A new study of seniors age 75 or older found that participants who were active physically, mentally, and socially were most likely to live past age 90. Researchers found that active seniors lived an average of 5.4 years longer than their inactive peers.
The study followed 1810 adults age 75 and older over an 18 year period. Participants were questioned on a variety of topics including several social, physical, and lifestyle factors. By the time the study concluded, 92 percent of participants had passed away. The study found that individuals who lived the longest participated in some sort of physical activity, which included swimming, walking, or gymnastics, didn’t smoke, engaged in leisure activities, which included reading books or newspapers, doing crossword puzzles, or painting, and had a large social network.
Although women on average lived longer than men, men saw a larger life expectancy increase when they exhibited healthy behaviors. Women with the healthy profile lived an average of 5 years longer and men with the healthy profile lived an average of 6 years longer than their peers who did not exhibit these healthy behaviors. Increases in lifespan were also seen in those with chronic conditions. Individuals with chronic conditions and a low risk profile lived 5 years longer than their peers with a high risk profile.
When just comparing individuals with a rich social network to those with a limited or poor social network, individuals with a rich social network lived at least 1.6 years longer than their peers without these social connections. "Our results suggest that encouraging favorable lifestyle behaviours [sic] even at advanced ages may enhance life expectancy, probably by reducing morbidity," concluded researchers.
Read the complete findings in the British Medical Journal.
The Pan American Health Organization, which is the World Health Organization’s agency for the Americas, has adopted a regional plan of action on demen...
Accessiblity Issues, Disabilities, Health and Wellness, Managed Risk
Bed Handles Inc. has once again announced a recall of its adult portable bed handles due to serious entrapment and strangulation hazards as it has rec...
Health and Wellness, Health Care, Managed Risk
A panel of the Food and Drug Administration has voted to recommend approval of a new flu vaccine designed for older adults. It would be the first s...
Facts and Figures, Health and Wellness, Medication Management, Memory Care Best Practices and Research, Memory Care Education, Reports
A large, national clinical trial to study the effect of resveratrol long-term in people with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease found that a biomark...
The Dementia Action Alliance has a released a new report outlining language use related to dementia, noting that these words currently used to describ...
Disabilities, Falls Prevention, Health and Wellness, Managed Risk
The National Council on Aging is offering a webinar Aug. 13 on new resources and tools to use in falls prevention efforts and for Falls Prevention Awa...
End of Life, Engage, Health and Wellness, Memory Care Best Practices and Research, Memory Care Education
Volunteers are needed for clinical trials focusing on Alzheimer’s and related research. To find out more, click on a trial name below and contact the ...
End of Life, Health and Wellness, Managed Risk, Memory Care Best Practices and Research, Memory Care Education
US Against Alzheimer’s, the Mayo Clinic and two universities have been approved for a three-year contract of up to $1.56 million by the Patient-Center...
The Administration for Community Living is offering a new online suite of resources related to brain health, including dementia care. The ACL’s Bra...
All About Alzheimer’s: A Look at Tests, Ethnicities, Diabetes, Drugs and Dementia-Friendly Communities
Facts and Figures, Health and Wellness, Memory Care Best Practices and Research, Memory Care Education, Reports
Errors on memory and thinking tests could signal Alzheimer’s disease up to 18 years before diagnosis, according to a new study from Rush University re...