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Psychological resilience tied to better walking ability after hip surgery-9238

Psychological resilience tied to better walking ability after hip surgery

Community-dwelling older adults experiencing hip fracture often fail to achieve adequate walking capacity following surgery and rehabilitation. A study that included 210 community-dwelling adults ages 60+ who had surgery after hip fracture looked at the impact of psychological factors on post-fracture walking capacity.

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Lifestyle, not age, may be key to dementia risk-9236

Lifestyle, not age, may be key to dementia risk

Individuals with no dementia risk factors, such as smoking, diabetes or hearing loss, have similar brain health as people who are 10 to 20 years younger than they are, according to a Baycrest study. The study found that a single dementia risk factor could reduce cognition by the equivalent of up to three years of aging.

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Gardening, art-making may cultivate better mental health-9235

Gardening, art-making may cultivate better mental health

It's known that horticultural therapy can improve mental health among individuals with medical conditions, but a recent pilot study found that healthy people may also reap mental health benefits from working with plants — even if they’ve never gardened before. Specifically, the researchers found that among healthy women who attended twice-weekly gardening classes, the activity lowered stress, anxiety and depression. The comparison activity, art-making, also brought positive changes.

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Spirituality tied to better health, community: Expert panel-9234

Spirituality tied to better health, community: Expert panel

A research update from the Human Flourishing Program at Harvard summarizes an extensive systematic review of the literature on spirituality in health and illness and on the implications for patients, clinicians, and communities.

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Stats: 81% of workers will weigh mental health support in future job decisions-9232

Stats: 81% of workers will weigh mental health support in future job decisions

Eight in 10 US workers say that how employers support their employees’ mental health will be an important consideration when they seek future job opportunities, while 71% believe their employer is more concerned about the mental health of employees now than in the past, according to a recent survey from the American Psychological Association (APA).

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Tech Talk: Many digital health startups lack robustness-9201

Tech Talk: Many digital health startups lack robustness

The digital health sector has experienced rapid growth over the past decade. However, healthcare technology stakeholders lack a comprehensive understanding of clinical robustness and claims across the industry, according to a recent study. It's something active-aging organizations should bear in mind when considering purchasing new technology.

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