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Preferred life expectancy and its association with hypothetical adverse life scenarios

"A new study sheds light on how the specter of dementia and chronic pain reduce people's desire to live into older ages. Among Norwegians 60 years of age and older the desire to live into advanced ages was significantly reduced by hypothetical adverse life scenarios with the strongest effect caused by dementia and chronic pain, according to research conducted at the Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center based at the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health."

Lack of exercise while in quarantine had adverse effects on the health of women aged 50-70

"Tests performed by Brazilian researchers after the first 16 weeks of COVID-19-induced confinement showed loss of muscle strength and diminished aerobic capacity, as well as an increase in cholesterol and glycated hemoglobin"

Memory details fade over time, with only the main gist preserved

"What information is retained in a memory over time, and which parts get lost? These questions have led to many scientific theories over the years, and now a team of researchers at the Universities of Glasgow and Birmingham have been able to provide some answers."

[AGE-OLD PROBLEM] Ageism, career challenges plague unemployed people 45 globally

"New data from Generation, a global employment nonprofit, showed that midcareer workers confront accelerating barriers to employment and suggests interventions to improve their job prospects. Ageism is rampant, according to the research report, Meeting the World's Midcareer Challenge, released on July 8. The report is based on a survey of 3,800 employed and unemployed people, and 1,404 hiring managers, to reveal global employment trends"

[PISS OFF] Urinary incontinence tied to poorer mental health in older women

"Women with urinary incontinence report higher rates of depression and lower levels of self-worth than those who don’t have the condition, according to research presented July 9 at the European Association of Urology congress, EAU21."

[TOOTHLESS] Tooth loss tied to cognitive impairment, dementia

"Tooth loss is a risk factor for cognitive impairment and dementia -- and with each tooth lost, the risk of cognitive decline grows, according to a new analysis. However, the risk was not significant among older adults with dentures, suggesting that timely treatment with dentures may protect against cognitive decline."

[TIME-WASTERS] Could this meeting have been an email?

"An article in Fast Company tackles the seemingly never-ending problem of meetings that either go nowhere or are used simply as the platform for an announcement. Could these meetings – whether in-person or virtual – have been skipped entirely? "

[TECH SAVVY] Tech is booming in senior living

"K4Connect recently released a report, Trending technologies to navigate life and work in senior living during and post-pandemic, which provides insights from a diverse group of more than 40 senior living communities across the U.S. Results come from user data and survey responses between January-April 2021. See where your organization fits among the tech trends that are transforming the industry. "

[GETTING TO THE ROOT] Stress can turn hair gray -- and it's reversible

"Legend has it that Marie Antoinette's hair turned gray overnight just before her beheading in 1791. Though the legend is inaccurate - hair that has already grown out of the follicle does not change color - a study from researchers at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons is the first to offer quantitative evidence linking psychological stress to graying hair in people. "

[AT A LOSS] US minorities experience cognitive decline sooner

"Blacks and Hispanics are more vulnerable to memory loss, confusion and their consequences earlier in life, according to a study published in the journal BMC Public Health. Sangeeta Gupta, MD, a professor in the departments of public and allied health sciences at Delaware State University, investigated levels of subjective cognitive decline in US adults over age 45. "

[GAMING MENTAL WELLNESS] Video games curb depression, anxiety at every age

"Popular video games have the potential to provide low-cost, easy access, effective and stigma-free support for some mental health issues, researchers at Lero, the Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre for Software, University of Limerick, Ireland have found. The team said video games could be used where conventional therapies are not available because of cost or location, or as an addition to traditional therapeutic treatments for depression or anxiety. "

[JUST REWARDS] Boost employees’ creativity: Let them choose their reward

"To boost employees' creativity, managers should consider offering a set of rewards for them to choose from, according to a study by management experts published in the Journal of Applied Psychology. The team systematically examined the effects of reward choice in a field experiment, which was conducted in the context of an organization wide suggestion program."

[FOLLOW THE MONEY] US government to invest $400 billion in elder care

"US President Joe Biden’s $2.3 trillion infrastructure plan includes $400 billion to support elder care, according to an article in The Gerontologist, an official journal of The Gerontological Society of America (GSA). Active-aging organizations of all types should pay attention and learn about the options."

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