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'Super agers' defy the odds to keep their brains sharp

'Super agers' defy the odds to keep their brains sharp

By Modern Healthcare  |  April 29, 2017

Like death and taxes, bodily aging is one of life's certainties-but cognitive aging might not be. The mental deterioration most people associate with aging is linked to the widespread thinning of the brain's outermost layer, the cortex.

Read all about it: Developing a book habit linked to longer life

Read all about it: Developing a book habit linked to longer life

By Modern Healthcare  |  August 27, 2016

“Reading books is helping you keep your brain sharp, which is helping you live longer,” explained Avni Bavishi, a master's degree candidate at Yale University's School of Public Health who led the study published recently in Social Science and Medicine.

Pushing elderly patients to keep moving

Pushing elderly patients to keep moving

By Anna Gorman  |  August 06, 2016

Despite a growing body of research that shows staying in bed can be harmful to seniors, many hospitals still don't put a high priority on making them walk. But at UAB Hospital-Highland's 26-bed geriatric unit, patients are encouraged to start moving as soon as they arrive.

Advance care planning vital to true patient-centered care

Advance care planning vital to true patient-centered care

By Dr. Richard Lopez  |  April 30, 2016

A report issued by the Dartmouth Atlas Project this year found that as people age, many continue to receive care that does not align with their own preferences. This is especially true at the end stages of serious illnesses.

Editorial: Healthcare alone won't reverse coming longevity decline

Editorial: Healthcare alone won't reverse coming longevity decline

By Merrill Goozner  |  April 23, 2016

New CDC data show white women on average lived slightly shorter lives in 2014 compared to 2013. Most experts agreed it was a worrisome harbinger of what awaits other groups suffering the ill-effects of our increasingly unequal society.

Teaching young physicians how to say no to aggressive end-of-life care

By Maria Castellucci  |  April 19, 2016

Helping families cope with end-of-life care decisions can trigger tremendous stress in young physicians.Training them in how to deliver those difficult messages can help healthcare systems eliminate interventions that reduce quality of life and needlessly run up costs.

New living arrangements for dementia patients

New living arrangements for dementia patients

By Michael Sandler  |  March 19, 2016

The expansion of memory-care living facilities is part of the ongoing evolution of senior citizen residential care, which has seen rapid changes over the past few decades. Few people move directly into nursing homes anymore.

Emeritus deal drags down Brookdale Senior Living results

By Melanie Evans  |  February 09, 2016

Brookdale Senior Living, the nation's largest senior and assisted-living company, ended the final months of the year with flat revenue and a drop in occupancy as the company struggled to digest its $2.8 billion acquisition of Emeritus Corp.

Data Points for Dec. 14, 2015

Data Points for Dec. 14, 2015

By Modern Healthcare  |  December 12, 2015

Data Points for the week of Dec. 14, 2015, covered the following topics: Mass shootings, healthcare costs, ebola, contraceptive coverage and breast cancer screening

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