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Tech: Robotic pet improves mood, behavior, cognition in dementia-8864

Tech: Robotic pet improves mood, behavior, cognition in dementia

While pet therapy is known to be a cost effective and therapeutic intervention for improving mood and behavior in older adults, little is known about pet therapy in people with mild-to-moderate dementia. So, researchers at Florida Atlantic University tested the effectiveness of affordable, interactive robotic pet cats to improve mood, behavior and cognition over the course of 12 visits in an adult day center.

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Dementia

Sitting more linked to depression, anxiety-8857

Sitting more linked to depression, anxiety

As people adhered to stay-at-home orders or self-isolated during the early months of the COVID-19 outbreak, daily commutes turned into shuffles between the bedroom and the living room. Clicking Zoom links erased time spent walking to meeting rooms, and Netflix spilled into time otherwise dedicated to the gym.

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Sedentary

Guide to building an employee advocacy program-8852

Guide to building an employee advocacy program

While employees can be an organization's most powerful and effective source for marketing, recruiting and retention, how can you turn busy staffers into influential advocates and ambassadors for your brand? Ragan Communications aims to help organizations answer that question with a new, free and comprehensive guide, "How to build an employee advocacy program," which delves into tactics every business can use. It's definitely worth a read.

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Employee wellness

Illness, death messaging best motivation for exercise-8847

Illness, death messaging best motivation for exercise

Fitness apps that emphasize illness- or death-related messaging are more likely to be effective in motivating physical activity than are social stigma, obesity or financial cost messaging, according to a recent study.

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Exercise

Pandemic causes depression, anxiety disorders to soar-8842

Pandemic causes depression, anxiety disorders to soar

The first global estimates of impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health in 2020 suggests an additional 53 million cases of major depressive disorder and 76 million cases of anxiety disorders were due to the pandemic. Although younger people were more affected than older people, women at all ages were most affected. The authors call for urgent action by governments and policy makers to strengthen mental health systems globally to meet increased pandemic-related demand.

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Pandemic

Stats: Boosting dairy intake curbs fracture risk by 33%-8836

Stats: Boosting dairy intake curbs fracture risk by 33%

Increasing intake of foods rich in calcium and protein such as milk, yogurt, and cheese, reduced falls and fractures in senior living in a randomized, controlled trial. The study is one of only a few to examine whether getting these nutrients from foods (as opposed to supplements) is effective and safe. The researchers say the findings have "widespread implications as a public health measure for fracture prevention."

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Falls management

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