The elderly brain is more vulnerable to the adverse effects of surgery and anesthesia compared with the younger brain. Both anecdotally and in clinical investigation, the elderly surgical population has been found to exhibit a significantly higher prevalence of postoperative cognitive decline. The most common manifestations of this decline are postoperative delirium (POD) and postoperative cognitive dysfunction (POCD).
The positive benefits of music for the frail elderly abound in medical literature, but new research suggests music that is too loud may be more harmful than helpful.
Often referred to as the "cognitive elite," or "superagers," sharp-thinking seniors close to either side of 100 have brains that could yield changes in memory care and treatment for diseases like dementia and Alzheimer's, according to new research.
Seniors who have better heart and lung health tend to have better memory recall and cognitive capabilities, according to a new study in the Journal of Gerontology.
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Life experiences with intellectual stimulation may have more impact than demographic influences on cognitive abilities in older adults, researchers find.
Older adults who participate in mental exercise programs reported less difficulty with activities of daily living, according to a new study. Researchers reported that benefits were still apparent as long as 10 years after training took place.
Statins, which are commonly used to treat high cholesterol, do not cause cognition problems in the short term and may offer significant protection against dementia in the long term. This is according to new research that contradicts government warnings about these medications.
Wellness directors confronted with a decision whether to adopt computerized brain fitness programs designed to combat cognitive decline are faced with two critical questions. First, do these programs work? And second, will they add to the bottom line?
Mental and physical stimulation improves seniors' memory and thinking skill, regardless of how rigorous the activities are, according to a recently published study.
Aggressive therapy can improve language function and general cognition for seniors who have had aphasia for years, according to a study recently published in Brain and Language.
The anxiety associated with an impending survey should be offset by the fact that the nursing facility holds the secret to its own success - the knowledge of its customers.
Dementia researchers find non-drug intervention 'at least' as effective as medications in halting disease progressionDecember 05, 2011
A non-drug dementia intervention piloted in German nursing homes proved as effective as medications in halting progression of disease, a new study reveals.
Electrical stimulation appears to reverse some of the brain damage caused by Alzheimer's disease in people with early symptoms of the degenerative disorder, new research suggests.
Memory fitness programs at senior living communities helped improve seniors' verbal learning and retention, plus boosted their self-perceived memory, a new study finds.