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Seniors / Aging News From Medical News Today

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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Getting chores done may add years to your life

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 00:00:00 PST

New research shows that light and moderate physical activity — which usually define our simple, daily activities — may significantly reduce mortality risk.

Dementia breakthrough? Brain-training game 'significantly reduces risk'

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 10:00:00 PST

A study of more than 2,800 older adults finds that speed-of-processing training can reduce the 10-year risk of dementia by 29 percent.

What can excessive drinking do to your looks? Study investigates

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 09:00:00 PST

A large-scale, prospective study investigates the link between visible signs of aging and excessive alcohol intake, as well as smoking.

Don't worry, sex is unlikely to trigger cardiac arrest

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 00:00:00 PST

A study conducted by top research institutions reassures us that sudden cardiac arrest is unlikely to occur during, or immediately after, sexual activity.

Mushrooms may help you fight off aging

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 09:00:00 PST

New research examines 13 species of mushroom and finds high concentrations of antioxidants that may stave off aging and cognitive decline.

Obstructive sleep apnea linked to higher Alzheimer's risk

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 00:00:00 PST

Severe obstructive sleep apnea is associated with higher levels of amyloid beta, the peptide involved in cerebral plaque buildup in Alzheimer's disease.

How do you manage arthritis in hands?

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 06:00:00 PST

A look at arthritis in hands, a condition that can make moving fingers and grasping objects difficult. We look at the causes and diagnosis.

Does blood flow from the heart affect memory?

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 00:00:00 PST

Emerging research shows that reduced blood flow from the heart is tied to poor circulation in the brain's memory 'hub,' where Alzheimer's also originates.

Breakthrough: Scientists reverse aging in human cells

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 09:00:00 PST

Researchers in the United Kingdom turn back the hands of time — quite literally — as old cells are rejuvenated using resveratrol-like compounds.

Brisk walking may help older women live longer

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 07:00:00 PST

A study of physical activity in older women tied brisk walking or similar exercise to a 60–70 percent lower risk of early death, compared with inactivity.

Cellular stress 'resets lifespan profoundly'

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 00:00:00 PST

In the quest to understand the mechanisms behind aging, scientists uncover a surprise: stressing out mitochondria reverses the aging process.

Why am I cold when nobody else is?

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 08:00:00 PST

As winter begins to set in, it's time to get those hats and gloves ready. But not everyone feels the cold the same way, scientists say.

Having close friends may stave off mental decline

Sun, 05 Nov 2017 00:00:00 PST

New research suggests that having strong friendships may be the reason why some 80-year-olds are as mentally sharp as their middle-aged counterparts.

Gene therapy may protect brain from age-related cognitive decline

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 07:00:00 PST

One dose of a gene therapy that raises levels of the protein Klotho in the brain protected younger mice against age-related cognitive decline.

Is the bold claim that a nutrient drink can slow Alzheimer's true?

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 03:00:00 PST

There is no cure for Alzheimer's, but research claims that nutrients can help to regrow lost brain connections. What does the latest clinical trial show?

Can we halt aging? Math says 'no'

Tue, 31 Oct 2017 00:00:00 PST

Aging is the scourge of life on earth, but can it be stopped? In a word, "no." It seems that mathematics has it in for us: aging is inevitable.

All you need to know about ridges in fingernails

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 09:00:00 PST

A look at ridges in fingernails. This article examines fingernail ridges caused by aging, other causes, how they are diagnosed, and how to prevent them.

Why do toenails become thick?

Sun, 29 Oct 2017 00:00:00 PST

Learn about the different causes of thick toenails, including psoriasis, fungal infection, and aging. This article also examines available treatments.

Cataract surgery tied to lower risk of death in older women

Thu, 26 Oct 2017 08:00:00 PST

An analysis of Women's Health Initiative data has found that cataract surgery is tied to a lower overall and cause-specific risk of death in older women.

Early signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 09:00:00 PST

Rheumatoid arthritis is a disorder where a person's immune system attacks their joints, causing them to become inflamed. What are the early signs?

Alzheimer's: Word processing duration may predict onset

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 00:00:00 PST

Delayed word processing may predict the onset of Alzheimer's disease, scientists find. The research may lead to new testing practices.

Under 2 hours of walking per week may considerably prolong life

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 00:00:00 PST

New research suggests that walking regularly significantly reduces mortality risk, even if the physical activity is below the recommended guidelines.

Exercise does not prevent blocked arteries, study finds

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 08:00:00 PST

A longitudinal study suggests that, contrary to expectations, spending more than 7.5 hours per week exercising does not protect against blocked arteries.

A healthy gut means healthy aging

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 00:00:00 PST

One of the largest studies of its kind finds that the guts of 'ridiculously healthy' 90-year-olds are just as healthy as those of 30-year-olds.

Why women tend to avoid sex as they age

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 00:00:00 PST

A new study looks into the main reasons why menopausal, perimenopausal, and postmenopausal women tend to become less sexually active as they age.