mental health

New Blood Test Predicts Risk of Alzheimer’s

Posted on 03/10/2014 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Brain Health | Bulletin TodayA simple blood test that a researcher calls a “game changer” may be able to accurately predict whether older adults will develop dementia. The experimental test, developed by researchers at six universities, was 90 percent accurate at predicting whether adults age 70 and older would develop either mild cognitive impairment or Alzheimer’s within two to three years. The study was published online Sunday in the journal Nature Medicine. The test measures the levels of 10 lipids, or fats, in the bloodstream. …

Susan Boyle’s Stunning Revelation

Posted on 12/9/2013 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | Entertainment[View the story "Susan Boyle: 'I Have Asperger's'" on Storify]   Also of Interest: Test Your Brain With the Toughest Tongue Twister Ever 10 Best Holiday Travel Tips Questions about the Affordable Care Act? Get your answers here Join AARP: Savings, resources and news for your well-being   See the AARP home page for deals, savings tips, trivia and more    

Inevitable Loss: The Passage of Time

Posted on 10/24/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Your LifeWho do you think is lonelier – adults in their mid to late 40s or adults age 70 and older? One might surmise that the older folks have experienced more loss of loved ones, diminished physical or mental abilities and/or are less active, which could lead to increased loneliness. Counter to what many people think, folks ages 45-49 are lonelier than those 70 years and older according to our research (43% vs. 25%, respectively). In fact, older people are happier …

Angry? Irritable? It Could Be Depression

Posted on 10/9/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthPsychiatrists have long acknowledged that anger and irritability are classic symptoms of major depression in teens and children, but for some reason, prolonged adult crabbiness has been generally ignored. A new study, however, found that depressed adults who are irritable, angry, foul-tempered and hostile are more likely to have “a more chronic and severe long-term course” of major depression than those who don’t acknowledge their cranky, antisocial behavior. Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter The long-running study of 536 …

Bonding With Older Grandkids May Prevent Depression

Posted on 08/19/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthSure, those grandbabies are cute, but a close bond with your adult grandchildren can help reduce depression for both of you — and the closer the bond, the more antidepression benefits there are, a new study finds. Much has been written about grandparents helping with — or even raising — young grandchildren. Yet “[w]e know relatively little about what grandparents and grandchildren do for each other on a daily basis during the grandchildren’s adulthood,” Boston College sociologist Sara Moorman, Ph.D., told the …

Is Your Coffee Habit a Mental Disorder?

Posted on 06/14/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthMy husband knows not to talk to me before I have my first cup of coffee in the morning. Maybe not even until after the third. And the times I’ve been forced to forgo those daily cups? Headache, crankiness, fatigue—and did I mention crankiness? Obviously, I must have a mental disorder. Or at least I do according to the new edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s mental health manual, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, or DSM-5. See also: …