MONDAY, April 15, 2019 -- When older adults fall prey to scam artists, it might in some cases be an early warning of Alzheimer's disease, a new study suggests.
The study of 935 older adults found that those who appeared susceptible to scams were at higher risk of mental decline over the next six years. Compared with their more skeptical peers, they were 47% more likely to develop mild cognitive impairment -- problems with memory and thinking that can progress to dementia.
TUESDAY, April 23, 2019 -- Twenty million largely self-taught home caregivers in the United States perform complex medical tasks for family members and friends, a new report says.
That means that half of the nation's 40 million family caregivers do things typically performed by health care professionals, such as giving injections, preparing special diets, handling tube feedings, and dealing with specialized equipment.
FRIDAY, April 12, 2019 -- Being a family caregiver may not be as hazardous to your health as most people think, researchers say.
Decades of research papers and media reports have warned that family caregivers are at risk for health declines. One suggested reason is that the stress of caregiving can increase inflammation and weaken the immune system.
TUESDAY, April 9, 2019 -- There's an upside and a downside to prescribing nursing home residents a long list of medicines, new research confirms.
Taking multiple meds can boost a resident's odds of survival after a heart attack, for example, but it may also lower their ability to safely perform daily activities, researchers reported April 9 in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.
THURSDAY, April 4, 2019 -- As the American population ages, elder abuse rates are increasing, particularly among men, federal health officials reported Thursday.
Between 2002 and 2016, the rate of assaults among men 60 and older jumped 75%, while it rose 35% among women between 2007 and 2016. Among older men, the homicide rate increased 7% between 2010 and 2016, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.