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Resilience, a person’s ability to overcome adverse circumstances, is the main quality associated with pain tolerance among patients and their adjustment to chronic pain. This is the result of a new study carried out at the University of Málaga that shows that the effect of gender on this ability is not as significant as originally thought.

Over the years a number of clinical trials have shown important gender differences with regard to susceptibility to pain through illness, effectiveness of medications and recovery after anesthetic. Furthermore, these results coincide with general lore where it is often said that women tolerate pain better than men.

However, a new study led by researchers at Malaga University with the aim of analyzing the differences between men and women in terms of their experience with chronic pain has dispelled this theory, revealing that these differences are minimal.

Full story of pain tolerance in men and women at Science Daily

The link between stroke and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) has been established by several clinical studies in recent years, with the most significant risks attributed to male patients. Now, a new study by researchers from Boston says the link between OSA and stroke may be just as strong among women.

According to the study, because men tend to develop OSA earlier than women, studies that have evaluated the link between OSA and stroke among age-matched groups of men and women may have underestimated associations.

Elderly people who participate in “brain training” classes to keep their minds sharp continue to see positive benefits 10 years after the training, according to a new study.

Even if they took only an initial set of classes aimed at improving their ability to solve problems and react quickly, participants showed that the training stuck with them a decade later, the researchers reported in the January issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Those who received “booster” sessions during the following 10 years displayed even better mental abilities, compared with people who received no brain lessons at all.

The lasting mental boost that can be achieved by taking brain training is a surprise, said study co-author Jonathan King, program director for cognitive aging at the U.S. National Institute on Aging, a co-sponsor of the study.

“When the study first started, people had some idea you could get a short-term effect,” King said. “I don’t think anyone anticipated you could get a five-year or a 10-year effect.”

There is a drawback, however. Problem-solving and quick-reaction training stuck with participants, but memory lessons did not, the researchers said.

Full story of elderly brain training at Health Day Living

The 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty brings a welcome and much-needed debate about how best to eradicate poverty in the world’s wealthiest country. Unfortunately, few commentators focus on how poverty impacts the lives of the nation’s older adults — but they should.

There are approximately 6.5 million people age 65 and over living in poverty in America today — a number that is too high and, unfortunately, only growing. That’s 6.5 million of our mothers, fathers, uncles, aunts, grandmothers, grandfathers that struggle daily to afford food and rent, to access needed health care and long-term services and supports, to remain connected to their families and active in their communities. Older adults who are poor deserve special attention and we should unite to reduce their numbers.

Looking more closely, the story of senior poverty in this country provides three valuable lessons.

1. Government safety net programs can work. The government safety net for older adults is by and large a success story. Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid have dramatically reduced the official federal poverty rate for seniors from 35 percent in 1960 to nine percent in 2011. Social Security alone lifted 22 million people out of poverty in 2012. Without Social Security, nearly half of all seniors would be poor.

Full story of seniors and poverty at the Huffington Post

Before we are allowed to get our drivers’ licenses at the age of 16, most of us have to undergo various tests of knowledge. Some actually have to take in-car driving tests, proving their aptitude. The idea behind this is that young people, who have not driven much, need to be tested in order to maintain relative safety on the roads.

A similar thought process is used by those who argue for driving tests to be taken by older people. The elderly — with potentially impaired vision or cognitive thinking — can make for unsafe drivers just as teenagers — with their rash actions and undeveloped brains — can. This problem continues to grow, as advancements in medical science lead to a larger population of older people than ever before.

The elderly make up 9 percent of the U.S. population, but they account for 14 percent of all traffic fatalities and 17 percent of all pedestrian fatalities, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Additionally, the safety administration claims that the population of older adults has increased by 20 percent since 2003. Of course, not all older drivers are bad, and by no means are all young drivers good. This disproportion, however, needs to be taken care of.

Full story of the problems with aging drivers at the Iowa State Daily

American survivors of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour, many in their 90s, gathered yesterday for the 72nd anniversary of the attack that took the lives of more than 2,000 of their peers and thrust the United States into World War Two.

Many used wheelchairs, while others leaned on canes or relied on the help of family members as they commemorated the attack of December 7, 1941, a date that President Franklin Roosevelt said “will live in infamy.”

“We’re getting to be fewer and fewer every time,” said Robert Irwin, an 89-year-old retired lieutenant with the San Francisco Fire Department.

