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senior volunteering
P eople who volunteer their time to help others often do so because it makes them feel good. After retirement, it can also be a way to stay active, be social, and pass the time. Popular activities include tutoring young students, helping out at places of worship, and serving as a hospital volunteer. Now scientists have found that volunteering can actually make you healthier. Researchers from the...
senior couple sleeping
A new study may help explain why some seniors have trouble sleeping. According to a team of researchers from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and the University of Toronto, seniors in their 70s sleep about one hour less each night than people in their 20s. Some have problems falling asleep, staying asleep, or waking too early. In seniors with dementia-related illnesses, sleep...
baked salmon
How much fish do you have to eat to reap health benefits? The answer to that question varies from expert to expert. The American Heart Association, for example, recommends two servings (3.5 oz, or about the size of a deck of cards) of omega-3 fatty acid-rich fish each week to keep your heart healthy. The Food and Drug Administration, on the other hand, recommends that people consume about 12 oz...
senior in grocery store
A new study has shed some light on why many seniors don’t eat as well as they should. Researchers from the University of North Carolina Department of Emergency Medicine found that greater than 60% of adults ages 65 and over who seek emergency room care are malnourished or at a significant risk of malnutrition. Malnutrition is defined as a lack of proper nutrients for the body to maintain...
air
T he age on your driver’s license may not necessarily reflect the age of your body. Some people who are 80 years old look 80, while some look 65. Scientists think they know one reason why. Certain chemicals in the environment seem to accelerate the biological age of your cells. These substances include tobacco smoke, UV radiation, and benzene-containing compounds such as automotive exhaust...
Easter Island
A drug discovered 50 years ago is being studied in humans for its so-called “fountain of youth” attributes. Called rapamycin, it is used as an antibiotic and an immunosuppressant—mostly for people who have had organ transplants. It was first discovered in the soil at Easter Island in the South Pacific. Research results show that mice who were fed rapamycin were more physically...
memory loss in senior
B y 2050, about 16 million people in the U.S. will have Alzheimer’s disease, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. That’s a substantial increase from the estimated 5 million who have it today. Today, doctors have a challenge figuring out who has the disease and who is merely showing signs of normal age-related memory loss. There is no definitive diagnostic test for Alzheimer...
senior doing tai chi
T ai chi is an ancient Chinese martial art. It is considered a mind-body practice in which you slowly move your body while breathing deeply. As a particularly senior-friendly activity, it has been shown to increase muscle strength and flexibility, ease joint pain and stiffness, improve sleep, and decrease the risk of falls by improving balance. People who regularly take tai chi also report being...
human arteries graphic
Researchers have discovered an antioxidant that might reverse the signs of aging in arteries. Antioxidants work by combatting oxidative stress—a process that leads to damaged cells and tissues throughout the body. Oxidative stress occurs throughout life, but the body becomes less able to repair itself as it ages. Arteries show their age in the endothelium—a layer of cells that serves...