent on a "healthy eating" scale were less likely to show declines in memory, attention and other mental skills over the next five years.
Continue reading here: http://health.usnews.com/health-news/articles/2015/05/06/healthy-eating-may-shield-the-aging-brain
As the country continues to debate Social Security reform, I wanted to share the details of an interesting book that I recently read on the subject - The Battle for Social Security: From FDR's Vision To Bush's Gamble. Although I will begin by pointing out that this book was written in 2005, so there have been many developments and changes since. Nevertheless it provides the reader with a good overview of the makings of Social Security and its development up until reasonably recently.
By William Kremer for the BBC -
"Einstein's death 60 years ago was just the start of a strange journey for the most prized part of his anatomy, his brain. Stored in jars and on slides, it is still inspiring awe and scholarly research.
At 01:15 in the morning of 18 April 1955, Albert Einstein - theoretical physicist, peace campaigner and undisputed genius - mumbled a few words in German, took two breaths, and died. The nurse on duty at Princeton Hospital did not speak German and the meaning of Einstein's final words was lost forever."
Continue reading this fascinating article here: http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-32354300
Smart homes allow you to connect all your electronics, from heating to security, to one single device, such as a smartphone or tablet and control everything remotely. New technology in these areas is particularly useful to seniors today, allowing them to safely age in place for longer.
Scientists have been searching for ways to spot hard to diagnose brain conditions, for example Alzheimer's, for years. There are currently no definitive tests and people in early stages can be unaware for many years before developing noticeable symptoms. Unfortunately this means that doctors can't begin any kind of treatment until later in disease progression, after irreversible brain damage and mental decline has taken place. However, an early study has shown that the skin can present with the same abnormal proteins that accumulate in the brain tissue of sufferers.
Two very interesting studies came out in the last week that suggest our behaviors through mid life can have significant impacts on our older years. Namely, drinking excessive alcohol can lead to a far higher stroke risk and sleeping well is correlated with better mental health, cardiovascular health and fewer, less severe disorders and diseases.
Whether you have a resolution for the new year or not, you may be interested to hear that a study from England has demonstrated that you'll be far more likely to succeed if you aren't trying to do it alone. Whether it's weight loss, quitting smoking or doing exercise that is your goal, you will be three times more likely to achieve it if you have a partner attempting to do the same.
I’m sure many of you have seen the Back to the Future movies (and if you haven’t, I definitelyr ecommend them!) What you may not have remembered, however, is that 2015 is the year that Marty (Michael J. Fox) was sent forward to, and so now we can see just how accurate director Robert Zemeckis' vision for the future was.
Things he got Wrong
Although inventors have been working on these for quite some time now, they are unlikely to become widely available any time soon!