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Friday, February 27, 2015

Senior Health News: Can virtual reality help treat anxiety in older people? ♦ Statins may not lower Parkinson's risk,♦ kin test may shed new light on Alzheimer

Can virtual reality help treat anxiety in older people?  Up to 25% of people aged 65 and over experience varying degrees of anxiety. Although cognitive behavioral therapy is a preferred treatment approach, it has limitations as people age (decreased mobility and visualization skills). Could virtual reality be an effective therapy for anxiety in older people? Continue Reading
Statins may not lower Parkinson's risk, experts say  The use of statins may not be associated with lowering risk for Parkinson's disease, according to a new study. The findings cast doubts on reports suggesting that the cholesterol-lowering medications may protect against this neurodegenerative brain disorder. Continue Reading
Independent home living or healthcare facility? Web tool to speed data collection By 2030, one in five Americans will be age 65 or older. To understand the role neighborhoods play in seniors' ability to 'age in place' -- living safely and independently in one's home of choice rather than in a healthcare facility -- researchers created a web application that speeds up researchers' data collection. Continue Reading

Skin test may shed new light on Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases  Scientists have discovered a skin test that may shed new light on Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. The study showed that skin biopsies can be used to detect elevated levels of abnormal proteins found in the two diseases.Continue Reading

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