How to manage the pressures of caring for aging adults
A group of scientists has developed a new way of managing the stresses of caring and maintaining a aging population.
The group suggests that the stress of caring is linked to a lower life expectancy, a higher risk of dementia and other diseases, and a reduced capacity to function.
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A team led by David W. Brown, a professor of psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center, found that the stresses associated with aging, including increased risks of death from heart disease, stroke, cancer and diabetes, were linked to reduced activity and cognition.
The study, published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, found a connection between the aging process and the number of dementia cases, but it also found that individuals with higher levels of stress had lower levels of cognitive ability and reduced levels of exercise.
A new generation of researchers have been exploring how aging affects our brains and behavior, with a particular focus on stress.
The research has suggested that, when you are stressed, your brain and body begin to produce cortisol, a hormone that can impair our cognition.
The hormone is linked with an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia.
In the study, Brown and colleagues used the data from a national survey of more than 3,000 older adults to look at stressors that are often associated with a decreased ability to function and to maintain a healthy life span.
They found that a greater proportion of those who had the highest levels of anxiety, depression and stress were also those with the lowest levels of activity and fitness.
The stress associated with age, the researchers said, was associated with reduced cognitive function, increased risk for dementia and heart disease.
The authors also found higher levels for those who reported higher levels in the stress hormone cortisol.
The team found that for those in the highest stress groups, the most significant predictor of the onset of dementia was the duration of time spent at home and in the workplace.
The researchers also looked at the relationships between stress and cognitive ability, including the levels of cortisol, which can help us maintain our cognitive functioning when we are stressed.
The findings suggest that the most effective way to manage stress is to engage in regular physical activity, and they suggest that that can improve our health and extend our lives.
Brown said the study has implications for public health professionals.
He said, “I would argue that the more stress we experience, the higher our risk for disease and the more cognitive impairment, the more we can benefit from interventions like exercise and stress reduction therapy.
I think that our current approaches to managing stress are not effective.”
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