Articles about Seniors in the News ...

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 oneีs 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.

Carnegie Mellon engineers develop fall-prevention sensors   PhysOrg - May 25, 2016
Every 13 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall. Every 20 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall-related trauma. It's understandable, considering these statistics, why the College of Engineering survey found that 54% of 1900 U.S. adults are worried about an older parent falling, and why 81% of respondents expressed an interest in new sensor technology that can anticipate and prevent falls.

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.

Scientists identify that memories can be lost and found   Science Daily - August 4, 2015

A team of scientists believe they have shown that memories are more robust than we thought and have identified the process in the brain, which could help rescue lost memories or bury bad memories, and pave the way for new drugs and treatment for people with memory problems. Scientists say that reminders could reverse the amnesia caused by methods previously thought to produce total memory loss in rats.

People With Severe Mental Disorders Mysteriously Become Clear-Headed Just Before Death   Epoch Times - July 23, 2015

Patients who aren't even able to remember their own names for years may suddenly recognize their family members and have normal conversations. The varying physiological states of people who experience terminal lucidity suggest that a single mechanism isn't responsible.

How Exercise Keeps You Younger   Epoch Times - July 14, 2015

The decline in brain and body function with aging is caused more by inactivity than it is just by aging. A new study of 85 male and 41 female fit amateur cyclists, aged 55 to 79, found that most of them were physically much younger than most people of the same age.
If you have never exercised, start now.
If you exercise regularly, continue to do so.
Find an exercise in which you can keep moving almost every day: dancing, walking, various exercise machines, cycling, skiing, and so forth.
Those who choose to ride a bicycle should worry more about being hit by a car than about the disabilities associated with aging.
In our modern societies, people are living longer and often spend many years suffering terrible disabilities of both mind and body. Most North Americans over 70 cannot walk fast. One in eight people over 70, and one in two over 85, suffer from dementia. Exercise helps to slow damage to your mind and body associated with aging.
Lack of exercise is associated with increased risk for overweight, diabetes, heart attacks, strokes, many different cancers, and premature death.

Here's What Lack Of Sleep Can Do To You In Just One Day   Huffington Post - June 11, 2015

For years, studies have linked lack of sleep with poorer cognitive performance. Now there's another good reason to get enough shut-eye: Just one bad night's sleep can make older adults age faster. Our data support the hypothesis that one night of not getting enough sleep in older adults activates important biological pathways that promote biological aging.

Why are 95% of people who live to 110 women? You're as old as your stem cells   Science Daily - June 4, 2015
Human supercentenarians share at least one thing in common--over 95 percent are women. Scientists have long observed differences between the sexes when it comes to aging, but there is no clear explanation for why females live longer. In a discussion of what we know about stem cell behavior and sex, researchers argue that it's time to look at differences in regenerative decline between men and women. This line of research could open up new explanations for how the sex hormones estrogen and testosterone, or other factors, modify lifespan.

Terry, 80 and Ellie, 72

Ellie 72, Merietha, 70

Middle age now lasts until 74 as baby boomers refuse to grow old   Telegraph - April 15, 2015

New research suggests that old age now starts at 74, with middle age lasting at least nine years longer than current estimates.

Ellie Crystal at 72

He Asked 1500+ Elders For Advice On Living And Loving. Here's What They Told Him.   Huffington Post - January 22, 2015
1. Stop worrying so much.
2. In relationships, sweat the small stuff.
3. Don't sacrifice your relationship for your children.
4. People who share core values typically have better marriages.
5. Communicate early, communicate often.
6. Approach marriage as a discipline.
7. Take time to craft the story of your life.

Retiring a National Crisis?   Epoch Times - January 4, 2015

You're 70 years old, and you have a choice. Do you pay your heating bill - or for prescription drugs? Do you stay in a home you can no longer afford, or do you move in with your children? These aren't hypotheticals. We're in the middle of a national retirement savings crisis, and seniors across the country are facing choices like these everyday. They are over-relying on Social Security payments because they lack sufficient savings to meet their basic needs. And as more and more businesses fail to offer a retirement savings option for their employees, this trend will only get worse.

8 Things to know about osteoarthritis   Epoch Times - October 26, 2014

Painkillers and NSAIDs
Secondary causes
Smart testing

Positive subliminal messages on aging improve physical functioning in elderly   PhysOrg - October 16, 2014
Older individuals who are subliminally exposed to positive stereotypes about aging showed improved physical functioning that can last for several weeks. Researchers used a novel intervention method to examine for the first time whether exposure to positive age stereotypes could weaken negative age stereotypes and their effects over time, and lead to healthier outcomes. The study, to be published in an upcoming online issue of the journal Psychological Science, consisted of 100 older individuals (average age 81 years) who live in the greater New Haven, Connecticut area. Some of the participants were subjected to positive age stereotypes on a computer screen that flashed words such as "spry" and "creative" at speeds that were too fast to allow for conscious awareness.

5 Secrets Of People With Lifelong Friends   Huffington Post - October 15, 2014

They keep their expectations in check.
They're adaptable.
They make time for each other.
They appreciate just how unusual it is to have a lifelong bond.
They know not to hold on to a friendship just for the sake of it.