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Lifestyle Factors Reduce Alzheimer's Risk
A combination of these lifestyle traits appears to substantially reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease. Read more >

A Nutritional Balancing Act
The interplay between vitamin B12 and folate has implications for seniors' cognitive function. New guidelines from an Irish study. Read more >

Progress on Parkinson's
In a breakthrough, researchers cultivated stem cells to trigger a Parkinson's patient's brain to produce dopamine, easing his symptoms. Read more >

Obesity Builds a Sluggish Brain
Being overweight or obese is bad for your health; there's no news there. But what it does to your brain may surprise you. Read more >

Thanks for the Memories
Eating certain foods together seems to raise the risk of dementia. Here's a chance for young adults to protect their brains. Read more >

Don't Let Retirement Become too Retiring
Continuing to set goals and pursue interests seems to keep seniors sharp when they no longer go to work. But men and women are different. Read more >

Protein Reminders Can Improve Muscle Mass
Most seniors fear the loss of strength that comes with aging. Adjusting diets a little can help the body remember to produce muscle tissue. Read more >

Sound Helps Seniors Keep Their Balance
Many falls among the elderly can be prevented by being able to hear background noise. Sounds in the environment stabilize them. Read more >

Ping Pong for Parkinson's
A friendly table tennis match can improve the tremors and instability that can accompany Parkinson's disease. Read more >

Aging Optimists
Living with an optimist brings mental benefits that make serious, age-related memory issues less likely. Read more >

Pick Three -- or Four
Five lifestyle factors have been found to lead to a disease-free old age. The more of them you put into practice, the better your odds. Read more >

The Tau Factor
An accumulation of tau protein may serve as an early sign of Alzheimer's progression. It could also suggest a treatment. Read more >

Do It for Your Retinas
Age-related macular degeneration is a consequence of aging, but also, it appears, diet. Here's a meal plan for keeping your eyes younger. Read more >

A Possible Treatment for Alzheimer's
A leaky blood-brain barrier may be what enables Alzheimer's to cause the damage it does. It also suggests a fix. Read more >

Prehab to Avoid Rehab
If you are older and facing surgery, consider getting in shape before the big day. It could help you avoid rehab and speed recovery. Read more >

Oral Health's Impact on the Body
Gum disease and cavities are bad news for more than your mouth. They can release bacteria that put seniors' health in danger. Read more >

To Avoid Frailty, Fortify Your Body Now
Even a minor illness can derail the health of seniors if they don't have reserves of important nutrients. Don't wait to adjust your diet. Read more >

Even Your Fat Gets Old
Most of us gain weight as we age, and now we know why this is: fat cells don't turnover the way they used to. One thing works. Read more >

A Furry Shoulder to Cry On
Losing a loved one is terrible. The unconditional love a pet -- any pet -- can offer helps ease the pain. Read more >

Choking on Supplements
The size of many vitamins and supplements can be a problem for older adults. Here's what helps. Read more >

The Anti-Aging Compound in Blueberries
Nearly everyone loves them, and for those over 65, blueberries are a tasty hedge against aging. Read more >

Genetics and The Risk of Dementia
If you have a parent with dementia or Alzheimer's, you probably worry about your own risk. You can do more than you may think. Read more >

Chew on This
If you can't chew well, you can't eat well. Tooth problems can lead to heart problems and poor nutrition. Read more >

Seniors' Cannabis Problem
Seniors are often reluctant to ask about how medical marijuana might help them, and many doctors lack the information to offer advice. Read more >

Money Management as a Screening Tool for Dementia
As memory becomes impaired with age, seniors may have trouble with basic financial tasks like making change or balancing their checkbooks. Read more >

Not Alzheimer's
There are many forms of dementia. This may not matter to caregivers, but it could make a difference to treatment. Read more >

Making Old Brains Young Again
Electrical brain stimulation helped seniors perform just as well on a memory task as their 20-something counterparts. Read more >

Feel in Control; Feel Younger
When seniors grow to feel more in control of their lives, they feel younger, too. Read more >

Bye Bye Beta Amyloid
Sound and light delivered at a certain frequency can break up the plaques involved in Alzheimer's and improve memory. Read more >

Screening for Osteoporosis with Ultrasound
Ultrasounds of a bone in your heel may be a low-cost alternative to DEXA scans for osteoporosis screening. Read more >

Over 80? Cholesterol Might Help
High levels of "bad" cholesterol and triglycerides can actually make it more likely that people in their 80s will remain fully functional. Read more >

Does Bone Strength Begin in the Brain?
Researchers have succeeded in making bones denser and stronger in the lab. The key appears to be a protein in the brain. Read more >

Exercise Takes Years Off the Mind
Seniors who exercised and ate well had significant cognitive improvements – in as little as six months. Read more >

Untreated Hearing Loss Leads to Health Problems
Hearing loss makes it harder for seniors to think and socialize, and easier for them to fall. Addressing it saves healthcare dollars. Read more >

For Seniors, Protein Matters
Hoping to remain independent in old age? Give your body what it needs to stay strong. Read more >

Build Strong Bodies Two Ways
Bones need good nutrition and exercise to be strong, but one of these ingredients is far more important. Read more >

Stop Frailty Before It Starts
Simply eating foods with enough of these key vitamins can cut your risk of becoming frail by as much as 90%. Read more >

Older is Not Wiser
Seniors are less likely than younger generations to realize -- and admit -- an error. Read more >

No Gains from Brain Games
Brain training does not translate into gains on similar brain tasks. There are better ways to stay sharp. Read more >

