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Senior woman having a restful sleep
A bad night’s sleep can make you feel fatigued and less mentally sharp, but now a review of studies conducted by researchers at University of California Berkeley has revealed that sleeping poorly might be harmful to your health in ways previously unsuspected. Older adults are sometimes affected by insomnia, which can be related to pain, medications, or urinary frequency, and some older adults...
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A study published recently in the Canadian Medical Association Journal shows that people with Alzheimer’s disease have an increased risk of developing pneumonia if they are taking sedatives in the benzodiazepine class. People with dementia-related illnesses often have symptoms such as agitation, sleeplessness, or hostility. Sometimes these symptoms are treated with sedatives such as...
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A study by University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Nursing researchers has found that donepezil, marketed under the brand name Aricept, should be prescribed with caution in people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI). Donepezil is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, but although it has been studied in the past for people...
Test tube with blood sample and labeled Testosterone Test
Recent research sheds new light on the risks and benefits of testosterone therapy in men over age 65. Four studies, collectively known as the TTrials, are the largest trials to date that examined the effect of testosterone treatment in men over age 65 who had low testosterone due to age. Testosterone begins dropping in men at age 30 and goes down gradually from there. Excessively low testosterone...
Senior Asian man looking thoughtful, resting chin on hand.
More than likely, you hear information or advice about your health several times each day—whether the source is your doctor, your family, television, or the radio. If you’re like a lot of us, you forget about it as you go about your daily routines. Some people disregard certain health messages because they think the topic doesn’t pertain to them. Other people view it as “nagging,” especially if...
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Emergency room sign at hospital entrance
C ertain drug classes have been associated with increased emergency room visits and inpatient admissions by seniors, among them antidiabetics, anticoagulants, and antihistamines. A team of researchers has added another drug class to this list as the result of a recent study published in the journal Pharmacotherapy . These drugs are called anticholinergics. They are commonly used by almost half of...
Senior woman attending a senior man in hospital bed
A lthough being a full-time caregiver has been associated with an increased risk of stress and illness, helping or caring for others on a part-time basis can lead to a longer life, according to a new study. An international team of researchers analyzed data from 1990 to 2009 provided by the Berlin Aging Study. They focused on survival rates of grandparents age 70 to 103 years who care for...
A growing number of people are receiving hip implants.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one of the most serious fall-related injuries is a fractured hip. Over 300,000 people over age 65 in this country are hospitalized for hip fractures each year. Many people need their hip joint replaced due to arthritis even if they haven’t fallen. In fact, a growing number of people are receiving hip implants, mainly due to the aging of...