Category Archives: Senior Health

Losing Weight May Improve Sleep Quality

Shedding pounds through diet alone or diet and exercise aided shuteye, researchers say TUESDAY, Nov. 6 (HealthDay News) — Losing weight can help people who are overweight get a better night’s sleep, according to a new study. And sleep quality seems to improve whether the weight loss is achieved through dieting alone or by combining…

Exercise May Beat Socializing at Staving Off Brain Shrinkage

Study also found physical activity more protective than mental stimulation MONDAY, Oct. 22 (HealthDay News) — Regular exercise may offer seniors more protection against brain shrinkage than social or mentally stimulating activities, a new study suggests. Previous research has linked aging-related brain shrinkage to memory and thinking problems. In this study, Scottish researchers examined the…

High-Carb Diet in Old Age Linked to Mental Decline

Elderly who consumed the most carbohydrates, sugar had more memory, thinking problems, study finds FRIDAY, Oct. 19 (HealthDay News) — Seniors who consume lots of carbohydrates and sugar are at increased risk for mild cognitive impairment, according to a new study. Mild cognitive impairment — which includes problems with memory, language, thinking and judgment —…

Videos of Real-Life Stumbles May Help Fall-Prevention Efforts

Seniors most at risk when they shift their weight and lose their center of gravity, analysis shows WEDNESDAY, Oct. 17 (HealthDay News) — Incorrect weight shifting is the most common cause of falls in elderly people, according to researchers who analyzed videos of actual falls among seniors. The videos of 227 falls suffered by 130…

Health Tip: Reduce Your Risk of Falling

Seniors should keep at least one hand free (HealthDay News) — Elderly people may be at greater risk of falling, but there are things seniors can do to help reduce their risk of taking a spill. The Cleveland Clinic offers these suggestions: Keep at least one hand free while walking. Use a backpack or fanny…