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The 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.

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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.  

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By 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.

senior doing tai chi

Tai 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.

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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. 

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Our survival instinct is strong, so you’d think with all of the advances in medicine that our goal would be to live as long as possible.

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Actinic keratosis is a precancerous skin condition caused by sun exposure. Certain types of these lesions—which appear as small rough and scaly areas of skin—can turn into squamous cell skin cancer, so detecting and treating them early is imperative.

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According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), more than two-thirds of Medicare beneficiaries 65 and older have two or more chronic conditions. To manage these diseases, they see between 4 and 14 physicians, on average.

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If you have been putting off preparing your advance directives—especially designating a health care proxy—it’s time to make it a priority. 

A study funded in part by the National Institute on Aging set out to discover how many seniors actually need someone to make health-related decisions for them during a hospitalization. The results were surprising.