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Aging brains benefit from higher intensity physical exercise, study indicates

Photo: Louise Mackie via Flickr

Photo: Louise Mackie via Flickr

More confirmation on the benefits of exercise for older adults.

In a recent study, those who reported doing little to no exercise showed greater long-term decline in memory and thinking skills, compared with those having high activity levels. The difference was equivalent to 10 years of aging, according to researchers at the University of Miami, Florida, and Columbia University, New York. Continue reading

Study indicates that frailty differs by region, income, race

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Photo: Vee via Flickr

Geography, race and income matter when it comes to frailty, according to a new study from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Women and the poor are more likely to be frail, and older people in southern states more that three times likely to be frail than those in western states. Additionally, blacks and Hispanics were nearly twice as likely to be frail than whites, researchers concluded. Continue reading

Experts stress lifestyle changes as prevention, treatment for diabetes #ahcj13

Diabetes is prevalent in the United States, and the numbers continue to balloon.

In a Health Journalism 2013 session focusing on type 2 diabetes, a panel of experts discussed the threats of the disease, its growth and possible treatment. The panel was moderated by Tennesseean reporter Tom Wilemon. Continue reading

New findings on frailty challenge assumptions

We often accept frailty, with its depleted energy and general wearing down of the body, as an inevitable part of aging. About 4 percent of men and 7 percent of women older than 65 were frail in a 2001 study. After the age of 85, that rises to about 25 percent.

Frailty leads to more serious problems, such as an increased risk of falling. People who are frail also have a more difficult time recovering if they are hospitalized.

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But, as Judith Graham points out in AHCJ’s core topic pages on aging, exercise can help stave off the decline in body mass, strength, balance and other characteristics of frailty.

Findings like that challenge our view of frail adults as beyond remedy. They’re not. With careful assessment and help from physicians, social workers, nurses, and physical therapists, their functioning can be improved and their lives made easier.

Learn more about frailty, how it affects aging and get links to some relevant studies in the key concepts section of AHCJ’s core topic on aging.

Health series tries to reach those often left out

Kate Dailey of Newsweek has teamed up with Public Radio International for a 10-part series, “DIY Checkup: Taking Control of Our Health.” The project looks at “what people can do to live better, no matter their genetics, history, or economic status.”

Dailey, in a blog post about the series, recognizes that some of the standard pieces of advice, such as going to the gym for exercise or eating fresh fruits and vegetables, are not relevant for significant parts of the population. People who work on their feet all day and people who live in food deserts are not getting the messages in a way that make them relevant to their lives.

As Dailey says, “the language that doctors and journalists often use to talk about personal health often leaves many people out.”

Part one of the series lists things people can do to significantly improve their health. Listen to part one: