The recent wildfires in northern California caused dozens of deaths, with most being those over age 65. Diminution of mobility and hearing acuity, for example, make older folks more vulnerable during natural disasters such as fast-moving fires, floods and earthquakes.
New research published in the journal Nature Biomedical Engineering shows that molecular and physical changes in skin cells can be used to calculate a "cellular age" that may be used as a proxy for healthspan.
Death rates for Alzheimer's Disease have risen 55% between 1999 and 2014. That's according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s latest Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Here are the reasons why this is occurring, and the trend's implications.
The prevalence of dementia in the United States significantly declined from 11.6 percent in 2000 to 8.8 percent in 2012. The consequence of this impacts retirement, families, the health care system, life expectancy, morbidity and mortality, pensions, housing, transportation and countless societal realms.
Dehydration can be dangerous for the elderly, since their thirst mechanisms and kidneys may not be as well tuned in to the body's status as compared to those of younger people. But the current urine tests don't accurately reflect what's happening in the body, according to a recent study.
While we often pooh-pooh the claims of marketers for the efficacy of dietary supplements, we're not blind to the possibilities. One supplement that has been studied in transgenic growth hormone (or TGM) mice may hold promise for treating or staving off neuro-degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's. More work is needed, of course.
A recent study reveals that mitochondria, which have recently gained recognition for their essential role in longevity and health, are essential for cell aging and this is the first research to conclusively prove it.
In yesterday s New York Times Well Column, Jane E. Brody discusses memory and cognitive aging solutions and the science (or lack thereof) behind them. There are a variety of these remedies and devices currently on the
An encomium to Dr. Bruce Ames, overdue and well-deserved, in TheScientist. Dr. Ames is best known for inventing and modifying the Ames Test for mutagenicity, utilized as an indicator of a chemical s propensity for causing cancer.
About 7 million Americans have Alzheimer s disease today, burdening families with not only the added role of providing care
There has been confusion about the impact of obesity on health as people age, with some data even suggesting that obese folks might have an advantage in terms of longevity. Perhaps more important, however, might be the impact of obesity on older folks quality of life.
Although we ve frequently been warned that our aging population will doom us to an epidemic of dementia in older folks, a new review in the current New England Journal of Medicine provides some hope that this may not be the case.