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Lower risk of hypertension for seniors who volunteer

Posted by Shilo Rea-Carnegie Mellon CARNEGIE MELLON (US) — Older adults who volunteer for at least 200 hours a year can decrease their risk of high blood pressure by 40 percent, a new study finds. The specific type of volunteer activity doesn’t matter, researchers say. It’s the amount of time spent volunteering that leads to […]

Speaking Exchange: Mentoring across continents

Speaking Exchange: Mentoring across continents The Speaking Exchange connects Brazilian youth with US seniors, facilitating one-to-one online video chats that help build language skills for foreign students and interpersonal connections for the senior mentors. Could we replicate this kind of mentoring across the US? By Lisa Suhay, Correspondent / May 19, 2014, The Christian Science Monitor CNA […]

Mentoring youth promotes cognitive gains in older adults

Carlson, M.C. et al. (2009). Evidence for Neurocognitive Plasticity in At-Risk Older Adults: The Experience Corps Program. Journal of  Gerontology  64A (12): 1275-1282. Posted by Tim Parsons-JHU Older adults who tutored children or took part in some other form of volunteer service were able to delay or even reverse declining brain function, a new study finds. Using […]