Weight loss may be early predictor of Alzheimer’s disease in Down syndrome
The findings indicate weight loss may be a useful predictor of the disease prior to the onset of the cognitive problems that often trigger diagnosis.
UW aging researchers to expand ‘Elder Tree’ web platform to smart devices
Elder Tree supports older adults who wish to remain in their homes. Now, because not everyone can use a computer easily, it will be adapted for smart speakers and smart displays.
Scientists discover cause of aging-related disease in mice, then reverse its symptoms
UW–Madison researchers have shown that mice making too much of a human protein called AT-1 show signs of early aging and premature death, which are also symptoms of the human disorder progeria.
Mining notes from doctors and nurses could improve dementia diagnosis
Searching for clues in electronic health records could steer dementia patients to better treatment and follow-up examinations — especially patients from minority groups that tend to be less likely to receive specialized care.
New toolkit guides professionals, others in scenarios involving dementia
A new toolkit from the School of Nursing prepares professionals, like pharmacists, as well as family members and other front-line staff to face and handle situations involving dementia patients.
‘Amazing Grace’ chorus members take a vacation from Alzheimer’s with singing
The Amazing Grace chorus mixes caregivers and people with dementia; to encourage social contact, the pairs seldom sit side-by-side at performances.
Study: Yoga reduces falls among the elderly
Participants in a study saw significant improvements on two measures of walking gait, and on balance, after 8 weeks of yoga classes.
Plan tests ancient Chinese tradition to help elders with balance
Could a stripped-down tai chi class, taught in just 12 sessions and also practiced at home, improve balance in people over age 65 who were concerned about balance?
Telling the tale of midlife in the United States
MIDUS is a national longitudinal study on aging explicitly focused on midlife, including transitions from young adulthood to midlife, and from midlife into old age.
UW–Madison researchers study plant aging, gain insights into crop yields
New insights into the mechanism behind how plants age may help scientists better understand crop yields, nutrient allocation, and even the timing and duration of fall leaf color.
MacArthur ‘Genius Grant’ winner is UW–Madison alumna
Anne Basting, who received a master’s degree in theatre and drama at UW–Madison, is now a theatre professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Study: Working with others can help prevent Alzheimer’s
New research from the Wisconsin Registry for Alzheimer’s Prevention and the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center shows that people whose jobs involve complex interactions with other people fare the best as their brains age. These include jobs that involve mentoring, negotiating or teaching.
Unparalleled pomp attends professor’s Finnish fete
Sociology Professor Douglas Maynard has received many honors in his career but until recently, they never came with a sword.
Helping seniors stay active, independent through fitness
We all know that exercise is good for us. Yet becoming active late in life comes with a unique set of challenges.
Monkey caloric restriction study shows big benefit; contradicts earlier study
The latest results from a 25-year study of diet and aging in monkeys shows a significant reduction in mortality and in age-associated diseases among those with calorie-restricted diets. The study, begun at the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1989, is one of two ongoing, long-term U.S. efforts to examine the effects of a reduced-calorie diet on nonhuman primates.