6 Things You Didn't Know About Muscles and Aging
By Refaat Hegazi, M.D
August 17, 2016
We often rely on age to tell us about ourselves. We consider ourselves physically stronger and more vibrant earlier in life. Medical professionals use age to determine risk for certain diseases, often attributing older age to higher risk. But new research is showing that a person's biological age is not the key to determining their overall health. It suggests that we should look at other factors, such as mobility, to evaluate a person's well-being. The findings show that getting older doesn't have to mean getting weaker. And taking on your health can start with your muscles.Read More...
Huge Senior-Living Community Proposed For Buford
By Doug Gross, Patch Staff
August 17, 2016
A set of rezoning proposals before Gwinnett County's planning commission would pave the way for a major senior-living development near Buford. The three proposals are to build a personal care home, a 118-home subdivision and 190 townhomes. Read More...
A record 60.6 million Americans live in multigenerational households
D'Vera Cohn and Jeffrey S. Passel
August 11, 2016
The number and share of Americans living in multigenerational family households has continued to rise, even though the Great Recession is now in the rear-view mirror. In 2014, a record 60.6 million people, or 19% of the U.S. population, lived with multiple generations under one roof, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of census data. Read More...
Hospital Units Tailored To Older Patients Can Help Prevent Decline
By Anna Gorman, Kaiser Health News
August 9, 2016
ACE units have been shown to reduce hospital-inflicted disabilities in older patients, decrease lengths of stay and reduce the number of patients discharged to nursing homes. In one 2012 study published in the journal Health Affairs , researchers found that hospital units for the elderly saved about $1,000 per patient visit. Read More...
Working and Volunteering Could Reduce Disablement in Seniors, Study Finds
By LaTina Emerson
August 8, 2016
Working or volunteering can reduce the chances of chronic health conditions leading to physical disability in older Americans, according to researchers at Georgia State University and Florida State University. The study found people ages 50 to 64 who worked full-time or part-time or volunteered up to 100 hours per year experienced a reduction in the extent to which chronic conditions were associated with subsequent functional limitations, such as the ability to walk a block or climb a flight of stairs. The findings are published in The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences . Read More...
Rx for Seniors' Health: Upbeat View, Less Stress
By Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter
August 3, 2016
A positive attitude about aging can help seniors cope with stress, a small study suggests. "We found that people in the study who had more positive attitudes toward aging were more resilient in response to stress -- meaning that there wasn't a significant increase in negative emotions," study author Jennifer Bellingtier, a Ph.D. student at North Carolina State University, said in a university news release. Read More...