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Mental exercise has long-term benefits for seniors

Published: Dec 19th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Just as physical exercise is good for the body, mental training can keep older minds functioning better, with results lasting for years.

Snowbirds and “sunbirds” cause big shifts in Florida’s older population

Published: Dec 11th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida’s elderly population fluctuates by nearly 20 percent over the course of a year with the winter arrival of “snowbirds” embracing warmer weather and the summer departure of “sunbirds” escaping to cooler climes, a new University of Florida study finds.

‘Grandtravel’ popular bonding experience for grandparents

Published: Jul 25th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Seniors who like to “spoil the grandchild” without interference from the parents have discovered that the safest bets are long trips to theme parks, historical sites and even on safaris, a new University of Florida study finds.

New UF tool measures heart implant patients’ anxiety

Published: Jun 26th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Implantable heart devices are the treatment of choice for patients with potentially life-threatening irregular heartbeats. But the thought of receiving a high-energy shock to restore normal cardiac rhythm can strike fear in their hearts nonetheless.

Elders with anemia face increased health risks

Published: Jun 15th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Elderly patients who develop anemia risk serious health problems that increase the odds they will be hospitalized and nearly double the chance they will die, according to findings from a long-term study by a multi-institute research team.

Bone marrow may restore cells lost in vision diseases

Published: Jun 8th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — University of Florida scientists conducting experiments with mice have found evidence that the body naturally replenishes small amounts of cells in the eye essential for healthy vision.

Don’t ask, might not think to tell: Communication key to preventing risky drug interactions

Published: May 16th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Older women who regularly mix prescription, over-the-counter and herbal medications are risking their health, University of Florida nursing researchers warn. Many also don’t think to tell their health-care providers about the nonprescription medicines they are taking — and too often practitioners fail to ask.

Cutting calories slightly can reduce aging damage

Published: May 8th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla., — A lifelong habit of trimming just a few calories from the daily diet can do more than slim the waistline — a new study shows it may help lessen the effects of aging.

Elders’ ability to walk predicts future health outcomes

Published: May 5th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — As people age into their 70s, their ability to walk a quarter mile becomes an important predictor of overall health and even how long they might live, according to study findings published in this week’s Journal of the American Medical Association.

Religious orientation influences elderly’s fear of death, study shows

Published: Apr 18th, 2006

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — As they approach death, the churchgoing elderly are likely to find little solace in religion if they had little personal commitment to God during the rest of their lives, a new University of Florida study finds.