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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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Digital health

Light exposure during sleep tied to obesity, diabetes, hypertension-9192

Light exposure during sleep tied to obesity, diabetes, hypertension

In a sample of men and women ages 63 to 84, those who were exposed to any amount of light while sleeping at night were significantly more likely to be obese, and have high blood pressure and diabetes, compared to adults who were not exposed to any light during the night. Light exposure was measured with a wrist-worn device and tracked over seven days.

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Light at night

Everyday ageism more common among those in poor health-9187

Everyday ageism more common among those in poor health

Nearly all older adults have experienced some form of ageism in their everyday lives, a recent study suggests -- whether it's seeing ageist messages and images on television or the internet, encountering people who imply that they're less capable just because they're older, or believing stereotypes about aging.

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Ageism

Game using dual-task exercises yields cognitive, physical benefits-9179

Game using dual-task exercises yields cognitive, physical benefits

Researchers in Japan have found that even the oldest adults can benefit from a game-like intervention that targets cognitive and physical function by combining body movement with tasks that stimulate frontal, temporal, and occipital brain activity. The game, called Synapsology (SYNAP), takes advantage of an emerging evidence base on the potential of dual-task (DT) training to delay the onset of dementia. DT exercises require that specific cognitive and motor tasks be performed simultaneously.

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Serious games

Feeling younger boosts likelihood of successful rehab-9176

Feeling younger boosts likelihood of successful rehab

Researchers have found that feeling young can increase the chances of successful rehabilitation from medical conditions, even in old age. Future research could assist in designing interventions geared to induce a younger subjective age in individuals, which might assist them in rehabilitating more successfully, the authors suggest. Such interventions also may help correct false beliefs of aging and include cognitive techniques that help change negative automatic thoughts about aging.

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Rehabilitation

Stats: Cognitive impairment risk 137% higher with sight problem-9169

Stats: Cognitive impairment risk 137% higher with sight problem

Forty-four percent of older adults with untreated sight conditions may be at increased risk of dementia, according to a systematic review and meta-analysis of 16 studies involving more than 76,000 participants ages 50 and above. Further, the likelihood of having a cognitive impairment was 137% higher among people who had a sight problem compared to those who did not.

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Vision

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