Does a Virus Trigger Alzheimer's?
People with a common childhood virus may be more susceptible to Alzheimer’s disease years later. Read more >

Two Hours a Week
It's surprising how little exercise it takes to stay sharp as you age. But you do have to keep at it. Read more >

Secrets of Life Extension
People over 50 who develop these five habits tend to live years longer than those who don't. Read more >

About that Protein Shake...
Trying to fend off frailty? More than the recommended amount of protein may not help. Read more >

"Beeting" Alzheimer's
A compound in beets may help prevent the misfolded proteins associated with the disease. Read more >

Ageism and the Risk of Dementia
A person's feelings about aging may make them more likely to develop dementia. Read more >

The Sodium-Memory Connection
In seniors, low sodium levels in the blood -- from medications, heart or kidney problems -- can cause memory loss. Read more >

Fractured Sleep, Fractured Mind
Which comes first: sleep problems or the accumulation of proteins related to Alzheimer's? Read more >

New Guidelines for Staying Sharp
The American Academy of Neurology has a new set of guidelines designed to keep memory problems at bay. Read more >

Reduce Your Risk of Fractures
People worried about keeping bones strong should focus on these factors before taking supplements. Read more >

Go for the Greens
Seniors who ate more of these vegetables had sharper memories into their 80s and beyond. Read more >

The Surest Route to Brain Health
Aerobic exercise beefs up an area of the brain tied to memory and Alzheimer's disease. Read more >

The High Cost of Raising the Retirement Age
Raising the retirement age for Social Security should save money, but it just brings older, sicker people into the system. Read more >

A Sniff Test for Alzheimer's
Your sense of smell is directly connected to your brain, making it a potential indicator of how well that organ is working. Read more >

For Seniors, TV Is Dangerous
Watching TV, especially at night, is a big reason many seniors have trouble walking. Here's why. Read more >

How to Fight Frailty with Protein
Seniors, don't just eat protein once or twice a day. To prevent frailty, it's better to eat some at every meal. Read more >

The Perks of Moderate Drinking?
Moderate drinkers seem to enjoy certain health benefits. But heavy drinkers are considerably less fortunate. Read more >

Video Games to the Rescue?
When it comes to staying sharp, video games appear to work just as well as brain training. Read more >

Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids
Personal sound amplification devices are likely to become available the way reading glasses are. Read more >

Me? High Blood Pressure?
Aging makes hypertension more likely. Reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke. Know how to take your pressure properly. Read more >

For Seniors, Protein Recommendations May Not Be Enough
Aging adults need more protein to fight illness and stay strong. Few get enough. Read more >

Eye Saver
Caught early, glaucoma can usually be kept at bay. A new test gives doctors a much-needed edge. Read more >

Eyeglasses that Change with Your Vision
In the works: glasses that adjust the way your eyes' natural lenses do. Read more >

To Prevent Alzheimer's, Start Early
In your 40s and worried about dementia? Try to reduce these cardiovascular risk factors. Read more >

A Fast Track to Slowing Aging
Eating less gives your cells, especially your ribosomes, a rest and slows the aging process. Read more >

Help for Thinning Bones
Nearly 80 percent of Americans are deficient in vitamin D, putting them at risk for fragile bones as they age. Here's what helps. Read more >

Over-Medicated Seniors
Seniors are being given prescriptions that can muddle their minds and cause falls. Here is how over-prescribing can be avoided. Read more >

Give Your Mind A Hedge Against Memory Problems
Some surprising — and fulfilling — ways to reduce your chances of cognitive impairment. Read more >

Two Ways to Crank Up Your Memory
Meditation and music both appear to help preserve memory in the aging brain. Read more >

Tiny But Mighty
This micromineral helps us repair damaged DNA and makes a big difference in our health. Can you guess what it is? Read more >

Your Brain Needs the Mediterranean
A Mediterranean diet can help keep your brain sharper, a study of people over 70 shows. Brain scans prove it. Read more >

Thanks for the Memories
Lutein, an antioxidant found in brightly colored fruits and vegetables, beefs up the brain — and memory. Read more >

Helping Bones, Harming the Heart
Many men and women take a calcium supplement to strengthen their bones, not knowing the damage they are doing to their hearts. Read more >

Senior Serenity
Most seniors are happier than people in their 20s and 30s, making them an untapped resource for the mental health of young adults. Read more >

Why Latinos Live Longer
Latinos age more slowly and live longer than members of other ethnic groups do. It's called the “Hispanic Paradox.” Read more >

The Power of A Healthy Diet — Independence
Eating well now may be what makes it possible to live on your own later in life. Read more >

Space Kadets, Take Note
The active compound in marijuana — THC — may prevent the brain detritus that causes Alzheimer's. Read more >

A Healthy Reason to Love Carbs
Of all the factors researchers explored, fiber intake made the biggest difference in how well a person aged. Read more >

What Aging Well Really Means
A good old age may not mean being free of ailments. More important are seniors' mobility and sociability. Read more >

Memory Problems? Go Fish
One serving of seafood a week reduced the progression of certain types of memory loss in seniors. Read more >

Help for the Loneliness of Dementia
A program that helps seniors with early-onset dementia suggests ways to ease loneliness. Read more >

Yoga, For Body And Brain
Skip the brain-training. Yoga and meditation can do more for your mood and memory. Read more >

Hearing Aids As a Hedge Against Dementia
Hearing loss is common among seniors. Unchecked by a hearing aid, it can disconnect people from others and lead to mental deterioration. Read more >

