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People are living longer than ever before, and many seniors live active and healthy lives. However, as we age, our bodies and minds change. There are things you can do to stay healthy and active as you age, and it is important to understand what to expect

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Community groups keep us mentally sharp as we age

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PST

Staying involved in civic groups throughout adult life could help stave off cognitive decline, according to a new, large-scale longitudinal study.

Stop smoking! Quitting at any age reduces the risk of death after 70

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 06:00:00 PST

Tobacco use continues to be a major cause of cancer and premature death. Most studies of cigarette smoking and mortality have focused on middle-aged populations, with fewer studies examining the...

Testosterone treatment may cause blood clots

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 09:00:00 PST

The number of men seeking testosterone replacement therapy has soared in recent decades. New research looks at some of the potential harms.

Daily aspirin could save lives of older Americans at risk of heart disease

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 07:00:00 PST

If more older Americans with higher heart risk took daily low-dose aspirin, more would live longer and fewer would have heart attacks, says study.

Aerobic exercise improves cognition in old age

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 09:00:00 PST

New research tests the effect of aerobic physical activity on older patients with mild cognitive impairment. Changes in brain size and cognition are noted.

Defining immortality of stem cells to identify novel anti-aging mechanisms

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 06:00:00 PST

With age, somatic cells such as neurons lose their ability to maintain the quality of their protein content.

Breast cancer screening 'should not be stopped based on age'

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 08:00:00 PST

Researchers say breast cancer screening guidelines should not be age-based, after finding no evidence that the benefits of mammography decline after 75.

Electronic prescribing of high risk medications may be contributing to falls in elderly patients

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 06:00:00 PST

Certain medications are considered high risk in elders. In a recent study of 287 individuals ≥65 years who experienced a fall while hospitalized at an urban academic hospital, 62 percent of falls...

Researchers put mouse embryos in suspended animation

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PST

UC San Francisco researchers have found a way to pause the development of early mouse embryos for up to a month in the lab, a finding with potential implications for assisted reproduction...

Among antidementia drugs, memantine is associated with the highest risk of pneumonia

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 06:00:00 PST

A recent study from the University of Eastern Finland shows that among users of antidementia drugs, persons using memantine have the highest risk of pneumonia.

Young blood does not reverse aging in old mice, UC Berkeley study finds

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PST

A new study from UC Berkeley found that tissue health and repair dramatically decline in young mice when half of their blood is replaced with blood from old mice.

Missed connections: As people age, memory-related brain activity loses cohesion

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PST

Groups of brain regions that synchronize their activity during memory tasks become smaller and more numerous as people age, according to a study published in PLOS Computational Biology.

Vegetable compounds found to improve cognition in old age

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PST

New research suggests the pigment that gives vegetables and plants their vibrant color may improve cognitive function in elderly adults.

Occupational therapy fails to aid functioning in Alzheimer's patients

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 09:00:00 PST

New research questions the benefits of occupational therapy for patients with Alzheimer's disease, particularly for slowing down functional decline.

Alzheimer's disease proteins could be at fault for leading cause of vision loss among older people

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 06:00:00 PST

Research from the University of Southampton gives new insight into possible causes of Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of vision loss among people aged 50 and older.

What impact do medication errors have on nursing home residents?

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PST

A new analysis points to surprisingly low rates of serious impacts from medication errors affecting nursing home residents, despite the fact that these errors remain fairly common.

Dementia rates falling in the U.S.

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 09:00:00 PST

Despite worries that dementia will escalate in the coming years, new research suggests the prevalence of the disorder may be decreasing.

New research clarifies why wounds heal more slowly with age

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PST

Older bodies need longer to mend. This reality of aging has been documented since World War I, with the observation that wounds heal slower in older soldiers.

Pregnancy later in life may improve cognition in old age

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PST

New research examines the link between the age that mothers have their last baby and cognitive ability, memory, and executive function later in life.

Stages of Dementia: How Does the Disease Change Over Time?

Sun, 20 Nov 2016 06:00:00 PST

What is the diagnosis and outcome of dementia? Learn about treatment option changes over time and what living with dementia in later stages may be like.

Vitamin D reduces respiratory infections, says CU Anschutz study

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PST

Researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have found that high doses of vitamin D reduce the incidence of acute respiratory illness (ARI) in older, long-term care residents.

T-cell differences may reveal individuals' age, susceptibility to disease

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PST

Different cells of the human body differ greatly in structure and function. However, variation exists even among cells of one type.

Is It Shingles? Pictures and Symptoms

Sun, 13 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PST

Learn how to tell the difference between shingles and other skin conditions. Also learn about the causes, risk factors, and treatment of shingles.

Scouts and guides have better mental health in later life, study finds

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PST

Taking part in the scouts or guides appears to help lower the risk of mental illness in later life, a study suggests.

Pitt researchers uncover key mechanisms of cancer, aging and inflammation

Wed, 09 Nov 2016 06:00:00 PST

A team of University of Pittsburgh researchers has uncovered new details about the biology of telomeres, "caps" of DNA that protect the tips of chromosomes and play key roles in a number of health...