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Driving simulators help older adults improve their road skills

Older drivers could benefit from training programs that put them behind the wheel -- in a driving simulator, with an observer who helps them develop their skills. That's the conclusion of a new article published in Current Directions in Psychologica...

Do old people suck? Over-50’s prefer negative stories about young people

When given a choice, older people prefer to read negative news, rather than positive news, about young adults, a new study suggests. In fact, older...

Half of older adults with high blood pressure don’t have it...

At least half of older adults with hypertension do not have their blood pressure controlled to normal levels, according to a survey of 5,888 patients around the country. The failure to control blood pressure to less than 140/90 mmHg may account for as much as 22 percent of myocardial infarctions and 34 percent of strokes in older adults, according to University of Washington researchers.

Fat, not mild aerobics, helps osteoporosis

While day-to-day physical activities such as walking, housework and shopping may be good for your heart, they don't do much for your bones, according to a Johns Hopkins study. The new report, published in the November issue of the Journal of Internal Medicine, found that neither light-intensity activities nor aerobic fitness level contributed to bone health, contrasting previous studies suggesting that aerobics could play a role. Having a few extra pounds, however, was a help. Among a group of older adults studied, those with greater muscle strength and higher body fat, especially in the abdomen, had higher bone mineral densities.

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