Navigation Links
Mental Skills Can Decline Years Before Dying
Date:8/27/2008

Study of seniors found it's not all part of normal aging process

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 27 (HealthDay News) -- In their golden years, men and women who remain free of dementia will nonetheless undergo an accelerated drop in key mental skills as much as 15 years before their death, a new study reveals.

Verbal ability, spatial reasoning and perceptual speed are the specific victims of this cognitive decline, which is not, the researchers stressed, a routine part of the aging process.

Instead, this so-called "terminal decline phase" preceding death appears to be the slowly unfolding product of several underlying factors, perhaps including early heart disease, insufficient physical and mental exercise, or even dementia that is so nascent as to be undetectable.

"Before we conducted these analyses, we knew, based on evidence from previous studies, that we might expect acceleration in decline on cognitive abilities before death," said study author Valgeir Thorvaldsson, from the department of psychology at Goteborg University, in Sweden. "[And] our findings clearly showed there to be a pattern of terminal decline, even among relatively healthy individuals, that the brain changes that influence our cognitive abilities in old age occur over a relatively long period of time, even among individuals who remain non-demented until they die."

Thorvaldsson and his colleagues discussed their work in the Aug. 27 online issue of Neurology.

The researchers uncovered evidence of a non-dementia-related dip in mental acuity by tracking the mental skills of 288 Goteberg residents from the age of 70 to their death --which occurred, on average, by age 84.

Over a 30-year period, each male and female participant underwent a maximum of 12 mental health tests, while continuously being evaluated for the possible onset of dementia.

The Swedish team concluded that elderly mental skills do indeed begin to dete
'/>"/>

Copyright©2008 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Page: 1 2 3

Related medicine news :

