Drugs used to combat herpes could slow down the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study.
Previous research has shown that the herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV1) is connected to the development of the malady, which reduces peoples’ ability to recall old memories and make new ones.
This most recent study has shown that cells that are infected with HSV1 contain a build up of proteins that damage the brains of people suffering with Alzheimer’s – these proteins are reduced with antiviral drugs prescriptions. Read more
Seniors will be able to take advantage of discounted taxi rides in Coachella Valley in California following the introduction of a federal grant.
Regulator of the region’s taxi industry SunLine Services Group has introduced the program, which will allow older people over the age of 65 to buy $75 of vouchers in a 31 day period. Each voucher will be worth double the taxi fare – for example a $10 voucher will cover a $20 journey. Read more
The number of people over the age of 65 living in Sussex County in Delaware has risen by 44% over the last decade, figures from the US Census Bureau have revealed.
The rise has resulted in an increase in the demand for retirement facilities, nursing homes and assisted living communities in the area. It has also led to a boost in the jobs market with the creation of an extra 554 residential nursing roles between 2001 and 2011. Read more
Families should look out for signs that their elderly relative may be falling into depression in the run up to the holiday season, according to Home Instead Senior Care.
The senior care organization has issued a list of tell tale signs that could signal the onset of depression such as losing or gaining weight, finding it difficult to sleep, a general lack of energy and feelings of sadness.
With Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas just around the corner more older adults are susceptible to experiencing feelings of loneliness and sadness if they have little or no companionship.
President and Chief Operating Officer of Home Instead Inc, Jeff Huber said: “The holiday season should be a happy time for older adults, but so often it’s not. That’s why companionship for seniors plays such a vital role before, during and even after the holiday season.”
The number of seniors admitted to hospital with heart failure has dropped by 30%, a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association has revealed.
The findings were based on the 55 million patients who were hospitalized for heart failure from 1999 to 2008 under Medicare’s fee-for-service program.
Experts were surprised with the figures given the rise in obesity and diabetes – two risk factors that tend to increase the chances of being struck by heart disease.
The drop also led to a saving of $4.1 billion in Medicare’s hospital costs.
Nine out of ten seniors feel revitalized after spending time with their family, according to a new report.
Commissioned by the National Council on Aging and health insurance firm Humana Inc, the study also found that seven out of ten seniors wish that they saw their loved ones more over the course of the year.
Just under half of the 1,500 participants said their families do not hold enough reunions and a third said that they have to encourage communication themselves to organize gatherings. Read more
Thousands of people took part in the 23rd annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Manhattan’s Riverside Park yesterday.
Walkers raised $1 million in the fight to find a cure for the disease, which commonly affects people in old age.
Lou-Ellen Barkan, president of the Alzheimer’s Association’s New York City chapter, said: “In less than 40 years, if there is no cure, treatment or prevention, one out of every five New Yorkers will either have this disease or be taking care of someone who does.” Read more
A senior citizen’s luncheon at the Bartlett Community Center in Chicago, Illinois has been organised by the Bartlett Woman’s Club for this Thursday.
The annual event has been put together by the volunteer group to serve the community and promote good fellowship.
Lunch and musical entertainment will be provided to attendees for a $5 entrance fee payable at the door.
The club has also requested that participants bring non perishable foods with them for donation to the local food pantries.
The luncheon will take place in the Oak Room of the center at noon.
Groceries were handed out to senior citizens as part of Berks County food drive yesterday to combat hunger among the elderly.
People over the age of 60 living in Reading, Pennsylvania collected a grocery bag weighing 13.5 pounds each at George M. Rhodes Apartments, 815 Franklin St. – a total of 2,000 pounds was distributed in total. Bags contained oatmeal, spaghetti sauce, tuna, canned vegetables, peanut butter and apple sauce cups. Read more
A fire broke out at Ivy Ridge Nursing Home yesterday at midday in Roxborough.
No injuries were reported but the roof of the vacant Philadelphia nursing home, based at 5633 Ridge Avenue, was engulfed in the flames.
Fire Department spokesman, Captain Jeffrey Thompson said: “The cause of the fire is still under investigation.”
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