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Fresh hope for preventing pneumonia in the elderly this winter

There are calls for the frail and elderly not be be overlooked for vaccines against pneumonia this winter, with UNSW research challenging ...

New simulator for older drivers is put to the test

University of Adelaide researchers are hoping that a new computer-based driving simulation will help lead to accurate, low-cost testing of older drivers' ...

Scholars Propose New Standards for Gauging Muscle Decline in Older Adults

Sarcopenia — the age-related loss of muscle mass and strength — may put up to 50 percent of seniors at greater risk for disability, yet there is no consensus within the medical community for how this condition should be measured. ... Full story

Research sheds light on social lives of older people

A new report funded by the Centre for Ageing Research and Development in Ireland (CARDI) finds that many older people enjoy good social connections. However, a substantial number are at risk of social exclusion. It also finds that a lack of information about social exclusion hinders the effectiveness of policies and programmes aimed to help those older people most in need. ... Full story

Advances Made in Improving Error Awareness in Older People

Neuroscientists at Trinity College Dublin have found that people in their 70s are on average less aware of mistakes they make than younger people. The findings may help us develop better methods for helping older people keep mentally sharp as they get older. ... Full story

Can animals really help people in hospitals, aged care?

While many people have an opinion on whether animals can help to improve wellbeing and care for patients in hospitals, does anyone really know whether there are benefits both for the patients and the animals themselves? ... Full story

Aging Workforce Requires New Strategies for Employee Retention, MU Researcher Says

Re-evaluating retirement plans becomes more important as baby boomers, particularly those in government jobs, reach retirement age ... Full story

Carpenter helped develop guidelines to improve older adult care in emergency departments

Chris Carpenter, MD, associate professor of emergency medicine, co-chaired the national Geriatric Emergency Department Guidelines Task Force, which created new recommendations intended to improve the care for older adults in emergency departments. ... Full story

Aging adults need more physical activity

Working daily physical activity into the lives of older Canadians is critical to improving health benefits, yet most don’t meet national recommendations, says the director of Simon Fraser University’s Aging and Population Health Lab. ... Full story

More older women facing homeless future

Researchers at The University of Western Australia have confirmed what advocates have been warning for some time - increasing numbers of older women are becoming homeless. ... Full story

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