Hello! Fall is here and so is the tenth midweek MedAlertHelp roundup! If you’ve missed our previous edition, you can find it here.
Speaking of fall, this Wednesday we’ll talk about why the cognitive skills of older adults may be better in summer and fall; we’ll look at the brighter side of aging, new research regarding this topic, and its challenges; the effectiveness of fall prevention plans; the most affordable places to retire in the US; and the future of elderly care.
This Time of Year Is the Peak of Cognitive Skills in Seniors
Do you feel sharper these days? It turns out late summer/early fall seem to the time of year when the cognitive skills of people with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia feel better. These are the results of a Canadian study that Traci Pedersen covered for PsychCentral. Continue reading for details on the research led by Andrew Lim of Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and the University of Toronto.
A Look at the Bright Side of Aging
For the first time in Canada’s history, senior citizens outnumber children, and life expectancy is extending all round the world. So is there anything to look forward to? It’s not called “golden age” for nothing! Need more convincing? Take a look at this article on Virden Empire-Advance. They outlined higher self-esteem, financial perks, better reasoning and problem-solving skills, and less stress as the main benefits of getting older.
Is Aging as Old as Life Itself?
Speaking of which, a new USC Dornsife study discovered that aging may be as old as life itself. More specifically, the phenomenon of aging may have been present from the very beginning of evolution, when the first genes originated. For more on this, including how scientists came to these findings and how the breakthrough could influence research on longevity and aging, head over to EurekAlert.
The Challenges of Longer Life Expectancy
Experts on aging Marcia G. Ory, Basia Belza, and Matthew Lee Smith, have written a piece for The Conversation that examines the challenges longer life expectancy poses today. Life expectancy at birth in the US has risen by not less than 30 years in the last century. It now averages 78.6 years. However, does a longer life equate to a healthy and happy life? How are we living those extra years, and how do older people deal with ageism today? Find out in their article.
Why You Should Have a Plan of Care for Falls
The next topic is fall prevention, something we at MedAlertHelp are all about. Namely, new research conducted at Binghamton University–State University at New York has confirmed that fall prevention plans really do work. They’ve found that seniors who are at risk of falling are less likely to suffer fall-related hospitalizations if they have a “fall plan of care.” More on this in James Ives’s article for News Medical.
Top Five Places in the US Where It’s Most Affordable to Retire
Next, take a look at Shawn Carter’s article for CNBC in which he listed the top five places in America that are most affordable for retirement. The cities include Birmingham, Alabama; Detroit, Michigan; Jackson, Mississippi; Memphis, Tennessee; and Augusta, Georgia. Why consider a cheap place? We’ll mention just one fact from the article: 42% of Americans currently have less than $10,000 saved for retirement while at the same time people aged 65+ spend an average of $46,000 per year.
The Robotic Future of Elderly Care
The AI revolution is happening as we speak. Robots are getting smarter, more capable, and sophisticated. Researchers are working on making them understand emotions and human culture. One of their applications could be care for seniors in elderly care. More on this interesting prospect in an article on Phys.org provided by Örebro University.
That’s all we have prepared for you for this midweek MedAlertHelp roundup.
Take care and join us next Wednesday!