About 50 Pearl Harbour survivors attended the day’s commemorative ceremony, and roughly 2,500 people attended overall.

Irwin was just 17, serving at Pearl Harbor when Japanese air and naval forces attacked the island of Oahu. The assault took about 2,400 American lives.

Nearly half of those who died were sailors aboard the battleship USS Arizona, which Japanese torpedo bombers sank early in the attack, killing 1,177 of its 1,400-member crew.

Full story of the elderly on the Pearl Harbor attack at The Malay Mail Online

You may have an elderly mother who is living on her own, but you’re worried about signs of dementia and whether she will forget to turn off the stove or water. Or perhaps you just want to quickly check to make sure she got up in the morning and started her daily routine.

The Palo Alto Medical Foundation, a group of doctors, hospitals and clinics, is piloting a program that measures utility use – gas, water and electricity – to alert relatives or caregivers when they are not at the home that something may not be right.

The idea, which is in the very early testing phases, is to attach a small device to the SmartMeter attached to the home of a senior so that utility use could be transmitted to the person caring for her. It may sound a bit Big Brother-ish, but far less so than cameras or other sensor devices available for home use.

“Most seniors don’t want to be wired and most seniors don’t want to be watched,” said Dr.Paul Tang, the Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s chief innovation and technology officer. “But could we know in an unobtrusive, scalable way whether mom woke up and did she get up? What happens if we knew the stove was used for eight minutes at 8 o’clock?”

Full story of utility use and the elderly at the SF Gate

Dear To Her Credit,

Can I accept a financial gift from my father? My husband and I filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy about two years ago, but we revised our case last December when we gave up our house. We were divorced in April, and I live with my father now. He wants to know if I can accept money from him or have my name on a joint account with him? He is 78 and my mom died two years ago.

– Wendy

Dear Wendy,

Yes, you can accept a gift from your father. The bankruptcy court cannot claim any part of it.

As a general rule, any money you make or receive after bankruptcy is yours. There wouldn’t be much point in going through bankruptcy, after all, if your future income could be used to pay pre-bankruptcy debts. Go out and make as much money as you want, and rest assured that your old creditors can’t touch it.

Full story of financial accounts with the elderly at Fox Business

How many of you know there’s a National Senior Citizens Day every August?

For those who nodded yes, you’re smarter than me. I just found out about it and feel ridiculous, especially since I like to brag about the fact that I’m an advocate for seniors. If it weren’t for Jamie Lee, director of the Churchill County Senior Center, I’d still be clueless. She sent a news release announcing that the day would be celebrated at the center in Fallon, which enlightened me on the fact that such a day exists. Thank you, Jamie. You reminded me that it’s never too late to learn something new.

It turns out that President Ronald Reagan, at the age of 77, proclaimed Aug. 21 as National Senior Citizens Day with the support of Congress. He read the official proclamation Aug. 19, 1988. I’m printing the entire thing, just to remind senior citizens, or mature Americans, as Reno Mayor Bob Cashell likes to call us, how special we are and were in the eyes of President Reagan.

Here we go. Proclamation 5847, as delivered by U.S. President Ronald Reagan, read:

“Throughout our history, older people have achieved much for our families, our communities and our country. That remains true today, and gives us ample reason this year to reserve a special day in honor of the senior citizens who mean so much to our land. With improved health care and more years of productivity, older citizens are reinforcing their historical roles as leaders, and as links with our patrimony and sense of purpose as individuals and as a nation.

Full story of national senior citizens day at RGJ.com

The Elderly Beating out the YoungThe bankruptcy of Detroit is an extreme example, but it is not an isolated case.

State and local governments face a prolonged squeeze between costly commitments to retirees and demands for better services – schools, police, libraries, parks, roads and prisons.

As the Great Recession fades, pressures for immediate service cuts may recede, Detroit notwithstanding.

But don’t be fooled. The reality is that the scramble for scarce resources is intensifying. Schools compete with nursing homes.

It’s a new twist to an old story. In aging America, demography is politics.

In 2025, there will be an estimated 106 million Americans 55 and over, nearly a third of the total population, up from a fifth in 2000.

The future wrestles with the past. How much to serve the elderly and how much everyone else?

At the national level, Social Security and Medicare are crowding out other programs.

Similar conflicts affecting states and localities are less recognized. Spending for the aged is rising rapidly, while revenue growth is slowing.

Full story of elderly beating out the young at Charleston Daily Mail

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