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Vitamin D for Dementia & AD

December 16, 2014
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A recent study compared the risk of dementia and Alzheimer disease among elderly with low vitamin D concentrations and elderly with sufficient vitamin D. What they found is that those who were deficient in vitamin D were 53% more likely to experience “all-cause dementia” and 69% more likely to experience Alzheimer disease. Those elderly...
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Humor –Less Stress, More Memory

December 11, 2014
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Researchers note that “for older adults, the damaging effects of aging and stress can impair the ability to learn and sustain memory. Humor, with its associated mirthful laughter, can reduce stress and cortisol, a stress hormone. Chronic release of cortisol can damage hippocampus neurons, leading to impairment of learning and memory.” They conducted a...
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Reducing Senior Medications

November 11, 2014
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Over the past few decades the medical management of our elderly has included prescribing multiple drugs for a host of reasons. This has resulted in frequent adverse drug reactions, some of them life threatening. A recent pilot study examined the possibility of reducing or eliminating some of the drugs taken by older patients in...
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Magnesium Keeps Senior Women Fit

October 28, 2014
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Vitamin supplementation can be a very important way of maintaining health, especially for older adults. One study examined whether magnesium supplements could help improve physical function for older women. The study found that “daily magnesium oxide supplementation for 12 weeks seems to improve physical performance in healthy elderly women. These findings suggest a role...
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Slim Down to Reduce Hot Flashes

October 2, 2014
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A pilot study of overweight and obese menopausal women found that they were able to reduce their hot flashes. The study divided 40 women into weight loss and control groups. The results were that “women randomized to weight loss also showed greater reductions in questionnaire-reported hot flashes than did women in the control group.”...
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Improving Assisted Living Health

August 28, 2014
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Nurses are the front line providers of care in assisted-living facilities. They are the ones that are dispensing the majority of medications to the elderly residents who are usually taking a significant number of prescriptions at the same time. This scenario increases the risk of potentially harmful medications being administered as well as harmful...
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Real Cause of Seniors Falling

November 14, 2013
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Ask them and most seniors will tell you that the fear of injury due to falling is high on their list. With frail bones and uneasy steps, the potential to fall and break a hip, arm, etc. could put a elderly person in the hospital or even worse. Most believe that a slippery surface...
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Exercise for Brain Health

November 7, 2013
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An interesting study looks at how exercise impacts brain health in seniors over 70. Specifically, the study looked at how a higher level of physical activity would impact brain atrophy (brain shrinkage) and white matter lesions (WML), which are dead cells in the brain that can cause a loss of memory, vision and cognitive...
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Potassium Citrate Increases Bone Density

September 24, 2013
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Maintaining bone density can be challenging for seniors as they tend to lose it as they get older. Bone Mineral Density (BMD) is a way to measure the amount of mineral matter per square centimeter of bone and is an indicator of the likelihood of osteoporosis and fracture. A study of seniors showed that...
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Vitamin D Reduces Fracture Risk in Seniors

September 12, 2013
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Taking a daily dose of 800 IU or more of vitamin D can reduce the risk of fractures in people 65 years and older. A new study found that “reduction in the risk of fracture was shown only at the highest intake level (median, 800 IU daily; range, 792 to 2000), with a 30%...
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