Taking care of an aging relative is often portrayed as a angst-laden misery. But the evidence on that is all over the map. A new study says that family caregivers actually live longer than their non-caregiving counterparts. Looking after someone with dementia can be stressful, but that's not always the case.
Glucosamine and chondroitin have been popular supplements for arthritis for years. But clinical trials in humans haven't shown that they're any better than sugar pills at reducing pain. Some doctors say that if placebos or supplements help people exercise and lose weight, then that's OK.
Stressful events in midlife, like the death of a spouse or loss of a job, increased the risk of dementia for women in old age, according to a Swedish study. The researchers couldn't say whether some women's habits, such as regular exercise, lowered the risk from stress.
In February of 2012, about 25 administrators from long-term care facilities began learning how to provide better, individualized care for their residents and how to create a more empowering and satisfying work culture for their staff by taking part in the Central Indiana Leadership Collaborative for Nursing Homes.
As people age, caps called telomeres on the ends of their chromosomes shrink. The observation has led some scientists to argue the shortening is not only a marker of aging but a fundamental driver of senescence.