Longitudinal study of aging in South Africa offers rare glimpse of link between cognitive function and cardiometabolic disease risk factors

Researchers affiliated with Health and Aging in Africa: A Longitudinal Study of an INDEPTH Community in South Africa (HAALSI) have published a study in BMC Public Health that shares some baseline evidence pointing to a link between cognitive function and cardiometabolic disease risk factors (e.g., diabetes, BMI, smoking) among those aging in South Africa.

New findings on aging in a newer population in South Africa

Three studies by researchers affiliated with Longitudinal Study of an INDEPTH Community in South Africa (HAALSI) have been published this month shedding light on the status of cognitive function, the level of daily living limitations and unmet care needs, and the impact of multiple illnesses on the likelihood of progressing along the recommended “continuum of care” among those … Continue reading “New findings on aging in a newer population in South Africa”

Look on the bright side; it could help to preserve your cognitive functioning as you age

Harvard Pop Center faculty member Laura Kubzansky, PhD, is an author on a paper published in Psychosomatic Medicine that has found that those older adults who are the most optimistic are the least likely to suffer cognitive impairment as they age. Photo: seanbjack on Flickr

Cumulative lifetime use of marijuana found to impact verbal memory in middle age

Harvard Pop Center faculty member Maria Glymour is an author on a paper published in JAMA Internal Medicine that explores the long-term effects of lifetime marijuana use on memory and other aspects of cognitive function.

“Widowhood effect” may be in effect prior to bereavement

It is well documented that recently bereaved spouses are exposed to an increased mortality risk (known as the “widowhood effect”). Harvard Pop Center affiliated faculty members SV Subramanian (Subu), PhD, and Maria Glymour, ScD, have co-authored a study published in The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry that reveals that spousal health actually starts to decline … Continue reading ““Widowhood effect” may be in effect prior to bereavement”