• Virginia Tech researcher to pursue life-saving solutions for aging adults with $1.3 million federal grant

    7 monthes ago - By News Medical

    Homebound older adults often face a sense of loneliness few could imagine. Caretakers have long sought ways to heal the pain of isolated aging adults and lower their risk of suicide. The COVID-19 pandemic has only intensified the challenge.
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  • Older adults with schizophrenia may have increased risk for dementia

    7 monthes ago - By Healio

    Older adults with schizophrenia had an increased risk for a dementia diagnosis, according to results of a retrospective cohort study published in JAMA Psychiatry.
    Compared with adults aged 66 years or older without serious mental illness, those with schizophrenia showed a higher likelihood of developing a serious mental illness, with risk increasing with age. The researchers noted that the link between schizophrenia and dementia is not well understood, which prompted them to perform this study.
    “The early dementia diagnoses are not primarily Alzheimer's disease or vascular
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  • Older adults with hip osteoarthritis and chronic low back pain may be at risk of falls

    7 monthes ago - By Healio

    According to researchers at the University of Delaware, older adults with concurrent hip osteoarthritis and chronic low back pain may be a high-risk group for accidental falls.
    Patrick J. Knox, PT, DPT, MS, and colleagues prospectively monitored 210 adult patients with chronic low back pain for 1 year. Using American College of Rheumatology criteria, researchers found 97.1% of patients exhibited signs and symptoms of hip OA.
    During the 1-year span, Knox and colleagues recorded a total of 219 falls from 42.4% of patients. They also noted that compared with
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