Just a slight increase in social interaction benefits older adults with dementia and lowers health care costs, a new British study suggests.
Most people don't like talking about dying, especially their own death. But it's important to let your loved ones know how you'd like your medical care handled when your "time" comes.
It isn't unusual for older people to slow down a bit as the years go by. But for seniors, slowed walking may signal mental decline, and now a new study suggests why.
The quality of your relationships with your adult children and spouse might influence your chances of developing dementia, new research suggests.
Falls and resulting hip fractures can prove disabling and even fatal for seniors. And new research suggests the risk of hip fractures rises soon after an older person is prescribed a sleeping pill.
It's the leading cause of permanent vision loss for Americans, but a condition called age-related macular degeneration (AMD) may be going undiagnosed too often, new research suggests.
A pair of key differences in the brain may help distinguish which seniors are at risk of falling prey to financial scams, a small new study suggests.
Alzheimer's patients given sedatives such as Valium or Xanax may have an increased risk for pneumonia, a new study warns.
Some U.S. hospitals might be charging private insurers twice as much for knee and hip replacements as the implants typically cost, new research suggests.
Just a little physical activity seems to go a long way toward helping older adults with arthritis remain able to do daily tasks, a new study finds.
Common viruses pose a serious threat in nursing homes, often sabotaging standard infection control measures, a new case study suggests.
People who are active in local community groups may have slightly sharper mental skills at the age of 50, a new study suggests.
The prices of brand-name drugs used by many older Americans rose nearly 130 times faster than inflation last year, a new study reports.
Debating whether to get a flu shot? With few exceptions, most people will benefit and a few in particular really need the vaccine.
"Don't worry, be happy" is not only a motto for enjoying life, it might actually help older folks live longer, researchers report.
If you want to try to extend your life, a new study suggests that taking up racquet sports might help.
Millions of Americans have a lifelong struggle with their waistlines -- dieting, losing weight, but then gaining it back again.
The level of "well-being" in a community -- including people's emotional health and life satisfaction -- may help explain some of the disparities in life expectancy across the United States, a new study finds.
Some adults age faster biologically than others, and may die early even if they have healthy lifestyles, researchers report.
A research team discovered that victims treated at so-called "high-performing" hospitals had an overall increased life expectancy, compared to others.
A new study finds widespread hearing loss among elderly Americans, with an especially high rate for those 90 and older.
When the temperature soars to 108 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, older adults may want to forgo an electric fan, a tiny study suggests.
Ride a bike, take a swim, walk your dog: New research shows even a "moderate" amount of exercise each week drastically reduces the odds a person aged 65 or older will die from heart disease.
Among older folks, close family relationships appear more important than dear friends in extending life, a new study finds.
Women prefer to see female urologists, but there are far too few to meet a growing demand, a new study reports.
Taking calcium supplements with the hope of keeping osteoporosis at bay may raise an older woman's risk of dementia, a new study suggests.
As much of the Northeast struggles with a heat wave that isn't expected to ease until the middle of this week, here are some expert tips on how to spot heat stroke.
Watching a video about end-of-life care options may help patients with advanced heart failure choose the approach best for them, a new study finds.
As the American population ages, more older adults will survive cancer and live with other chronic conditions that will burden the health care system, U.S. government health officials report.
Just 15 minutes of exercise a day may lower older adults' risk of early death by one-fifth, a new study suggests.
Americans aren't just living longer, they're living more years without disabilities, too, a new study shows.
People who get their high blood pressure down to normal levels may substantially cut their risk of heart disease -- even if they're elderly or have already had heart problems, new research suggests.
A hearing aid may do more than help you hear better: New research suggests that the devices might also help prevent mental decline in elderly people with hearing loss.
Although aging may mean more physical problems, retirement can help people lead healthier lives, a new study from Australia suggests.
Americans are living longer, but those extra years may include poor health or a disability, a new study finds.
There could be a downside to knee replacement: As people get more active, their odds for hip and spinal fractures rise, a new study suggests.
A new study sheds light on what is often called one of the cruelest effects of Alzheimer's disease -- the patient's inability to recognize loved ones.
Hearing loss is associated with higher medical costs for late middle-aged adults, a new study finds.
Eating a Mediterranean diet may at least slightly lower an older woman's risk for hip fracture, a new study suggests.
More seniors than ever are taking supplements alongside their medications, a practice that puts them at risk for dangerous drug interactions, researchers report.
Regular physical activity, including gardening or dancing, may cut Alzheimer's risk by as much as 50 percent, a new study suggests.
Psychosis, including delusions and hallucinations, affects about half of Alzheimer's disease patients. And researchers have set out to clarify the link between these two conditions.
Social isolation is common among many U.S. seniors, particularly during the holidays. But, home-delivered meals can significantly reduce their feelings of loneliness, new research finds.
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