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Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) affects up to 30% of Americans over age 50 and is the leading cause of blindness in this age group. It has no cure but there are treatments available that can slow the progress of the disease for some people. But what has eluded researchers thus far is how to prevent AMD. Now scientists from University of Arizona may have discovered an answer—a drug...
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Remembering information might be as easy as rehearsing it right after you learn it. Researchers from the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom conducted tests in which study participants were shown a series of short video clips from YouTube. Right after each video, they were asked to relate (rehearse) details of the videos either out loud or in their heads. After doing so, they were shown a...
Lantern Hill
John Heath, M.D., A.G.S.F., director of geriatric services for Summit Medical Group
Lantern Hill, the Erickson Living community opening in New Providence, N.J., recently announced that the area’s premier health care provider, Summit Medical Group, will lead its on-site medical center. “We are enthusiastic about this opportunity to bring the mission of Summit Medical Group—to deliver high-quality, cost-effective health care through a comprehensive, integrated,...
Ann's Choice
Rose Gardens corridor
One reason people move to Choice , Erickson Living’s retirement community in Bucks County, Pa., is its designation as a fee-for-service continuing care community. Rose Gardens, located on the 103-acre campus, offers higher levels of care to residents, from inpatient rehabilitation through personal care and skilled nursing care. A short walk or shuttle ride from the three campus clubhouses,...
flu shot
In the largest study of its kind to date, researchers have evaluated the effect of the high-dose flu shot among the most vulnerable seniors—those living in long-term care facilities. Influenza, which can easily spread in a long-term care facility, is a major cause of hospitalizations usually due to pneumonia. In addition, flu can lead to heart failure, heart attacks, and strokes, according...
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Falls are a leading cause of disability and death among seniors, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Strategies in the home to reduce falls include improving lighting, reducing clutter, and securing loose rugs. But results of a new study suggest that there may be something else that can trip you up: infection. Researchers from the Massachusetts General Hospital evaluated...
Omega-3 supplements
Omega-3 fatty acids have been intensely studied in recent years because preliminary evidence suggests that these compounds may have possible benefits for various conditions such as heart disease, macular degeneration, and cognitive health. The most promising research has come from studies of food-based sources of omega-3s, including salmon, tuna, halibut, flaxseed, walnuts, soy products, and...
chocolate
Over the past decade or so, some studies have suggested that chocolate, especially dark chocolate, might have health benefits. Now, new research seems to support those findings. Two different studies published in the journals Age and the British Journal of Nutrition showed that cocoa flavanols, which are plant-based compounds found in cocoa beans, may help to improve cardiovascular function,...
insomnia
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapy that is used for a multitude of problems. It has been shown to be effective for primary insomnia (not due to an underlying condition), but little is known about its effectiveness for secondary insomnia (due to concomitant conditions such as emotional problems, chronic pain, or heart disease). A survey by the National Institute on Aging...