Aging

Does Aging Affect Decision Making?

Aging is associated with significant decline in cognitive functions. But does this translate into poorer decision making? Psychologists from the University of Basel and the Max Planck Institute for Human Development report that in simple decision situatio ...

Article - News Staff - Jun 3 2015 - 9:00am

Memory Loss Among Elderly Not As Prevalent As Believed

The capacity to recall specific facts deteriorates with age, but other types of memory do not, according to research conducted by Wilma Koutstaal (University of Minnesota) and Alaitz Aizpurua (UPV/EHU-University of the Basque Country), which concludes that ...

Article - News Staff - Jun 8 2015 - 10:00am

Strokes Steal 8 Years Worth Of Brain Function

Having a stroke ages a person's brain function by almost eight years, new research finds- robbing them of memory and thinking speed as measured on cognitive tests. In both black and white patients, having had a stroke meant that their score on a 27-i ...

Article - News Staff - Jun 12 2015 - 9:30am

When It Comes To Elderly Sex, Doctors Prefer Don't Ask, Don't Tell

The sex lives of older people have received a lot of attention recently. From the Netflix sitcom Grace and Frankie, which stars Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin (both in their 70s) and does not shy away from the issue of sex, to the Channel 4 series that focuse ...

Article - The Conversation - Nov 11 2018 - 9:02am

Pet Ownership Has Potential Benefits For Older Adults

A new paper discusses the current barriers which limit opportunities to own a pet among older adults, going into detail about physical and financial risks for older adult pet ownership and how it can be diminished. Medical problems that arise with older ad ...

Article - News Staff - Jun 24 2015 - 8:31am

Cloning Leads To More Longevity Than Sexual Reproduction

Starfish that reproduce through cloning avoid aging to a greater extent than those that propagate through sexual reproduction, say researchers who investigated the telomere lengths and population genetics of Coscinasterias tenuispina. The telomeres are loc ...

Article - News Staff - Jun 26 2015 - 9:30am

Dementia Sufferers Benefit From GPS

A  study of 200 dementia sufferers in Norway reveals that almost all experience greater peace of mind and increased levels of physical activity using GPS devices. The study forms part of the public sector innovation projects collectively known as "Try ...

Article - News Staff - Jul 5 2015 - 11:00am

An Anti-Aging Pill Is Still A Long Way Off

Last month a team of doctors and scientists made the case to regulators at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to consider approving anti-aging drugs as a new pharmaceutical class. Such a designation would treat aging as disease rather than a natural p ...

Article - The Conversation - Jul 29 2015 - 11:00am

Even A Little Weekly Physical Activity Goes A Long Way For Seniors

Just a little moderate to vigorous physical activity-below the recommended amount-every week still seems to curb the risk of death among the over 60s, suggests a recent analysis. ...

Article - News Staff - Aug 10 2015 - 7:32am

Eating Away At Cognitive Decline

While cognitive abilities naturally diminish as part of the normal aging process, it may be possible to take a bite out of this expected decline. Eating a group of specific foods known as the MIND diet may slow cognitive decline among aging adults, even w ...

Article - News Staff - Aug 7 2015 - 7:30am