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Older Adults

Muscle loss that comes with age can be fixed through better nutrition

Posted March 2, 2014

A cup of tea and a cookie for an afternoon snack, while a pleasant routine, may not be supplying adequate nutrition for many baby boomers, a recent Tufts study suggests. Substituting a glass of milk or a hard-boiled egg would better fuel the person who has reached that time in life—that is to say, anyone older than 50—when muscle mass declines at a rate of 1 to 2 percent annually.

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Music as therapeutic intervention can relieve anxiety and depression in older people

Posted February 27, 2014

Using music and singing in health care can improve quality of life for older people by easing pain, anxiety and depression. According to an article published in Mental Health Practice, the practices can be easily and effectively used as therapeutic nursing interventions.

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Polyphenol supplements improve brain function in older adults

Posted February 17, 2014

One of the unfortunate realities of growing older is that, over time, cognitive acuity tends to fade as a result of oxidative stress and inflammation, two of the most significant factors associated with early aging and chronic disease. But new research out of Florida has found that the aging process can be significantly slowed through a high intake of antioxidants, particularly those found naturally in blueberries.

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Cognitive performance improved in older adults by nutritional supplement

Posted February 11, 2014

Declines in the underlying brain skills needed to think, remember and learn are normal in aging. In fact, this cognitive decline is a fact of life for most older Americans.

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Nutritional supplement improves cognitive performance in older adults, study finds

Posted February 7, 2014

A neuroscientist and gerontologist team up to investigate the effects of a antioxidant-rich nutritional supplement on the mental performance of older adults without impaired memory. An initial clinical trial indicates that the supplement, including blueberries and green tea extracts, improves cognitive processing speeds.

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A double-blind, randomized clinical trial of dietary supplementation on cognitive and immune functioning in healthy older adults

Posted February 5, 2014

Declining cognitive function is relatively common and increasingly prevalent. Studies have shown that different nutrients (e.g., Ginkgo biloba and vitamin E) appear to be effective at improving memory and concentration, while less is known about their effect on immunity.

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High protein intake is associated with low prevalence of frailty among old Japanese women: a multicenter cross-sectional study

Posted December 23, 2013

Protein intake has been inversely associated with frailty. However, no study has examined the effect of the difference of protein sources (animal or plant) or the amino acid composing the protein on frailty. Therefore, we examined the association of protein and amino acid intakes with frailty among elderly Japanese women.

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Study: Low Vitamin B12 Levels Increase Fracture Risk in Older Men

Posted December 11, 2013

Older men who have low levels of vitamin B12 have a higher risk of having fractures. These are the findings of researchers at the Sahlgrenska Academy as a part of an international study of a total of 1000 older men.

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Older people ingest too much magnesium, vitamin E in the form of dietary supplements

Posted December 6, 2013

Many older people are ingesting too much magnesium and vitamin E in the form of dietary supplements. This was discovered by scientists of the Helmholtz Zentrum München in a population-based study; their results have been published in ‘The Journal of Nutrition, Health and Aging’.

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Walking may cut stroke risk in older men

Posted November 15, 2013

Older men may reduce their risk of stroke by taking a daily walk. And that walk doesn’t have to be especially brisk, British researchers report. The new study suggests that walking for an hour or two might lower the risk of stroke by as much as one-third, and walking three hours or more daily might cut the risk by two-thirds.

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