Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Distress and age: a dangerous combination

The older I get, the more interested I become in senior health. A recent note about how fatal strokes strike distressed seniors:
"People should be aware that stress and negative emotions often increase with age," Everson-Rose noted in a statement. "Family members and caregivers need to recognize these emotions have a profound effect on health."
How exactly the link works isn't clear, whether due to neuroendocrine and inflammatory responses to stress and depression or via poorer lifestyle factors associated with them, her group acknowledged.
In the study, the most distressed seniors were less educated, less physically active, and had more chronic health conditions and antidepressant use -- all of which may add up to problems with medication adherence and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

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