1. NARSAD Introduces Healthy Minds Across America, an International Event Recognizing the Toll of Mental Illness, on Sunday, Sept. 14
2. Grading the States; Mental Health Services Survey
3. Experimental Apartment in Beijing Achieves 99% Purity of Indoor Air
4. Lack of Time on Tummy Shown to Hinder Achievement of Developmental Milestones, Say Physical Therapists
5. New From-the-Ground Report Reformulates Simplistic Argument About HIV/ AIDS and Health Care Systems in a Fundamental Way
6. CoSign Digital Signature Healthcare Solution for South Carolina Department of Mental Health
7. CIHR announces $4.4 million to improve mental health of Canadians
8. Uninsured With Mental Illness and Addiction Disorders Not Covered by State Healthcare Initiatives
9. The Supports Intensity Scale Assessment Can be Used to Build Robust Funding Methods for Developmental Disability Services, New Research Reveals
10. Depression and Bipolar Results Worth Striving For - A New Recovery Model For Mental Illness
11. Beleaguered Howe Developmental Center Remains Open Despite Additional Deaths and Ongoing Violations of Human Rights
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Mental Skills Can Decline Years Before Dying
(Date:7/9/2014)... Health Organization recommends that youth participate in a minimum ... (MVPA) each day. Studies have shown that youth ... Therefore, it stands to reason that increasing outdoor time ... new study scheduled for publication in The Journal ... after school was positively associated with MVPA. , Drs. ...
(Date:7/9/2014)... CHICAGO After Susan Wakulich was told she had an ... lay ahead of her. , "I was devastated," said Wakulich, ... suburbs. "I knew this was a serious diagnosis. Then I ... trial that involved a less invasive procedure. It was something ... is participating in a multi-center U.S. clinical trial to evaluate ...
(Date:7/9/2014)... findings from Fox Chase Cancer Center paint a relatively ... of breast cancers that have spread to the chest ... that grow into the skin, regardless of size and ... as stage III and called "locally advanced" tumors, ... cancer, often with poor survival. Locally advanced breast cancers ...
(Date:7/9/2014)... release is available in French . ... in 14 year old teens, including brain structure and function, ... accuracy who will go on to develop binge drinking within ... conscientiousness, and other variables such as life events and a ... binge drinking. Whether or not the child had had ...
(Date:7/9/2014)... have a reputation for being highly toxic, but when used ... being found to offer potential health benefits in a range ... A new compound (AP39), designed and made at the University ... targeting delivery of very small amounts of the substance to ... in Exeter have already found that the compound protects mitochondria ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Go play outside! Outdoor time promotes physical activity in youth 2Health News:New type of stent could help some brain aneurysm patients 2Health News:Fox Chase researchers recommend updating the staging criteria for breast cancer diagnoses 2Health News:Fox Chase researchers recommend updating the staging criteria for breast cancer diagnoses 3Health News:What drives a child to abuse alcohol? 2Health News:Rotten egg gas holds key to healthcare therapies 2
... When patients choose to leave the hospital before the ... of inadequately treated medical conditions and the need for ... issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings . Additionally, the ... predictors and potential interventions to help manage and improve ...
... in the international journal Chest , by Neil ... disease (COPD) who breathed a mix of 60% helium ... to exercise longer and harder than those who breathed ... significant because research has shown that patients who perform ...
... 2009Chemicals present in cranberriesand not the acidity of cranberry ... the cells that line the urinary tract, as documented ... Food , a peer-reviewed journal published by Mary Ann ... free online at www.liebertpub.com/jmf , Urinary tract ...
... Provide Information on Medicare Advantage Special Needs Plans, ... March 9 A series of free seminars ... illness maintain a healthy lifestyle and learn about ... unique needs will be offered during March at ...
... continued growthATLANTA, March 9 Reveille Software(TM) ... grown to 275 customers and expanded its ... itself for continued market growth in helping ... performance management.Reveille,s solution, Reveille Experience and Performance ...
... study show continued, significant relief of depressive symptoms, ... hospitalization and death among ESRD patientsLAWRENCE, Mass., March ... NXTM ), a leading manufacturer of innovative dialysis ... its ongoing FREEDOM study, which show that the ...
Cached Medicine News:Health News:Patients being discharged against medical advice 2Health News:Helium helps lung patients breathe easier 2Health News:New research reveals how cranberry products prevent urinary tract infections 2Health News:Seminars Offered to Missouri Seniors With Diabetes and Other Chronic Illnesses 2Health News:Reveille Software Reaches Customer Milestone and Expands Executive Team 2Health News:Reveille Software Reaches Customer Milestone and Expands Executive Team 3Health News:NxStage Reports Sustained Reduction in Clinical Depressive Symptoms for Daily Home Hemodialysis Patients After One Year 2Health News:NxStage Reports Sustained Reduction in Clinical Depressive Symptoms for Daily Home Hemodialysis Patients After One Year 3Health News:NxStage Reports Sustained Reduction in Clinical Depressive Symptoms for Daily Home Hemodialysis Patients After One Year 4
(Date:1/15/2014)...  According to Millennium Research Group (MRG), the global ... the United States and European transcatheter ... moderately through 2022, with embolization particles representing one ... in drug-eluting beads (DEBs) and radioembolization spheres in ...
(Date:1/15/2014)... NEW YORK , Jan. 15, ... new market research report is available ... Global Markets and Technologies for ... on Routes of Administration ...
(Date:1/14/2014)... HAMILTON, N.J. , Jan. 14, 2014 InformEx, ... buyers and sellers of high-value chemistry, will hold the 30 ... Miami Beach Convention Center from January 21-24. ... than 3,500 attendees from top pharmaceutical, fine chemical and specialty ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:US and European Transcatheter Embolization and Occlusion Device Market to Surpass $1.6 Billion by 2022 2US and European Transcatheter Embolization and Occlusion Device Market to Surpass $1.6 Billion by 2022 3Global Markets and Technologies for Advanced Drug Delivery Systems -- Focus on Routes of Administration 2Global Markets and Technologies for Advanced Drug Delivery Systems -- Focus on Routes of Administration 3Global Markets and Technologies for Advanced Drug Delivery Systems -- Focus on Routes of Administration 4Global Markets and Technologies for Advanced Drug Delivery Systems -- Focus on Routes of Administration 5Global Markets and Technologies for Advanced Drug Delivery Systems -- Focus on Routes of Administration 6Global Markets and Technologies for Advanced Drug Delivery Systems -- Focus on Routes of Administration 7Global Markets and Technologies for Advanced Drug Delivery Systems -- Focus on Routes of Administration 8Global Markets and Technologies for Advanced Drug Delivery Systems -- Focus on Routes of Administration 9Global Markets and Technologies for Advanced Drug Delivery Systems -- Focus on Routes of Administration 10Global Markets and Technologies for Advanced Drug Delivery Systems -- Focus on Routes of Administration 11Global Markets and Technologies for Advanced Drug Delivery Systems -- Focus on Routes of Administration 12Global Markets and Technologies for Advanced Drug Delivery Systems -- Focus on Routes of Administration 13Global Markets and Technologies for Advanced Drug Delivery Systems -- Focus on Routes of Administration 14Global Markets and Technologies for Advanced Drug Delivery Systems -- Focus on Routes of Administration 15Global Markets and Technologies for Advanced Drug Delivery Systems -- Focus on Routes of Administration 16Media Advisory: InformEx 2014 Events & Speaker Lineup for 30th Edition Conference in Miami Beach 2
... BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) (NYSE: BDX ... of its third fiscal quarter 2011 earnings conference call on ... will issue a press release detailing the quarter,s earnings earlier ... along with related slides, will be accessible through BD,s website ...
... Va., July 8, 2011 The Amerigroup Foundation recently ... the Rx Partnership to benefit the Rockbridge Area Free ... organization that works to provide uninsured Virginians with access ... broker to access and distribute free bulk prescription medications ...
Cached Medicine Technology:Amerigroup Foundation Presents Grant to Rx Partnership 2
... hand-held, point-of-care device for the qualitative detection of ... The TOX/See device can detect up to nine ... to 8 minutes and requires only a few ... packaged to maximize convenience and ease of use. ...
... The SheerVision FireFly Infinity Light ... most technologically advanced LED light ever ... ,With the FireFly Infinity you'll get ... unrestricted mobility to go whereever your ...
... SICKLEDEX detects the presence of ... requires 2ml of reconstituted solubility buffer and ... of sickle cell hemoglobin control. Each test ... with Saponin, two buffer dispensing caps and ...
... is for use as a sheath fluid ... 70ml bottle of Cytometry Concentrate dilutes to ... Compared to Cubitainers, Streck Cytometry Concentrate reduces ... money without compromising performance. Streck Cytometry Concentrate ...
Medicine Products: