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Older People

Owning a dog may encourage older people to exercise

"NHS should prescribe dogs to keep over-65s fit," the Daily Mail reports.

The headline was prompted by the results of a new study with the rather unsurprising finding that older adults who own dogs walk more than those who don`t.

The study included around 80 adults with an average age of 70 from three

Posted On June 09, 2017
Older People

Grandparents who babysit `tend to live longer`

"Grandparents who babysit their grandchildren tend to live longer than seniors who do not care for other people, a study has found," the Mail Online reports.

Researchers found grandparent babysitters had a 37% lower mortality risk than adults of the same age with no caring responsibilities.

The study

Posted On January 03, 2017
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Report looks at the health of the `baby boomer` generation

"Baby boomers should `stay in work to keep healthy`," reports BBC News, while The Daily Telegraph warns that "Swinging sixty-somethings see swell in sexually transmitted diseases".

Both headlines are prompted by a new report commissioned (and partly written) by the Chief Medical Officer for England, Dame Sally

Posted On December 09, 2016
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`Not enough over-50s` taking aspirin to prevent heart disease

"Aspirin a day could dramatically cut cancer and heart disease risk … study claims," the Mail Online reports.

U.S. researchers ran a simulation of what might happen if all Americans over 50 years old took aspirin on a daily basis. Their results found that people would live about four months longer on average, a

Posted On December 01, 2016
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Do high doses of vitamin D increase falls risk in the elderly?

"Giving pensioners high doses of vitamin D to strengthen their leg bones may put them at higher risk of a fall," The Times reports after a Swiss study suggested high doses of the supplement offer no benefits, but do increase the risk of falling.

This 12-month trial aimed to assess whether giving high doses of 

Posted On January 06, 2016
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Stronger legs linked to stronger brains in older women

"Strong legs `help the brain resist the effects of ageing`,`` the Mail Online reports. A study that tracked 324 female twins (162 sets) over 10 years found an association between leg strength and cognitive ability, measured through memory testing and brain scans.

The study recruited twins aged 43 to 73 in 1999

Posted On November 11, 2015
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Tai chi `may help people cope better with diseases of ageing`

"Tai chi can help older patients with disabling conditions," The Guardian reports after an analysis of old data found the martial art may help relieve some symptoms of four age-related diseases: cancer, heart failureosteoarthritis

Posted On September 21, 2015
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How having `senior moments` may be a good thing

"Senior moments? Only worry if you don`t notice them," the Daily Mail reports.

"Senior moments" is a term used to describe a sudden memory lapse, such as forgetting your PIN or a relative’s name. While these types of lapses can affect people of all ages, older p

Posted On August 27, 2015
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Many white English and Irish pensioners `drinking to excess`

"One in five people over 65 who drink is consuming an "unsafe" level of alcohol, say researchers," BBC News reports. Their research also found that "unsafe drinking was far more common among the white British and Irish population".

The study involved nearly 28,000 older adults (aged 65 and over) living in the

Posted On August 24, 2015
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Some over-the-counter drugs may be linked to falls in older men

"Popular over-the-counter drugs for hay fever and insomnia may increase the risk of a serious fall among older men," the Daily Mail reports after a study suggested anticholinergic drugs, which can cause side effects such as blurred vision and drowsiness, could increase fall risk.

Posted On July 29, 2015
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Is there really a middle-class drinking `epidemic` in over-50s?

"Middle-class over-50s have become a generation of problem drinkers," the Mail Online reports – a headline that actually has little basis in fact.

This follows the analysis of more than 9,000 adults aged over 50 from the English Longitudinal S

Posted On July 24, 2015
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People may age at different rates

"Ageing rates vary widely, says study," BBC News reports. For 12 years, researchers tracked a range of biomarkers associated with the ageing process.

Biomarkers are indicators of how well certain biological processes or systems are functioning.

In this study, the researchers described age-related biomarkers

Posted On July 08, 2015