To Prevent Falls, Try Tai Chi
The fear of a fall can leave seniors housebound. But even those who have had a fall can recover balance with the help of this ancient art. Read more >

Fish As A Brain-Saving Device
Eating fish twice a week reduces the brain changes associated with Alzheimer's. Read more >

The Truth about Old Dogs and New Tricks
Not only do dogs learn new tricks, they have things to teach us, too. Read more >

Age-Related Cataracts
Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness around the world even though they are usually fully correctable with surgery. Read more >

A Litmus Test for Longevity
Subtle changes in pH balance can affect the longevity of older people — even if they are in good health. Read more >

More Than A Meal
Programs like Meals on Wheels do more than provide nutrition. They help combat loneliness. Read more >

Long Live Coffee Lovers
Go ahead, have that second or third cup of joe. It seems to lead to a longer life. Read more >

A Game To Help Seniors Remain At Home
Virtual Week helps sharpen seniors’ ability to perform the tasks of daily life. Read more >

Dialing Down Medication for the Elderly
Some seniors on blood pressure and diabetes medications can end up dangerously over-medicated. Read more >

The Best and Worst Places for Older People to Live
What countries are the best places to grow old? It depends on a how far pensions go, the social fabric, and some other intangibles. Read more >

An Easy Change Reduces Falls Among The Elderly
Falls are a big problem for seniors. They can mean the end of independence. Good nutrition can cut the risk in half. Read more >

Good Housekeeping: Ridding the Brain of Junk
Younger brains are better at clearing away Alzheimer’s proteins than older brains. Is there anything we can do? Read more >

Forget How Old You Are — How Fast Are You Aging?
Biological age can be twice (or half) that of chronological age. Why some age faster. Read more >

Lack of Sleep Linked to A Buildup of Toxic Proteins
Poor sleep may be linked to Alzheimer’s disease. But it’s not clear which comes first. Read more >

Singing in The Brain
Singing — or listening to singing — can help those with dementia feel better emotionally and mentally. Read more >

Leafy Greens Appear to Help Keep the Brain Sharp
Two or more servings of leafy greens like kale, spinach, and collards are an insurance marker against mental decline. Read more >

Aging Brings Greater Trust, Happiness
There are some, and one at least can make you happier. Read more >

For Sleeplessness, The Best Medicine May be Meditation
Before trying medication, seniors having trouble sleeping should try a short course on meditation. Read more >

Benadryl, Other Meds May Up Risk of Dementia
The more Benadryl and certain other anticholinergic drugs you take, the greater the risk of dementia. Read more >

Mild Cogniitive Impairment: What It Is, What It's Not
You're over 60 and are starting to find it hard to remember things. Are you on the road to senility? Read more >

Social Media Helps Keep Seniors Connected
Get Mom and Dad a broadband connection. Social networks ease seniors' loneliness, too. Read more >

Marriage Problems Take Their Toll on the Heart
Elderly couples with marital problems are more likely to have cardiac problems as well. Counseling can help. Read more >

Seniors Vulnerable to Gambling's Allure
Gambling offers seniors excitement and a way to socialize. What could be bad? Actually, plenty. Read more >

The Virtues of The Mediterranean Diet Show Up on Chromosomes
The Mediterranean diet works by keeping our telomeres, and so our lives, longer. Read more >

Reduced-Sodium Meats Pose Danger for People with Kidney Disease
People with chronic kidney disease should beware of low-salt meats and other foods because they may contain dangerous levels of potassium. Read more >

Speaking a Second Language May Keep the Brain in Good Shape
Speaking more than one language is one of the most powerful ways to keep your mind sharp. Read more >

For Listening to Music, Old-Fashioned Hearing Aids May Be Best
You may want to leave your fancy new hearing aid at home. It can really ruin musical enjoyment. Read more >

Researchers Find An Ingenious Way to Measure Seniors' Drinking
Ask someone how much they drink, and the answer they'll give you may not jibe with the number of bottles in the trash. Read more >

What’s Good for the Heart is Good for the Brain
One of the best ways to guard against dementia is to protect your heart. Read more >

The Best Medications for Osteoporosis
There is a wide range of drugs available to treat osteoporosis. How to figure out which is right for you. Read more >

Lack of Motivation May Masquerade as Cognitive Decline
As people age, it can be hard to tell whether memory or motivation is fading. Read more >

Vitamin D Deficiencies Raise the Risk of Dementia
Making sure you have enough vitamin D is one way to guard against memory loss. Read more >

Low Blood Pressure in Old Age May Bring Cognitive Decline
High blood pressure in old age may not be all bad: It can mean more blood to the brain. Read more >

Getting Active in Your 70s (or Later) Can Reduce the Risk of Disability
Reduce your chances of landing in a nursing home -- walk a few blocks more. It may be all you need. Read more >

Even Seniors with High Blood Pressure Live Longer by Getting Active
Men with high blood pressure — not to mention those with normal BP — cut their risk of death simply by walking. Read more >

Apathy, Inactivity, and Brain Atrophy
The prospect of dementia haunts people over 50, but what they ought to fear is apathy and inactivity. Read more >

Marriage More Likely to End in Divorce If Wife Becomes Ill
When a married woman becomes ill, divorce may loom on the horizon. But the same is not true for men. Read more >

Internet Use Can Offer Seniors Friends with Emotional Benefits
For seniors, spending more time online can be a way to stay connected socially and ward off depression. Read more >

Hearing Loss More Common Among Musicians than Expected
Hearing loss is an occupational hazard among musicians. Read more >

