Findings confirm the general knowledge that an increased number of the older U.S. population used the internet over the period of 2011–2016. Furthermore, closer inspection indicates that this upward trend does not apply to all, but specifically to those with advanced age, male gender, racial/ethnic minority background, and low educational attainment. Findings provide implications for identifying and prioritizing a target group for internet technology training.
The effectiveness of the positive mood and active life program on reducing depressive symptoms in long-term care facilities
The study finds that the PMAL program is effective in reducing depressive symptoms of at-risk LTCF residents. It is a feasible intervention that requires minimum resources and can be integrated with standardized assessment systems.
The study finds that, despite an average age of just 58 years old, tenants in PSH had a high prevalence of multiple geriatric conditions.
A text messaging-based intervention to increase physical activity among persons living in permanent supportive housing: Feasibility and acceptability findings from a pilot study
The study finds that the efficacy of utilizing cell phones to improve health and wellbeing among adults living in permanent supportive housing requires further research, but the pilot findings suggest that such interventions are feasible and acceptable.
Design and patient characteristics of the randomized controlled trial TExT-MED+ FANS A test of mHealth augmented social support added to a patient-focused text-messaging intervention for emergency department patients with poorly controlled diabetes
The study hypothesizes that patients who received mobile health augmented social support will have a larger improvement in diabetes management (glycosylated hemoglobin or A1C) than those receiving standard support at six-months, and that improvement will be sustained at twelve-months.
Light therapy for older patients with non-seasonal depression: A systematic review and meta-analysis
Researchers find that light therapy has a positive effect on geriatric non-seasonal depression.
The study finds that older adults who remained retired showed significantly lower cognition than those who remained working, but this negative association between retirement and cognition was attenuated by greater engagement mental activities.
Findings from the study showed no significant association between widowhood and cognitive function during a 4-year period, but engagement in mental activities moderated the impact of widowhood on cognitive function.
Findings from the study suggest that higher dementia prevalence in ethnic minorities may be attributable to low education, especially among Hispanics, in addition to other risk factors.
Multidimensional Intergenerational Instrumental Support and Self-Rated Health Among Older Adults in Rural China: Trajectories and Correlated Change Over 11 Years
Findings from the study suggest distinctive patterns of changes for different dimensions of intergenerational instrumental support and their relationship with changes in perception of health over time in later life.