Articles about Seniors in the News ...

Which leisure activities are linked to lower risk of dementia?   Medical Express - August 11, 2022

Reading a book, doing yoga and spending time with family and friends may help lower the risk of dementia

Older women who regularly wash up, clean their house and cook meals have healthier hearts than those who avoid housework, research claims   Daily Mail - February 22, 2022
Women who regularly wash dishes, clean the house and cook meals have healthier hearts than those who sit back and take it easy, a study suggests. Scientists at the University of California followed 5,500 women who were asked to wear movement-tracking gadgets for a week. Results showed women who did at least four hours of 'daily life movement' cut their risk of a death from a heart attack or stroke by almost two thirds.

Key mental abilities can actually improve during aging   Medical Express - August 19, 2021
It's long been believed that advancing age leads to broad declines in our mental abilities. Now new research from Georgetown University Medical Center offers surprisingly good news by countering this view. The findings show that two key brain functions, which allow us to attend to new information and to focus on what's important in a given situation, can in fact improve in older individuals. These functions underlie critical aspects of cognition such as memory, decision making, and self-control, and even navigation, math, language, and reading. The findings not only change our view of how aging affects the mind, but may also lead to clinical improvements, including for patients with aging disorders such as Alzheimer's disease

More Than 4,000 Blood Tests Suggest Our Bodies Age in 3 Distinct Shifts - at 34 years, 60 years, and 78 years being the key thresholds   Science Alert - April 6, 2021   Science Alert - April 6, 2021
In other words, there's evidence that aging isn't one long, continuous process that moves at the same speed throughout our lives. The findings might help us understand more about how our bodies start to break down as we get older, and how specific age-related diseases including Alzheimer's or cardiovascular disease - could be better tackled. The same study has also put forward a new way of reliably predicting people's ages using the protein levels (the proteome) in their blood.

Ecuador couple certified as oldest married pair, nearly 215   Medical Express - August 29, 2020

Julio Mora slipped away from his parents to secretly marry Waldramina Quinteros one February day. Both families disapproved. Seventy-nine years later, they're still together - he at 110 years of age, and she at 104, both lucid and both in good health, though relatives say they're a little depressed because they miss their big family get-togethers due to the pandemic.

Why Do Old People Have Sex? Their motives overlap those of youths, including to feel attractive and desired   Psychology Today - September 30, 2019
1. Maintain Overall Functioning. This is a 'use it or lose it' motive, to keep themselves in shape, energetic, and vital: Just like you want to be able to walk, and you want to be able to hike, and you want to be able to climb, and you want to feel strong - sex takes a certain amount of energy and you certainly want to be able to continue to do it.

New type of dementia identified   BBC - April 30, 2019
Millions of elderly people have a form of dementia that has been misdiagnosed as Alzheimer's disease, according to researchers. One expert called it the most important dementia finding in years. The condition, limbic-predominant age-related TDP-43 encephalopathy, or Late, shares similar symptoms to Alzheimer's, but it is a distinct disease, the journal Brain reports. It may partly explain why finding a dementia cure has failed so far.

Link between what we see and how we remember 'breaks' as we get older   Medical Express - October 27, 2018
Forgetfulness and age-related memory lapses are a common complaint for many older adults, but what is still not understood is what causes these changes.

Older people slowdown in the winter: Cognitive skills of over 70s gets worse during the darker months, study finds   Daily Mail - September 5, 2018
For people of a certain age, the cryptic crossword may be just about to get easier. Over-70s can expect to be at the top of their game for remembering things when the autumn equinox comes at the end of the month. The effect is like being almost five years younger, a study has found, and appears to last from late September to early October. Scientists made the discovery after finding that memory and problem-solving skills change throughout the year. The study involved more than 3,300 older people taking extensive memory tests. It found performance peaked in late summer and early autumn before slowly declining and hitting rock bottom in late winter and early spring.

Older adults grow just as many new brain cells as young people   Science Daily - April 6, 2018
Researchers show for the first time that healthy older men and women can generate just as many new brain cells as younger people. There has been controversy over whether adult humans grow new neurons, and some research has previously suggested that the adult brain was hard-wired and that adults did not grow new neurons. This study counters that notion. The findings may suggest that many senior citizens remain more cognitively and emotionally intact than commonly believed.

Learning and staying in shape key to longer lifespan, study finds   Science Daily - October 13, 2017
People who are overweight cut their life expectancy by two months for every extra kilogram of weight they carry, research suggests. A major study has also found that education leads to a longer life, with almost a year added for each year spent studying beyond school.

New measures of aging may show 70 is the new 60   Science Daily - June 22, 2017
A new study uses new measures of aging to scientifically illustrate that one's actual age is not necessarily the best measure of human aging itself, particularly in relation to population aging. The study combines the new measures of aging with probabilistic projections from the United Nations and predicts an end to population aging in the U.S. and other countries before the end of the century. Population aging -- when the median age rises in a country because of increasing life expectancy and lower fertility rates -- is a concern for countries because of the perception that population aging leads to declining numbers of working age people and additional social burdens.

Youthful DNA in old age   Science Daily - September 22, 2016
The DNA of young people is regulated to express the right genes at the right time. With the passing of years, the regulation of the DNA gradually gets disrupted, which is an important cause of aging. A study of over 3,000 people shows that this is not true for everyone: there are people whose DNA appears youthful despite their advanced years.

Study finds that aging warps our perception of time   Medical Express - December 15, 2015
Much like trying to watch a video with the audio out of synch, older adults may have difficulty combining the stimuli they see and hear, and it could have implications for rapid decision-making tasks such as driving, according to new research. When researchers presented them with both a light and sound at the same or different times, they found that young and older adults could determine whether they occurred simultaneously with similar accuracy. But when asked to determine which appeared first, the light or the sound, older adults performed much worse.

The Science of Meditation's Effects on Aging   Huffington Post - December 8, 2015

A growing body of research supports the immediate benefits of meditation, such as reduced stress and anxiety levels, lower blood pressure, and enhanced happiness. Studies on mindfulness interventions show these effects are common in as few as eight weeks. While these initial perks may be reason enough for us to practice, meditation's positive impact appears to be even more far-reaching, potentially adding years to our lives and improving cognitive function well into old age.