Exercise Reduces Risk of Hospital Readmission In Patients With COPD
If you have lung disease, you may think you should not be exercising, but nothing could be further from the truth. Read more >

Milk Eases Women's Osteoarthritis
Drinking milk every day may help reduce the joint damage of osteoarthritis. Read more >

Aging and Macular Degeneration
Aging increases the risk of macular degeneration, but some behaviors make the risk far greater, while others reduce it. Here's what you can do. Read more >

Often Under the Radar, Binge Drinking May Lead to an Early Death
Drinking five drinks twice a week is far worse for your health than drinking two drinks five times a week, even though they may seem equal. Read more >

Vitamin E Could Slow Alzheimer's Progress
Vitamin E may help slow the mental decline of seniors with Alzheimer's Disease, allowing them to remain independent longer. Read more >

Catching Alzheimer's Decline Before It Starts
Scientists have found where Alzheimer's begins in the brain. Read more >

Music: A Roadmap to Forgotten Memories?
Some songs call up old memories. They may also help brain-injured patients remember their past. Read more >

Brain Training Can Help Prevent Cognitive Decline in the Years to Come
Training sessions can protect aging brains against cognitive decline — up to a decade later. Read more >

Santa Claus, Aging Successfully
How healthy is Santa Claus? He surely has some belly fat. But he's actually in pretty good shape. Read more >

Dementia, Alzheimer's, on the Decline
The rates of dementia and Alzheimer's disease are declining. Read more >

Another Type of Sunray Ages Skin Prematurely
Low exposure to UVA1 light can cause skin damage. And most sunscreens do not offer protection. Read more >

Musical Training Improves the Brain's Sensitivity to Sound, Speech
People who have studied music for a few years tend to hear better because their brains process sounds more rapidly. Read more >

Lifestyle Changes Reverse Aging in Chromosomes
When we eat right, exercise and receive emotional support, even our chromosomes look younger. Read more >

3-D Video Game Improves Cognitive Control
A video game that works key brain circuits helps bring aging brains' performance up to speed. Read more >

NVC -- Cerebral Blood Flow and Mental Processing: The Case for Cocoa
Our brains use blood the way a Formula 1 car guzzles gas. Cocoa appears to help keep blood flowing. Read more >

Discovery Suggests A Surprising Culprit in Alzheimer's and Other Neurodegenerative Diseases
New Alzheimer's disease discovery -- how it's "like a fire burning through the brain." Read more >

Kidney Dialysis in the Elderly: The Case for Grafts
How to avoid some complications when connecting elderly patients to dialysis machines. Read more >

Omega 3s Role in Bone Health
Omega 3 fatty acids, found in swordfish and tuna, appear to strengthen bones. Omega 6s don't. Read more >

A Gene Behind the Body's Clock Affects Aging
Maintaining a regular sleep-wake cycle keeps you healthy, and may help you live longer. Read more >

Mannitol, A Promising Parkinson's Treatment
A substance found in sugar-free gum helps prevent the build-up of the clumps of protein key to the disease. Read more >

Too Much Time on Your Hands? Volunteering Reduces Hypertension Risk
Volunteering is not just good for the soul. It's good for your blood pressure. Read more >

Regular Sunscreen Use Reduces Aging of Skin
It's official: Exposure to the sun's rays ages your skin. But is the problem the same for all skin colors? Read more >

Eating Peppers Reduces the Risk of Parkinson's Disease
Eating peppers regularly lowers your risk of Parkinson’s disease. Nicotine is the active ingredient. Read more >

A Game Helps Keep Older Drivers Safer on the Road
Video games designed to challenge mental abilities can help seniors reduce cognitive decline. Read more >

A Troubling Pattern in End-of-Life Care
When a person is dying, it is important to discuss hospice care with doctors to avoid unnecessary treatments and offer more hospice time. Read more >

Parkinson's Treatment Can Unlock Creativity
The medications Parkinson's patients take can cause a wonderful side effect — a flowering of creativity. Read more >

Aging Brains, Disrupted Sleep, and Impaired Memory
Aging disrupts slow-wave sleep and memory. But better, memory restoring sleep is possible. Read more >

Speaking Two or More Languages May Slow Cognitive Decline
Attention! Atención! Achtung! More evidence that the mental challenges of our youth have long-term benefits. Read more >

Resource Center: Aging

Short Bursts of Physical Activity Can Boost Your Memory
Short bursts of activity can help memory, for people with memory problems and those without. Read more >

Physical Activity Supports Brain Structure, Boosts Brain Power
Being physically active can help prevent the brain shrinkage that accompanies aging. Read more >

Researchers See Caffeine's Effect in the Brain
Scans show just what caffeine does to the brain. It may protect us from dementia. Read more >

Eye Drops that Prevent Cataracts
Eye drops to prevent cataracts? They work in rats at least... Read more >

Xanax, Valium Linked to Dementia in the Elderly
When elderly people take benzodiazepines such as Ativan, Valium and Xanax, their risk of dementia goes up 50%. Read more >

Medical Costs Often Exceed Assets Late in Life
About 25% of all seniors spend more than the total value of all their assets on out-of-pocket... Read more >

Compounds in Cocoa May Boost Brain Power
Seniors who took higher concentrations of cocoa flavanols had improvements on cognitive tests... Read more >

Mindfulness Relieves Loneliness
A simple program of mindfulness mediation replaced lonely feelings with a greater appreciation... Read more >

Simple Ways to Increase Fitness Can Reduce the Risk of Falls
By putting a little extra effort into regular movements, senirs can build enough strength and balance to reduce the risk of a fall. Read more >

