It’s the first week of September, and it’s time for another midweek MedAlertHelp roundup! Just like last week’s roundup, we’ve prepared an interesting selection of articles for you covering a broad range of senior-related topics.
This edition will cover the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet and the effects smoke has on your brain. We’ll explore whether we need to rethink the concept of retirement and how telemedicine can improve elderly care. We’ll also talk about programs designed to help seniors get online and the challenges of the increasing number of seniors in 24-hour care. Finally, if you’ve ever wondered whether the aging process is the same in space, we’ll answer that question for you too. Let’s dive right in!
The Mediterranean Diet Can Extend Your Life
Following a Mediterranean diet, which mostly comprises of lots of vegetables, fruits, fish, olive oil, and moderate wine consumption, was found to be associated with a 25% reduction of “all-cause mortality,” especially “cardiovascular or cerebrovascular mortality.” Chelsea Ritschel reported for The Independent the results of a study that observed more than 5,000 people from Southern Italy aged 65. Furthermore, researchers included other epidemiological studies, totaling 12,000 subjects, all confirming the same benefits.
Air Pollution Damages Brain Health
Another massive study, conducted by Xin Zhang of Beijing Normal University and Xi Chen of Yale University, observed around 50,000 older adults who took standardized tests in 2010 and again in 2014. They wanted to find out whether there was a link between poor air quality and a decline in the cognitive abilities in the elderly. Indeed, researchers found that pollution can affect an older person’s ability to think in verbal and math tests. For more on this, head over to Diane Samson’s article for Tech Times.
Should We Retire the Concept of Retirement?
There are two types of people—those who can’t wait to retire and those who dread the concept of retirement. For the former, facing the fact that they’ll probably have to work long past 65 is depressing. For the latter, retirement signals a huge change after which they view themselves as less valuable members of society. So is it time to rethink the very concept of retirement? Continue reading Michelle Singletary’s article for The Washington Post in which she examines different approaches and opinions on the topic.
Telemedicine Is Becoming a Major Tool for Providing Elderly Care
Next, read about the rise of telemedicine—providing healthcare from a distance—and how it can improve elderly care. Thomas Sullivan wrote a piece about it for Policy & Medicine that deals with a report detailing how executives, clinical leaders, and clinicians plan to invest their time and money in areas of care by 2020 to prepare for the growing senior demographic. What can telemedicine provide to seniors? Everything from chronic care management, interventions, home monitoring, and remote counseling to online therapy and more.
Programs for Helping Seniors Get Online
Since we’re on the topic of seniors and technology, check out the article sociologists Sue Malta, Raelene Wilding, and Loretta Baldassar wrote for The Conversation. They studied the increasing usage of the internet among Australian seniors and the social programs that can help get them online. Despite the fact that many people still believe most seniors are not technologically savvy, the number of internet users among adults aged 65 and over has increased from 6% in 2001 to 79% in 2015. Read on to find out more about the programs designed to support older adults in learning how to use the internet.
An Increasing Number of Seniors Need 24-Hour Care
Thanks to the rapidly increasing senior population, a new study has found that the number of people aged 85 and over who need 24-hour care is projected to double in less than 20 years. The study was conducted by Newcastle University and the London School of Economics and Political Science and Laurel Ives reported its results for BBC. Is the UK ready to handle the needs of its fastest-growing demographic? Read her article to find out and watch the video to see the heartbreaking first-hand experiences coming from the elderly living in 24-hour care facilities.
Is the Aging Process the Same in Space?
Our final article for this week comes from Forbes, and in it Robert Frost, instructor and flight controller at NASA, tried to answer an interesting question—do people living on the International Space Station age the same as us? Sorry to disappoint you, but the relativistic effects of the passage of time you’ve seen in movies are an insignificant factor here. Instead, his pragmatic yet insightful answer covered everything including the effects of radiation, microgravity, and stress on astronauts’ bodies.
With that, we’ve reached the end of another midweek MedAlertHelp roundup. We hope you found the articles we picked for you this week helpful and amusing. If you have any suggestions, let us know in the comment section below.
Take care and join us next Wednesday!