Midlife obesity is linked to an increased risk for later-life dementia, but the strength of that association may vary according to an individual's age, new research from the Nuffield Department of Population Health at the University of Oxford suggests.
A retrospective cohort study of more than 450,000 obese individuals in England showed that those who were first hospitalised for obesity in their 30s were 3 times more likely to go on to develop dementia than their healthy peers. Read more here.
Researchers have known for years that people who have vision problems as they get older are more likely to die sooner than those who still see well. But they weren't sure why that was so.
To answer that question, scientists looked at data from the Salisbury Eye Evaluation, which tracked the vision and health of people ages 65 to 84 living in Salisbury, Md., from 1993 through 2003. Read more at NPR.org
As people grow older, they often have difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep, and tend to awaken too early in the morning. In individuals with Alzheimer's disease, this common and troubling symptom of ageing tends to be especially pronounced, often leading to nighttime confusion and wandering.
The stress of caring for a family member with dementia may take a toll on health over time, but a new study from Montefiore Medical Center in New York suggests that even one day off can shift caregivers’ stress levels back toward normal. Read more here.
The University of Kent is offering a PhD opportunity to work on one of the work packages in the ESRC/MRC funded research programme on Uncertain Futures: Managing Late Career Transitions and Extended Working Life. The programme involves a consortium of research colleagues from 7 Universities, the Institute of Occupational Medicine and the International Longevity Centre UK. The post holder will work with other colleagues at Kent, Edinburgh, Bath, Manchester and Leeds on Work Package 3: Workplace case studies.
The popular narrative that getting old is not just bad news on a personal level but also putting the economy at risk is doing us all a great disservice, leading thinkers told a recent forum. Read more here.
The Minister for Primary and Social Care (ROI), Kathleen Lynch TD, today (14 August) welcomed confirmation that The Atlantic Philanthropies will make grants of €14.7m available to improve the care and wellbeing of people living with dementia in Ireland.
Loneliness is a complex issue but one that has a big impact on the lives of those who experience it, especially older people. A recent research study from the University of Chicago found that the loneliest people were nearly twice as likely to die during their six-year study than the least lonely older people. In this blog CARDI invited Anne Dempsey, Head of Information at Third Age to write about this issue, how it impacts older people and some of the initiatives being taken by her organisation to combat loneliness: