April 5, 2010

Age Is Key to Remembering

1 Forgot to Take Your Medicine? Here's Why.

Many of us forget to take our medication daily, even those for whom it’s a matter of life or death. A new study conducted by Dr. Shevaun Neupert of North Carolina State University, found that remembering to take medicine is influenced by daily behavior and schedules and also by age. “Young people do the best job of remembering to take their medication on days when they are busier than usual," says Neupert. "But older adults do a better job of remembering their medication on days when they are less busy." Both groups tended to remember their medication on days when their cognition was heightened, as evaluated by memory and critical thinking tests, but how busy one is seemed to have the most influence on people’s memory. The study will be published in the journal Experimental Aging Research.

More at ScienceDaily | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Continued Learning Prevents Age Related Memory Loss

Tags: Memory Loss, Memory, Age Related Memory Loss, Dr. Shevaun Neupert, North Carolina State University, Experimental Aging Researach

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Middle Aged Are the Cockiest

2 Self Esteem Is Related to Age

A new study, conducted by Ulrich Orth, Ph.D., finds that self esteem, which is relatively low when we’re young, peeks in middle age and declines in old age. The study, published by the American Psychological Association, surveyed 3600 US adults who were asked to rate various questions for truthfulness. Factors such as ethnicity, income, health and work status were also considered by researchers who found that, on average, women scored lower than men throughout most of adulthood. People with higher incomes and good health maintained higher levels of self-esteem throughout life than did those with lower incomes. People in supportive relationships had higher self esteem, regardless of age, until old age when the quality of their relationships didn’t seem to matter.

More at EurekAlert.org | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Lab Notes: Aging

Tags: Ulrich Orth, Ph.D., Self Esteem, American Psychological Association

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Landmark Study Finds Correlation

3 Childhood Sleep Problems Trigger Alcoholism

A new study, to be published in the June issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, finds a long-term relationship between childhood sleep problems and subsequent drug and alcohol use. According to Maria M. Wong, associate professor in the department of psychology at Idaho State University, “We found that 'having trouble sleeping' in early childhood, ages three to five, predicted a higher probability of 'having trouble sleeping' in adolescence, ages 11 to 17, which in turn predicted the presence of drug-related problems in young adulthood ages 18 to 21." The study does not explain the reasons for the relationship but emphasizes the importance of sleep, the significance of sleep problems in children and the need for early intervention if children suffer from sleep disturbances.

More at ScienceDaily | Posted 7 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Are Your Sleep Problems Making Your Organs Fat?

Tags: Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research, Sleep Problems in Children, Alcohol Abuse, Drug Abuse, Adolescence, Maria M. Wong, Idaho State University, Sleep Problems Portend Drug and Alcohol Abuse

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