How Your Age Affects Your Happiness, and Other News to Know

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How you age determines what makes you happy

The question of what makes us truly happy is more philosophical than practical, but new research claims that a person’s age may play a pivotal role in determining the happiness they derive from particular events. Scientists from Dartmouth College and the University of Pennsylvania compared the impact of ordinary (everyday) events versus extraordinary (once-in-a-lifetime) events on a person’s mood. They concluded that, the older a person is, the more happiness they will derive from ordinary events, such as cuddling on the couch with a loved one or going on a bike ride with a close friend. Happiness can be a hard state of mind to reach while caring for a loved one, here are a few ways caregivers can make time for happiness.

High blood sugar can cause memory problems

Having consistently high blood sugar may impair memory, even for non-diabetics, says a new study in the journal Neurology. Among a group of 141 adults age 63 and older, those with higher long-term blood sugar levels couldn’t recall as many words on a standard memory test as those with more muted levels. The connection between blood sugar and brain function is not new, in fact, some experts even refer to Alzheimer’s as “type 3 diabetes.”

The right rehab program dramatically increases mobility after joint replacement

Seniors who undergo an intensive rehabilitation following knee or hip replacement surgery may experience a three-fold increase in their ability to move around and perform daily tasks when compared to their status prior to the procedure, according to a nationwide analysis recently published in the American Journal of Physical Medicine. Researchers examined data from nearly 13,000 joint replacement patients with an average age of 71 who were admitted to inpatient rehabilitation facilities after their surgeries. Each patient’s mobility was scored on a scale of one to seven (one being the lowest) at three distinct points in the process: when they went in for their procedure, when they were discharged from the rehabilitation center, and three to six months after being released from the rehabilitation center. The average senior started the process at a 1.6 on the scale and ended with a 5.6, mere months after rehabilitation. It’s important to keep in mind that inpatient rehabilitation services are not always covered by Medicare. Typically, in order to qualify for coverage, a senior must have additional health concerns, such as heart disease. There are many factors to take into account when considering a joint replacement procedure; here’s one caregiver’s personal account of how knee surgery can be a big deal.

People with two parents with Alzheimer’s show earlier signs of brain damage

The children of two parents who have Alzheimer’s exhibit more signs of neurological damage, according to a study by the American Academy of Neurology. The PET and MRI brain scans of individuals whose parents both suffered from Alzheimer’s showed five to ten percent more plaque and other abnormalities, when compared with people who had one or no parents with the disease. Study authors hope their findings will lead to earlier diagnosis—and thus, better treatment options—for Alzheimer’s, which currently has no cure or truly effective therapy.


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