Aging News

Short Breaks Counter Negative Effects of Sitting

September 9th, 2014
New research helps to ease the stress that sitting several hours a day can be detrimental to one’s health as a new study suggests even slow walks can reverse harm. Indiana University researchers found that three easy -- one could even say slow ...

Middle-Aged Diabetics Twice As Likely to Suffer Mild Cognitive Impairment

September 6th, 2014
A German study has found that mild cognitive impairment (MCI) occurs twice as often in individuals diagnosed with diabetes mellitus type 2. However, the study also found that this strong association was only observed in middle-aged people — those between 50 and 65 ...

Volunteerism Helps Older Adults Stay Happier, Healthier

September 1st, 2014
Volunteering appears to play an important role for improving the health and happiness of older adults with the activity perhaps even more beneficial for seniors with a chronic health condition. A new study, published online in Psychological Bulletin, is the first to examine ...

Magnetic Electrical Current Boosts Memory

August 29th, 2014
External stimulation of the brain with electrical current using magnetic pulses has been found to improve memory. Researchers from Northwestern Medicine believe the discovery may signal a new method to treat memory impairments associated with diseases such as stroke, early Alzheimer’s disease, cardiac ...

Mindfulness Can Aid Those In Early Dementia and Caregivers

August 27th, 2014
An innovative new approach combines mindfulness training for those with early-stage dementia and their caregivers during the same class session. The new report suggests the two-for-one approach is mutually beneficial as both groups reported less depression and improved sleep and quality of life. "The ...

Heart Fitness Improves Brain Health

August 26th, 2014
A new Canadian study suggests exercising to improve cardiovascular fitness may protect individuals from cognitive impairment associated with aging. "Our body's arteries stiffen with age, and the vessel hardening is believed to begin in the aorta, the main vessel coming out of the ...

Nutrition Influences Immunity, Aging

August 25th, 2014
New research suggests our diet plays a direct role in how we age. In a pair of studies, investigators from UCL (University College London) discovered an interaction between nutrition, metabolism, immunity, and the aging process. Experts believe the findings could aid the development of ...

Yoga Shown to Boost Brain Power in Older Adults

August 24th, 2014
Sedentary older adults who began practicing hatha yoga three times a week for eight weeks experienced a boost in working memory, according to a new study by the University of Illinois. The research, published in The Journals of Gerontology Series: Biological Sciences and Medical ...

Why Sleep Breaks Down With Age

August 23rd, 2014
As people grow older, they often have difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep. On top of that, they tend to awaken too early in the morning. A new study from researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) in Boston and the University ...

In Autism, Poor ‘Pruning’ of Neurons Leads to Excess Synapses

August 23rd, 2014
Children and teens with autism have a sluggish brain “pruning” process during development compared to healthy kids, according to neuroscientists at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC). This slower pruning process results in a surplus of brain synapses -- the points where neurons ...