Seniors / Aging

Financial hardship may accelerate aging

Research shows that adults who spend as few as 4 years in economic hardship could be at risk of accelerated aging in comparison with adults who do not experience periods of poverty. New research examines the effects of financial difficulties on aging. The term accelerated aging describes people who are physically less capable at an […]

Immune System / Vaccines Seniors / Aging

Has a small trial stumbled upon a way to reverse biological aging?

In a small clinical trial, scientists were looking for a means to restore the thymus — the gland that forms and releases key immune cells. By doing so, they actually managed to reverse various aspects of biological aging. A three-pronged intervention demonstrates it may be possible to reverse biological aging. The thymus gland, located between […]

Alzheimer's / Dementia Seniors / Aging

Mild cognitive impairment: Meditation can boost brain health

Research shows that adults with mild cognitive impairment who practice mindfulness meditation could experience a boost in cognitive reserve. New research suggests that meditation can improve the brain health of older adults with mild cognitive impairment. Researchers from Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston-Salem, NC, published a paper in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease that […]

Seniors / Aging

Designing a blood test that can predict lifespan

The ability to predict how long someone is likely to live would help doctors tailor treatment plans. A new study looking at biomarkers in the blood concludes that more accurately estimating mortality might soon be possible. Researchers analyze blood in the search for markers of mortality risk. As it stands, doctors can predict mortality within […]

Cardiovascular / Cardiology Seniors / Aging

Why older adults need regular metabolic risk screening

The Endocrine Society have revised their clinical practice guideline on identifying adults at higher risk for heart disease and type 2 diabetes. New guidelines recommend that older adults should undergo regular screening for metabolic risk. The previous edition of the guideline was in 2008. The recent revision looks at metabolic risk in the light of […]

Seniors / Aging

Resistance training for healthy aging: The whys and hows

Exercise that builds muscle endurance, or resistance training, can help older adults to preserve their independence and quality of life. It can overcome the loss of muscle mass and strength, build resilience, ease the management of chronic conditions, and reduce physical vulnerability. A new position statement extols the benefits of resistance training for older adults […]

Mental Health Seniors / Aging

How ‘tickling’ the ear could prevent age related disease

New research suggests that using controlled electric currents to stimulate certain parts of the ear could readjust the body’s metabolic balance, thus reducing the risk of age related health problems. Can ‘tickling’ the ear with electric stimuli improve health later in life? Scientists from the United Kingdom believe that it can. Vagus nerve stimulation is […]