Tuesday, February 5, 2013

We've Moved... Our blog That Is

We have a new home! We are excited to announce a new chapter in our celebration of our 10 year anniversary and continuing to bring you the latest information on aging within the community. We decided to shake it up a bit, the Sheridan Elder Research Centre Aging Matters blog can now be found at our new online location with WordPress. We are pleased to present to you a fresh new look that encourages you to explore and interact with the information that affects you! To visit, click here

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Sleep deprivation may result in memory loss

Our memory skills decline as we age; it’s an inevitable result of growing older. But a recent study suggests that aging adults' failure to recall a thought or two, may be caused by the one place we think we should find rest: sleep.

Clearly, a good night's sleep will never be overrated. The study, completed by University of California, Berkeley scientists found that it all comes down to the quality of sleep we have as we get older, not the quantity.

"When we are young, we have deep sleep that helps the brain store and retain new facts and information," Matthew Walker said in a statement. "But as we get older, the quality of our sleep deteriorates and prevents those memories from being saved by the brain at night."

The Huffington Post summarizes the effects the study found:

During the time spent in deep sleep, the brain generates slow brain waves that carry our memories of the day from the hippocampus, where memories are stored temporarily, to the prefrontal cortex for long-term storage. As we get age, this type of sleep gets harder to come by, as older adults have a harder time falling and staying asleep than they did when they were younger. This lack of deep sleep causes "medial prefrontal cortex gray-matter atrophy" and compromised pathways between the hippocampus and the prefrontal cortex, leaving memories "stuck" in the short-term memory part of the brain, only to be rewritten by new ones.

It’s important to make sure you get your beauty rest, and if you are having trouble fading off to dreamland then be sure to speak with your family doctor. Raise your concerns - your memory may thank you for it later.

How many hours of sleep did you get last night?

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Lights, Camera, Action!

When it comes to aging, we are all eager to be in the know of just about everything that can affect our daily living. From healthcare to eating right, to ensuring we are exercising our bodies, minds and social activity. The days of keeping issues hush-hush are gone, and we recognize that it is important to share information so that we are able to tackle the problem, rather than pretend it isn’t there.

Times have changed so much, that many companies and industries are trying to make their products more age-friendly. One of the biggest changes we’ve seen in the news lately is the launch of Ontario’s new ActionPlan for Seniors. According to a recent article published by the OttawaCitizen, the plan is “meant to provide better senior access to health care and to try and respond to growing and changing needs of an aging population in Ontario.”

The plan has been developed on the concept of new and existing programs and initiatives to ensure that seniors and their caregivers have access to the services they need, when and where they need them. According to the Ontario website, the initiative has been organized under “three pillars:”
  • Healthy Seniors: Help seniors find and access services they need to be healthier and stay at home longer

  • Senior-Friendly Communities: Promote services and policies that enhance seniors' well-being and participation

  • Safety and Security: Improve programs, services and supports that help seniors live safely, independently, and with dignity

It’s an exciting start to the New Year as more and more, corporations and the government alike are starting to recognize the need for change in the business of aging.

SERC invites you to their Business of Aging: Information Exchange Network (BA:IEN) quarterly meeting this month on Wednesday, January 30th, 2013. BA:IEN members are welcome to bring a guest for free! This month our focus is  on networking so bring your business cards and promotional materials and learn how you are changing the aging industry. We look forward to seeing you!

For more information please click the flyer below.