Lack of Vitamin D May Increase Risk of Death In Older Adults
Weight loss of greater than 5 percent; exhaustion; decreased grip strength; slow walking; and decreased physical activity indicate frailty. Read more >

Could a Culprit in Alzheimer's Disease Turn into a Treatment for Multiple Sclerosis?
The culprit in Alzheimer's disease, amyloid-beta, might prevent multiple sclerosis. Come Again? Read more >

Could Some Dementias Be Autoimmune Diseases?
One form of dementia may be the result of the immune system going haywire. Luckily, there might be.. Read more >

Computer Time Could Prevent Cognitive Decline (But Don't Forget to Exercise)
Computer time along with physical activity may prevent cognitive decline. Read more >

Why Tai Chi Makes Sense for the Elderly
Seniors need to be careful that strength training doesn't also stiffen arteries. Tai Chi can help. Read more >

Pedometers Increase Exercise
Using a pedometer can motivate seniors to walk farther and exercise longer. Read more >

Age Lowers the Boom on Baby Boomers
As baby boomers begin to turn 65, their golden years are not looking as golden as in the past... Read more >

Puttering About Could Reduce Your Risk for Alzheimer's Disease
The simplest activities, even housework, can reduce your risk for cognitive decline. Read more >

Looking through the Eyes Helps Doctors See into the Brain
Measuring degeneration of the eye could tell us if it is also occurring in the brain. Read more >

Stand Up and Fight for Your Life
Even active people have an increased risk of death if they sit too much. Read more >

A Connection between Cognition and Personality
When seniors improve their cognitive skills, their personalities also get a boost. Read more >

Tai Chi Improves Parkinson's Symptoms
Tai chi can improve Parkinson's patients' movement and balance. Read more >

Osteoporosis and Bone Mineral Density Testing: New Guidelines for Screening?
Do post-menopausal women and older men need BMD screening every year or two... Read more >

Can Overeating Cause Memory Loss?
Overeating has been linked to some forms of memory loss. Read more >

Early Results Promising for New Alzheimer Drug
Different from drugs designed to clear amyloid plaques, a new compound, J147, prevents - and stops - Alzheimer's Disease Read more >

The Connection Between Good Nutrition and Good Cognition Becomes Clearer
Good nutrition and brain health go hand in hand; changing your diet can help protect your brain. Read more >

Vibration Device Doesn't Slow Bone Loss
Whole body vibration platforms have been marketed to prevent bone loss. Problem is, they don't work. Read more >

New Research Broadens Our Understanding of Alzheimer's
A new study uncovers a major surprise in the Alzheimer's puzzle. Read more >

Measuring Happiness Now Could Predict Death Risk Years Later
Happiness measured at one point in time was linked to lower mortality five years later. Read more >

Pressure Ulcers: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention
When skin is under unrelieved pressure, it breaks down and ulcers occur. Prevention is key. Read more >

Storing Medications in High Temperatures Can Decrease Effectiveness
When you're traveling with medications, keep them in the climate-controlled interior of the car, rather than in the hot trunk. Read more >

Redefining Health: What Does It Mean to be Healthy, and How Do We Get There?
More than a checklist of foods to eat or exercises to perform, health is a cluster of behaviors and choices. Read more >

Can Old-Age Memory Loss Be Reversed?
In aging brains cyclic AMP, a cytokine, weakens cell firing, slowing working memory. Blocking it... Read more >

Exercise for Seniors: Benefits, Risks, and How To Begin
Exercise is the fountain of youth. So what are you waiting for? A plan to get you started. Read more >

Grape Seed Extract - and Perhaps Red Wine - May Fend off Alzheimer's
Grape seed extract – and perhaps red wine – shows promise as a way to slow... Read more >

Osteoporosis: Treating and Preventing the Most Common Bone Disorder in Women and Men
Osteoporosis is common among men and women, but there's progress in treatment and prevention. Read more >

The Science of Skincare: Can We Really Slow Aging?
Skin, our body's largest organ, has simple tastes. The best products are found in the kitchen, not the bathroom cabinet. Read more >

Brisk Walking Improves Brain Blood Flow at Age 70 and Beyond
You are never too old to benefit from exercise. Just walking can make a big difference in blood flow to the brain and body. Read more >

Regular Exercise May Foil Salt's Effect on Blood Pressure
Regular exercise can reduce the effect that salt has on blood pressure. Read more >

Seniors Missing Out on Preventive Care
If you are over 65 and on Medicare, you should take advantage of the all the free preventive health care services it provides. Read more >

Ibuprofen May Stave off Parkinson's Disease
Ibuprofen appears to offer protection against Parkinson's disease. Brain inflammation may be the... Read more >

Osteoporosis Drug May Extend Life
Bisphosphonates, used to prevent bone loss from osteoporosis, may actually prolong life beyond preventing fractures. Read more >

Walking Slows Mental Decline
Walking just five miles a week helps reduce mental decline, even in those people who have begun to experience cognitive deficits. Read more >

Mediterranean Diet May Keep the Brain Young
Eating a Mediterranean-style diet significantly slows cognitive decline in seniors. Read more >

Healthy Eaters Live Longer and Better
Seniors who eat a diet high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, poultry, fish and low-fat dairy live longer and better. Read more >

Can "Good" Cholesterol Help the Brain, Like the Heart, Stay Fit?
In addition to helping your heart, higher levels of HDL ("good") cholesterol may reduce your risk of Alzheimer's disease. Read more >

Scientists Make Big Strides in Understanding the Cause of Alzheimer's
It is not that Alzheimer's brains overproduce dangerous plaques; they have trouble getting rid of... Read more >

