Half of older adults now die with a dementia diagnosis, up sharply
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(Science Daily) — Nearly half of all older adults now die with a diagnosis of dementia listed on their medical record, up 36% from two decades ago, a new study shows. But that sharp rise may have more to do with better public awareness, more detailed medical records and Medicare billing practices than an actual rise in the condition,  …

Pandemic isolation magnifies risk of falls for seniors
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(René Bruemmer/ Healthing) — Harbachan Kaur Mudhar was taking a shower when her knee gave out and she suddenly found herself sitting in her bathtub, her leg bent in a peculiar way.
“I saw my leg in a different kind of position and shape,” she said. “And I thought, ‘Here we go.’ ”
There was no pain, until the paramedics came to lift
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Pandemic depression persists among older adults: Study
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(Laura Lawson/ Healthing) — The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the mental health of older people living in the community, with those who are lonely faring far worse, according to new research from McMaster University.
Using data from the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA), a national team of
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Senior Living: COVID-19 shows need for combating ageism
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(Judith Graham/ Daily Breeze) — Earlier this year, the World Health Organization announced a global campaign to combat ageism — discrimination against older adults that is pervasive and harmful, but often unrecognized.

“We must change the narrative around age and ageing” and “adopt strategies to counter” ageist attitudes  …

‘Magic table’ uses technology and active play to help people with dementia
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(Susan Schwartz/ The Montreal Gazette) — As images of green leaves and red ladybugs projected from above danced on a tabletop at the Maimonides Geriatric Centre on Wednesday and participants reached out to swipe at them, resident Harry Mintz had a good line.

“One lady that doesn’t bug me too much,” he said. It earned him a   …

Can virtual reality help seniors? Study hopes to find out
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(Terry Spencer/ CTV News) — Terry Colli and three other residents of the John Knox Village senior community got a trip via computer to the International Space Station in the kickoff to a Stanford University study on whether virtual reality can improve the emotional well-being of older people.

Donning 1-pound (470-gram)  …

No limit to how long people can live?
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Biologists at McGill University say that if there is a limit to how old human can live, they haven’t found it.

“We just don’t know what the age limit might be,” Siegfried Hekimi told CBC. “In fact, by extending trend lines, we can show that maximum and average lifespans could continue to increase far into  …