Damage to Tiny Blood Vessels Linked to Depression in Older Adults, Study

In a recent study, experts have found another cause of depression that may affect older adults. Health issues like high blood pressure and diabetes damage the microvascular system which may lead to risk of depression in adults ageing 40 years and above. Damage to small blood vessels can also affect the eyes, the nerves, the skin and the kidneys. “Be aware that both hypertension and diabetes are enemies to your microvascular circulation,” said senior author Miranda Schram of Maastricht University Medical Center in the Netherlands.   Small blood vessels and…

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Food bank users increasingly older, better educated

The face of hunger in Toronto is growing older. Adults over age 45 are the fastest growing group of food bank users in the city, making up more than one-third of 905,970 visits in 2015-16, according to the Daily Bread Food Bank. A decade ago, older adults made up just over one-quarter of food bank users, but today they account for 35 per cent of those relying on free food hampers. Meanwhile, the opposite has happened for children under 18, who represented 34 per cent offood bank clients in 2006….

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Older adults benefit from laughter during exercise programs

They say laughter is the best medicine, and researchers say incorporating intentional laughter into exercise programs increases their health benefit for older adults. Simulated laughter techniques added to a strength, balance and flexibility workout improved older adults’ performance in an exercise program and significantly improved their enjoyment, making it more likely they would participate in physical activity and classes more often, report researchers at Georgia State University. Laughter has physical benefits, and in many cases has an effect on the muscles used during exercise programs designed for older adults, the…

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