Reversing the Aging Process in Mice
Researchers found a gene in mice, that plays a key role in the aging process. Are humans next? Read more >

Retirement Reverses Job-Related Fatigue, Depression
Workers with exhaustion and depression felt significantly better after they retired... Read more >

Unmet Needs of the Elderly: EMS Can Help
A new program helps tighten the safety net for rural elders. Read more >

Fat Build-Up in the Eye May Signal More Than Just Eye Problems
What can a common eye condition reveal more about our overall health? Read more >

Parkinson's May Be Linked to Energy Genes
Parkinson's disease appears linked to problems in the brain's energy stores... Read more >

Age Like a Fine Wine
Aging well has been linked to three factors: faith in your ability to exert control over your life, social support and exercise. Read more >

Paget's Disease
This disorder causes bony overgrowth and problems with the bone's structure. Read more >

Vitamin B12 Linked to Reduced Risk of Alzheimer's Disease
Higher B12 levels are linked to reduced risk of cognitive decline, including Alzheimer's disease. Read more >

Taking Blood Pressure Meds at Night Before Bed Boosts Effectiveness
Taking blood pressure meds before you go to sleep at night boosts their effectiveness by working with your body's natural rhythms. Read more >

Modest Exercise Can Bring the Bones Big Benefits
Just 20 minutes of exercise a day may help reduce fractures in women with bone loss. Read more >

B Vitamins Help Reduce Brain Shrinkage in the Elderly
People taking high doses of B vitamins had less brain shrinkage than those who didn't... Read more >

Worrying About Falling May Make It Happen - So Relax!
Seniors who worry about falling actually fall more than those who don't. Read more >

Fish for the Eyes
Eating fish rich in healthy fats may help protect the eyes. Read more >

A Sniff of Insulin May Help Alzheimer's Patients
Not just for diabetics: A sniff of the hormone insulin may help recover memory in Alzheimer's... Read more >

Antibiotic May Lead to Dangerously High Potassium Levels in Seniors
An antibiotic often prescribed for urinary tract infections can raise potassium levels dangerously.. Read more >

Exceptional Human Longevity
Who are the oldest old – those 100 years of age and older? And what can these centenarians tell us about aging? Read more >

The Secret Life of the Grown-Up Brain

Immediate Removal of Inflamed Gallbladder Improves Outcome in Elderly
It is often a good idea to remove an inflamed gallbladder sooner rather than later. Read more >

Sex and the Elderly
It is not uncommon for sexual satisfaction to decline with age. Talking with your partner can help in many ways. Read more >

Laughter May Be the Best Medicine of All
Laughter affects the body much the same way exercise does, reducing stress and pain... Read more >

Dancing Improves Seniors' Balance, Reduces Falls
Dancing can improve seniors' balance, walking speed and overall functioning, not to mention their spirits. Read more >

Walking Shelter Dogs Helps Heart Patients Recover Faster - and Makes the Pups Happy, Too
Volunteering at their local animal shelter is one good way for cardiac patients to get the exercise they need to recover. Read more >

Complex Spinal Operations Rise Without Evidence of Benefit
Spinal fusion is not always the only or best way to ease the pain associated with spinal stenosis and disc problems. Read more >

Elderly Hip Fracture Patients Are Not Getting the Care They Need
A hip fracture in an elderly patient is a life-altering event. Often they receive inadequate care during the first three months. Read more >

Zen Meditation: Feeling No Pain
Research has found that Zen meditation reduces the experience of pain, seemingly by thickening the brain's gray matter. Read more >

A Little Extra Weight May Help the Elderly Live Longer
Once you are over 70, a few extra pounds may actually be beneficial and may add to longevity. Read more >

Exercise May Prevent – and Reverse – Age−Related Cognitive Decline
Exercise helps prevent cognitive decline. Better circulation in the brain and increased brain cell production are two reasons why. Read more >

Diet, Cognitive Ability, and Heart Health Interlinked in Seniors, Study Finds
Eating more fresh fruits and vegetables helps seniors' hearts and their cognitive function. Read more >

Flexible Bodies, Flexible Arteries
The narrower and stiffer the artery, the faster blood flows, raising blood pressure. Read more >

Researchers Find No Connection between Coffee and Cognition
Drinking coffee offers no defense against the natural decline of mental abilities as we age. But several other factors seem to be good predictors... Read more >

Vitamin D Supplements May Reduce Falls in Seniors
Taking vitamin D supplements appears to help prevent falls in older adults, perhaps by strengthening bones. Read more >

Jane Brody's Guide To The Great Beyond
Palliative medicine is a new specialty which focuses on easing patients' symptoms and delivering humane medical care at the end of life. Read more >

Keeping the Mind Active May Stave Off Dementia, Study Finds
Remaining mentally active and making sure you work your brain at least twice a week appears to reduce the risk of dementia. Read more >

Eating Meat during Middle-Age May Promote Independence in Old Age
Eating meat in middle-age, may actually help people live independently longer in old age. Read more >

Found: A New Piece in the Alzheimer's Puzzle
In what may be a crucial finding for the treatment and prevention of Alzheimer's disease, a tiny portion of a protein, called N60, appears to be... Read more >

Memory Problems? Bad Habits May Be to Blame
There is a strong connection between bodily health and brain health. Read more >

A Little Exercise Goes a Long Way
When it comes to exercise, your body has a short memory. It wants to know what you've done for it lately. Read more >

Feel Younger
Feel Younger is a four−part series based on a book by TheDoctor's Aging specialist, Dr. Read more >

