Graphic depiction of a brain.

Parkinson’s disease, a neurodegenerative disorder, affects 1% of people over 60 in the U.S., according to the Parkinson’s Foundation. While that number may seem low, the disease is considered to be fairly common, and prevalence is expected to rise.

close up photo of a housefly

Scientists have long suspected that flies can carry and spread disease. Finding proof about the mechanisms of transmission and extent of the threat to humans, however, has been hard to come by. 

Senior couple walking outside.

Getting out of the house may help you live longer, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society

Using data from the Jerusalem Longitudinal Study, researchers observed that adults ages 70 to 90 years old who left the house at least once a day had improved survival rates compared to peers who went out less frequently.

A checklist of medical conditions with "sleep apnea" checked off.

Getting tested for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) used to mean a sleep study (polysomnography), which could only be conducted in a specialized laboratory. But now, technology has caught up, and there is a home-based system available. This system, called a home sleep apnea test (HSAT), is not appropriate for everyone. 

graphic icon of person losing balance

Falls are a major threat to the health and well-being of seniors. New information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that over 800,000 people are hospitalized for falls each year, and 95% of hip fractures are caused by falling. In addition, falls are the most common cause of traumatic brain injuries. 

Delayed detection

Fruit flies.

New research by University of California Los Angeles scientists suggests that it’s possible to reverse aging. 

diagram of brain with red area showing stroke location

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fewer people in the U.S. are having strokes such that it is the fifth leading cause of death for men, yet it is still the fourth leading cause of death for women. A new study published in the journal Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology, appears to reflect that trend. 

Senior doing exercises on medicine ball.

The term frailty is used to describe a variety of problems such as weakness, fatigue, unintentional weight loss, cognitive problems, and depression. Some people believe that frailty is inevitable as you age.

photo of an unmade bed

To stay healthy, you eat right, exercise, see your doctor regularly. But now, researchers think you might want to add frequent sexual activity to that list—say once a week or more.