Brain Region May Hold Key to Aging

While the search continues for the Fountain of Youth, researchers may have found the body’s "fountain of aging:" the brain region known as the hypothalamus. For the first time, scientists at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University report that the hypothalamus of mice controls aging throughout the body. Their discov...Read More

US dementia care costs $200 billion

It cost $159 billion to $215 billion in 2010 to cover the cost of formal and informal care by family and friends for those with dementia, U.S. researchers say. Dr. Richard J. Hodes, director of the National Institute on Aging, part of the National Institutes of Health, said formal long-term dementia care costs will escalate for baby boomers because...Read More

‘Power Foods’ might protect memory

Power Foods for the Brain suggests that eating a plant-based diet and increasing how much you exercise and sleep might protect you from developing memory problems later in life. Author and physician Neal Barnard designed and adopted this approach to living after observing what happened to his grandparents and parents. While growing up on a cattle f...Read More

The Secrets of Centenarians

How would you like to blow out 100 birthday candles? More than 84,000 people living in the U.S. today have reached that mark, and the number of centenarians (100-year-olds) is expected to increase to 580,000 by 2040.* Per Capita Iowa ranks third in the nation in the number of centenarians. Many scientists estimate that longevity is based 20% on gen...Read More

Key to a healthy, happy retirement: Having fun

Jake Chesson was approaching retirement and sensed something had to change. An avid cyclist, he pushed himself hard on his bike and found himself dreading riding. "I know me, and if I’m not having fun, I’m not going to stick with exercise," he says. His solution: He started a Meetup social club online for people who want to ha...Read More

Alzheimer’s Society sceptical about drink claims

Pharmacists "shouldn’t get excited" about the pharmacy-only nutritional supplement Souvenaid, which claims to boost memory in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, the Alzheimer’s Society has warned. The charity raised questions about the once-a-day nutritional drink, launched on January 14, which was found to improve...Read More

Blood pressure drugs may also reduce dementia

If you have high blood pressure and haven’t treated it yet, consider this: getting it under control may also reduce your risk of dementia, suggests a recent study. Men treated with anti-hypertensive drugs were found in autopsies to have fewer microinfarcts (a sign of small strokes), fewer amyloid plaques and tangles (signs of Alzheimer’...Read More

Longevity’s secrets sought in DNA of 100-year-olds

George Eberhardt turned 107 last month, and scientists would love to know how he and other older folks like him made it that far. So he’s going to hand over some of his DNA. He’s one of 100 centenarians taking part in a project announced Wednesday that will examine some of the oldest citizens with one of the newest scientific tools: who...Read More

In Honor of My 62nd Birthday

When we were young,62 was old.It was twice as old as the people we trusted.Three times as old as we were ourselves.Older than our parents were.As old as our grandparents.But here I am.And I only remember that I am old when I look in the mirror.Or someone offers me a seat on the subway.Unlike the lady in the poem, I do not wear purple.Purple is an u...Read More

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