Coupling Mediterranean Diet and Exercise May Ward off Alzheimer's
Eating a healthy, Mediterranean-style diet is linked to significantly lower rates of Alzheimerss disease. Read more >

Optimism is Linked to Less Heart Trouble, Better Life Expectancy
Studies show that cynical and hostile people have a higher mortality rate than those who are optimistic and trusting. Read more >

“Silent” Strokes May Put Seniors at Risk for Memory Loss and Cognitive Problems
People over 60 may be at risk of experiencing "silent" strokes, those which go unnoticed... Read more >

Did I Take That Pill?
Older adults are more likely to incorrectly repeat a task once it has become habitual, like taking daily medication. Read more >

Researchers Find Growth Factor May Reverse Alzheimer's Symptoms in Mice
A growth factor (GCSF) often used to increase white blood cell production in the bone marrow of cancer patients may actually reverse Alzheimer‘s Read more >

Being Fit — Mentally and Physically — Keeps Mind Sharp with Age
Physical fitness and a high school education are two factors that appear to decrease the risk of mental decline. Read more >

Drinking Alcohol May Lengthen Life, Ward off Dementia
Moderate alcohol consumption, particularly wine, can lengthen life and reduce the risk of dementia. Read more >

Home-Based Intervention Helps Seniors Live Longer
Seniors can live on their own longer if they are helped to learn new ways to accomplish tasks like getting dressed. Read more >

Loneliness Affects Mental and Physical Well Being
Even people who have a seemingly rich social network can still feel lonely or isolated. Read more >

Many Americans Lack Quick Access to Top-Quality Emergency Care
Since time is often critical in an emergency, it is important to know whether the ER you are going to is capable of handling... Read more >

Alcohol and the Elderly: A Potent Mix
Older adults should sit around for a while after drinking and let the alcohol metabolize before driving home. Read more >

Arthroscopy's Benefit For Knee OA Is Limited
Arthroscopy, the minimally-invasive surgical technique, appears to be of limited value for osteoarthritis of the knee... Read more >

Prostate Screening via PSA Test May Be Unnecessary
While some forms of prostate cancer may never pose a health threat, other forms are quite malignant and can be life-threatening. Read more >

Pump Up Quads For Better Postoperative Function
Strengthening quads after a total knee replacement can improve functional performance enough to rival that of healthy older adults. Read more >

Researchers Get to the Root of Why Hair Grays
Researchers think they know why hair grays. That's the first step in figuring out how to prevent it. Read more >

Books, Games, and Computers — but Not TV — Help Ward off Memory Loss
Staying mentally active by reading or playing games (turn off the TV) are excellent ways to keep the brain "fit." Read more >

Quad-Cartilage Connection: Strength May Protect Against Knee OA Progression
Strong quadriceps can keep knee cartilage from crumbling. Read more >

Apple Juice May Slow Accumulation of Plaques in Alzheimer's Disease
Eating fruits and veggies works to reduce oxidative stress in the body. Read more >

New Hope for Back Pain
Spinal discs are gel-filled sacs that sit between the vertebrae (bones) of the spinal column. They function as a cushion or shock absorber. Read more >

A Link Between Personality and Dementia?
People who are calm and outgoing, also known as type B's, are less likely to develop dementia than those who are easily stressed... Read more >

Walking is Good Medicine for Blocked Leg Arteries
Peripheral artery disease is estimated to affect one out of every 16 adults over the age of 40, but often goes undiagnosed. Read more >

Brain Cell Starvation May Trigger Alzheimer's Disease
Alzheimer's disease may be a result of energy deprivation in the brain brought about by poor circulation causing insufficient glucose. Read more >

Exercise Helps Keep the Brain in Shape
Exercise may help keep the brain young by halting the natural decline of new neurons produced in the brain, according to a new study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology. Read more >

A Protein's Role in the Development of Alzheimer's Disease
Mice that had beta-amyloid proteins introduced into their brains developed Alzheimer's-like symptoms, providing a clue to the disease's cause. Read more >

Eat Better and Enjoy It More — Enhancing Senior Nutrition
"Eating well is vital at any age, but as you get older, your daily food choices can make an important difference in your health." Read more >

Osteoporosis Guidelines Revised to Be More Inclusive
According to new guidelines set by the National Osteoporosis Foundation, post−menopausal women over 50 aren't the only people doctors need to monitor for the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis. Read more >

Vaccine May Help Immune System Fight Alzheimer's
A new vaccine prevents the development of Alzheimer's disease in mice, without causing significant side effects. Read more >

Fear of Falling Causes Physical Decline in Older Adults
Loose throw rugs, cracked sidewalks, toys and pets underfoot — coupled with stiff joints and visual decline — can make the daily movements most take for granted a hazard for older adults. Read more >

Urban Exercise? Take It Inside
We have all seen urban runners, skating and bicyclists dodging traffic or paralleling busy roads and highways, and wondered: do the benefits of being in shape outweigh the dangers of breathing all that polluted air? According to medical experts, the answer may well be no. Read more >

Fixing the Gait
More than 700,000 Americans have a stroke each year, many never fully recover. Read more >

Fast Walking — Slow Aging
Walking for an hour a day, five times a week, can take a dozen years off your biological clock. Read more >

Meditation Can Reduce Reliance on Hypertension Medication
Simple relaxation and stress management techniques may make it possible for elderly people with a form of high blood pressure reduce their reliance on antihypertensive drugs, which pose certain risks for this age group. Read more >

