Tom Seaver, like Robin Williams, had Lewy body dementia, but what is this strange illness? A neurologist explains

A pitcher known for his mental game as well as his physical prowess, Tom Seaver died this week from Lewy body dementia. A doctor explains this troubling form of dementia.

Melissa J. Armstrong, Associate Professor, Neurology, University of Florida • conversation
Sept. 4, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  dementia  living-longer-2020  robin-williams  lewy-body-dementia

Tom Seaver, like Robin Williams, had Lewy body dementia, but what is this strange illness?

A pitcher known for his mental game as well as his physical prowess, Tom Seaver died this week from Lewy body dementia. A doctor explains this troubling form of dementia.

Melissa J. Armstrong, Associate Professor, Neurology, University of Florida • conversation
Sept. 4, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  dementia  living-longer-2020  robin-williams  lewy-body-dementia

Economic hardship from COVID-19 will hit minority seniors the most

New data shows the Great Recession hurt older, poorer Blacks and Hispanics the most. The pandemic downturn is likely to be even worse for them.

Jane Tavares, Research Fellow, LeadingAge LTSS Center, University of Massachusetts Boston • conversation
Aug. 24, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus pandemic seniors older-adults living-longer-2020 2007-08-financial-crisis social-security economic-recession

The loneliness of social isolation can affect your brain and raise dementia risk in older adults

The social isolation older adults are experiencing as they try to stay safe from the coronavirus pandemic is raising new mental health risks, but people can take steps to protect themselves.

Martin J. Sliwinski, Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, Director of the Center for Healthy Aging, Pennsylvania State University • conversation
Aug. 4, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: alzheimers-disease health covid-19 coronavirus pandemic aging elderly isolation seniors touch social-isolation living-longer-2020 living-longer cognitive-decline living-alone

The importance of blood tests for Alzheimer's: 2 neuroscientists explain the recent findings

A blood test to detect Alzheimer's disease in people who have symptoms and even those who don't has been shown to work. Scientists still need to improve its accuracy rate to almost 100%, however.

Todd Golde, Director, Evelyn F. and William L. McKnight Brain Institute Director, 1Florida Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, Professor, Department of Neuroscience, College of Medicine University of Florida, University of Florida • conversation
July 30, 2020 ~12 min

Tags: alzheimers-disease living-longer-2020

Social isolation: The COVID-19 pandemic's hidden health risk for older adults, and how to manage it

Social distancing is leaving older Americans more isolated and opening them up to serious health risks.

Matthew Lee Smith, Co-Director of Texas A&M Center for Population Health and Aging, Texas A&M University • conversation
July 6, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: health mental-health covid-19 coronavirus pandemic aging elderly social-distancing isolation seniors social-isolation living-longer-2020 living-longer

From marmots to mole-rats to marmosets – studying many genes in many animals is key to understanding how humans can live longer

Is there a single master gene that controls longevity in all mammals? Or are 'Fountain of Youth' genes little more than a myth?

Amanda Kowalczyk, Ph.D. Candidate in Computational and Systems Biology, University of Pittsburgh • conversation
July 1, 2020 ~8 min

Tags:  genes  aging  longevity  living-longer-2020  living-longer  youth  lifespan  fountain-of-youth

Coronavirus shows how ageism is harmful to health of older adults

Prejudice toward older Americans can impact their physical and emotional health.

Phillip W. Schnarrs, Associate Professor of Population Health, University of Texas at Austin • conversation
June 15, 2020 ~7 min

Tags:  public-health  covid-19  coronavirus  aging  nursing-homes  prejudice  older-adults  living-longer-2020  older-people  ageism  senior-citizens

Prescription drug costs would have been a major campaign issue, so what will happen now that coronavirus is center stage?

Studies repeatedly have shown that health care in general and the high cost of drugs in particular are among the top concerns of US voters. But with coronavirus, the issue may fade from prominence.

Simon F. Haeder, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Pennsylvania State University • conversation
May 20, 2020 ~9 min

Tags:  elderly  prescription-drug-prices  health-insurance  seniors  living-longer-2020  pfizer  prescription-drugs  medicare-us  drug-costs  cvs

How coronavirus could forever change home health care, leaving vulnerable older adults without care and overburdening caregivers

Home health care is a much trickier question after COVID-19, and that becomes an issue for millions of older people who rely on home health care, as well as the workers who care for them.

Paula Rochon, Senior research scientist, University of Toronto • conversation
May 18, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus pandemic medicare medicaid nursing-homes older-adults living-longer-2020 nurses senior-citizens

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