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a drawing representing chromosomes as shrubs manicured into the typical X shape of a chromosome. On the far left is a health green shrub, in the center a yellow and orange bush losing leaves, and on the far right is a red bush with many leaves fallen off.

Many well-known factors contribute to the decline of physical functioning that accompanies aging. Among these are physical inactivity, a poor diet, smoking, and having multiple chronic conditions.

Now researchers from Orebro University in Sweden have found another underlying factor associated with poor physical functioning: shortening telomeres.

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Many seniors in this country rely on the active support of a family caregiver to manage chronic health conditions. But these relationships can be complicated when the needs and wants of the two individuals clash.

Research out of the University of Kent in the United Kingdom showed real concern about a variety of issues amongst people taking medications.

Researchers at the University of Kent in the United Kingdom set out to learn more about the burden of long-term medications on patients. To do so, they developed a questionnaire called the Living with Medicines Questionnaire (LMQ) and tested it on over 1,800 participants.

oranges and apples

A team of researchers from the University of Sydney in Australia have found that eating an orange every day may help you stave off age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

A man and a woman power walking

If you want to learn a new motor skill, such as playing an instrument or working more efficiently on your computer, exercise for 15 minutes after practicing.

New advancements in senior health are exciting!

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) mission is “to seek fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability.” 

This is an example of the way inflammation can affect the joint between the big toe and the rest of the foot

Gout is a common inflammatory condition in which uric acid, a waste product in your blood, forms crystals that accumulate in your joints. 

a pile of chocolate

Previous research results have supported the health benefits of eating moderate amounts of dark chocolate. Now, two new studies reveal that specific types of chocolate may be more beneficial than we thought.

A woman stares into space, looking worried.

Anxiety disorders affect millions of Americans and can take a toll on many areas of physical and emotional health. A new study shows this emotional disorder may also affect the health of your bones.