Oxidation, Disease and Aging
It turns out that oxidation, the same chemical reaction that causes iron to rust, plays a similarly corrosive role in our bodies. Read more >

The 30-Minute Solution
Add another finding to the growing list of studies telling us how important exercise is in reducing the impact of aging. Read more >

Folate Deficiency Triples Dementia Risk
People concerned about senile dementia should make sure they are eating plenty of leafy vegetables. Read more >

How to Get Older, Slower
There is an old saying: "the more time you waste, the more you have. Read more >

Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD)

A Welcome Alternative to Spinal Fusion
It was the kind of injury that left Kelly Weber a grim choice: spinal fusion or lifelong pain. Read more >

Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis

Strong Bones, Healthy Joints
Your bone mineral density should be repeated after two years to determine your rate of bone loss. Read more >

Fat But Fit
You may have heard the saying: there are no fat people over 60. Read more >

Health Literacy 101: Prescription Labels
Let's say you have just picked up a new prescription and the label says: "Take one tablet bid for 7 days. Read more >

Improving Your Posture and Balance
Posture is reflection of how you balance your body, which would fall forward if your muscles did not pull it back. Read more >

Move It: Exercise and Aging

Cataracts: Causes, Prevention, Treatment

Alzheimer's: Old Drug, New Use
According to new research, the drug donepezil, which has been used to treat mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease, is safe and effective when used to treat severe Alzheimer's as well. Read more >

The Yin and Yang of Alzheimer's
Recent research suggests a new way of understanding — and possibly preventing — Alzheimer's disease. Read more >

New Clue to Alzheimer's Cause
One of the key differences between the human and non-human brain is a phenomenon called myelination. Read more >

What Do You Know About Stroke?
Stroke kills over 160,000 Americans each year. Read more >

Erectile Dysfunction (ED) in the Elderly
Obesity, smoking, television viewing and alcohol use are associated with higher risk of ED. Read more >

The Elderly & Vitamin D
Recent research has led to a growing awareness of the importance of vitamin D to our overall health. Read more >

Don't Ignore the Snore
The folks at Loyola University's Center for Sleep Disorders will be encouraging those of us who snore loudly, gasp for air or wake up tired to go to a sleep clinic and get evaluated for sleep apnea. Read more >

New Alzheimer's Gene Discovered
An international research team has identified a major new gene — named SORL1 — that is associated with Alzheimer's disease. Read more >

Rapid Weight-Loss and Dementia
A long-term study of the elderly has found that their average rate of weight loss doubles in the year before the first symptoms of Alzheimer's-type dementia are detected. Read more >

It's Not the Year, It's the Mileage
Living a long, healthy life is more about handling stress and avoiding disease than chronological age, say two leading researchers in the fields of neurobiology and psychoneuroendocrinology. Read more >

Replacing Hip Replacement?
Hip resurfacing may help you avoid hip replacement. Read more >

Use It or Lose It
Exercising your mind, like your body, keeps it sharp. Read more >

Stronger Seniors

Glaucoma: The Perils of High Pressure
Eye drops for glaucoma can cause depression. Read more >

Radical News on Alzheimer's
In what may be a significant step forward in the understanding of Alzheimer's Disease, researchers at Ohio State University have found new clues to how free radicals can contribute to the disease. Read more >

The Latest Buzz on Tinnitus
Tinnitus — a ringing or buzzing in the ears with no obvious source — can range from annoying to debilitating. Read more >

Sepsis and Its Complications
Every minute of every day, two people die from sepsis in the United States. Read more >

Frailty: Management and Treatment
Most frail persons should do resistance exercise training at least three times per week. Read more >

"Tube Feeding" — Right or Wrong: The Medical, Legal and Ethical Issues
Patients should not be on tube feeding unless they are expected to requireit for more than 30 days. Read more >

Anti-aging Medicine — Science or Snake Oil?
"Look younger! Feel better! Add years to your life! Guaranteed!" So reads one advertisement for a so-called anti-aging drug. Read more >

Estrogen for Alzheimer's?
In the world of estrogen, every new study seems to reach a different conclusion. Read more >

Older hospitalized patients are often given too little food. Read more >

Swallowing problems that come and go are usually caused by non-cancerousrings of tissue. Read more >

A Potent Argument for Exercise?
Exercise helps reduce the risk of erectile dysfunction or ED. Read more >

Exercises for the Active Senior
Sit with legs extended and flex the trunk forward from the hips. Read more >

Sports Injuries and the Aging Athlete
Not long ago, a man named Al Hanna successfully reached the southern summit of Mt. Read more >

Sleep Apnea: The Noisy Killer
If you are often sleepy during the daytime, you may have sleep apnea and should see your doctor. Read more >

Managing Cognitive Dysfunction
Use of a hearing amplifier can stop a demented patient's screaming. Read more >

Influenza Can Affect Your Blood Count
As we all know, it is influenza season again. Read more >

Male Menopause
A 73-year-old man fell while on a walking tour in the Venezuelan Andes. Read more >

Treating Parkinson's Disease: Appendix
Treatment of PD with levodopa was begun in 1960. Read more >

Treating Parkinson's Disease
Dietary protein reduces the absorption of levadopa, a medication for Parkinson's, so the timing of mealsand medication should be different. Read more >

Urinary Incontinence
Incontinence, the inability to restrain the discharge of urine, is an extremely common and highly treatable disorder. Read more >

DHEA — The Fountain of Youth?
For reasons that are not totally clear, DHEA (dehyrdoepiandrosterone) has captured the public and scientific imagination as an anti-aging hormone. Read more >

Constipation in the Elderly

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