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Aging, Longevity Archives 2011

Alzheimer's, Dementia & Mental Health

Sea Snails Play Key Role in Strategy to Improve Memory Damaged by Aging

This snail has contributed to the understanding of learning and memory

Dec. 27, 2011 – Neuroscientists at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston are encouraged from test using sea snails that their innovative learning strategy to help improve the brain’s memory may someday help people who suffer impairments from aging, stroke, traumatic brain injury or congenital cognitive impairments. Read more...

Aging News & Information

Elderly Think as Fast as Young in Some Brain Tasks, Finds New Study

‘Many people think that it is just natural for older people’s brains to slow down as they age, but we’re finding that isn’t always true’

Dec. 27, 2011 - Both children and the elderly have slower response times when they have to make quick decisions in some settings. New research, however, suggests that much of that slower response is a conscious choice to emphasize accuracy over speed. Read more...

Marriage Continues Decline Since 1960: Pew

12/15/11 - The share of Americans ages 18 and older who are currently married has been declining for many decades, reaching a record low 51% in 2010... In 1960, 72% of adults were currently married and 15% were never married.

The share of adults who were currently married dropped to 51%, and the never married group increased to 28% in 2010. The proportion divorced or separated, 14% in 2010, is higher than it was in 1960... Widows and widowers made up the remaining 6% of adults in 2010.

...Only 9% of adults ages 18-24 were married in 2010, compared with 45% in 1960. ..Although most Americans in their mid-30s onward are married, the proportions have declined notably since 1960 - Red complete report by Pew Research Center

Socially Active Older Adults Have Slower Rates of Mental, Physical Decline

Engaged elderly may be more motivated to maintain their health, have better health information

By Sharyn Alden, Contributing Writer, Health Behavior News Service

Dec. 9, 2011 - Staying connected to other people through a wide variety of social activities can yield important health consequences as you age. That’s the message from a new study that found that older adults who maintain high levels of social activity or ramp up their social life as they age might be protected from increases in physical and cognitive issues over time. Read more...

Senior Citizen Longevity & Statistics

Senior Citizens Now Largest Age Group in U.S.; Growing Faster Than Total Population

2010 census brief finds men gaining on women, 53,364 centenarians, 1.3 million in nursing homes, South had most elderly, Northeast had largest percentage

Dec. 1, 2011 – Senior citizens – that includes people 65 and older – are now at the top of the heap in U.S. Census numbers. The senior age group is now, for the first time, the largest in terms of size and percent of the population in the U.S. This age group grew at a faster rate than the total population between 2000 and 2010, according to a 2010 Census brief released yesterday. Read more...

Senior Citizen Longevity & Statistics

Is 90 the new 85? Census Bureau Report Describes Oldest Americans

Report 90+ in the United States: 2006–2008 describes this rapidly growing population which suggests the designation of oldest-old should be changed from 85 to 90 years

Nov. 17, 2011 - In 1980, there were 720,000 people aged 90 and older in the United States. In 2010, there were 1.9 million people aged 90 and older; by 2050, the ranks of people 90 and older may reach 9 million, according to a report from the U.S. Census Bureau, commissioned by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Health. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

‘Death Is Always Cheaper’ – Capsules: The KHN Blog

Sapien artificial heart valve approved by FDA for use in old, frail patients to gain another year

By Christopher Weaver

Nov. 14, 2011 - Conventional health care wisdom says that a less invasive procedure will be less expensive: Fewer days in the hospital and an easier recovery should reduce costs, right? Well, it’s complicated. A new heart valve device and procedure approved by the FDA last week costs less than the standard treatment, but it can’t replace that procedure. Instead, it will allow an estimated 20,000 more patients - who would otherwise be inoperable due to frailty - to get the new valve. Read more...

Aging News & Information

Senior Citizens Lose Ability to Distinguish Between Odors: Can Be Dangerous

Smells blending together pose hazards from poor nutrition, dangerous chemicals, researchers find

Nov. 10, 2011 – Most senior citizens are aware that their sense of smell is not as good as it once was. A new study finds older people – beginning at about age 60 – have difficulty in distinguishing specific smells. It is not a laughing matter, however. The researchers say it puts senior citizens a greater risk from dangerous chemicals and poor nutrition. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Mayo Study Discovers Tactic to Attack Deadbeat Cells, Delay Age-Related Disorders

Potential for fundamental change in way we provide treatment for chronic diseases in older people

Nov. 2, 2011 – As we age, we accumulate cells that Mayo Clinic researchers call “deadbeat” cells. In a new study they show that by eliminating these worthless cells we can prevent or at least delay age-related disorders and disabilities. At least in mice models, they say these cells contribute to aging. Read more...

Aging News & Information

The New Old Age – Senior Citizens Healthier, Perkier Than 30 Years Ago

Elderly cope better with everyday life: number needing help with personal care has fallen from 25% to 12%; only 4% need help taking a bath

Nov. 1, 2011 - Old people today have more sex, are more likely to be divorced, are cleverer and feel better, according to a long-term research project comparing what it is like to be old today with 30 years ago. "It's time to start talking about the 'new old age'," says Swedish researcher Ingmar Skoog. Read more...

Senior Citizen Longevity & Statistics

United Nations Says World Hits 7 Billion Population; Urges Action

Expected to grow to 9 billion by the middle of this century, or sooner - see population charts below news report

Oct. 31, 2011 - Top United Nations officials today marked the global population reaching 7 billion with a call to action to world leaders to meet the challenges that a growing population poses, from ensuring adequate food and clean water to guaranteeing equal access to security and justice. Read more, see charts...

Sex and Romance for Senior Citizens

Older Men With Higher Testosterone Levels Lose Less Muscle, Strength As They Age

Testosterone may help senior men preserve muscle and delay frailty; men lose more muscle and strength than women as they age

Oct. 27, 2011 - A recent study of men 65 and older finds elderly men with higher levels of testosterone lost less lean muscle mass, especially if they were losing weight. In these men, higher testosterone levels were also resulted in less loss of lower body strength. Loss of muscle mass and strength contribute to frailty and are associated with falls, mobility limitations and fractures. Read more...

Aging News & Information

Age Alone is Not Best Assessment of How Well Senior Citizens Tolerate Treatments

Older patients with acute leukemia do not tolerate and benefit from standard, aggressive therapies as much as younger patients, but it matters what kind of 70-year-old you are

Oct. 26, 2011 - In geriatric medicine, the adage that age is just a number holds true. New research from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center uses a simple assessment tool to determine how well senior citizens diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) can handle treatment. Read more...

High to Moderate Stress Linked to Higher Death Rates for Older Men

Being married and having a glass of wine every night is the secret to less stress and a longer life for men - watch video

Oct. 20, 2011 - Men who experience persistently moderate or high levels of stressful life events over a number of years have a 50 percent higher mortality rate. The only protective factors, according to the new study of older men, are marriage, moderate drinking and believing you are in good health. Read more, see video...

Signs of Aging Linked to Blocked Brain Blood Vessels Undetected by Current Technology

Shaky hands, stooped posture, slow walking - ‘We shouldn’t accept this as normal aging. We should try to fix it and understand it’

Sept. 19, 2011 - Many common signs of aging, such as hands that shake, stooped posture and walking slower, may be due to tiny blocked vessels in the brain that can’t be detected by current technology, according to a study in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Elderly 80+ Do As Well As Younger Patients After Open Skull Surgery for Hematoma

80-year-olds may be just as likely to return to their previous health state after surgery as those younger - with a little more rehab

Sept. 6, 2011 – Despite a popular belief that craniotomy – surgery requiring removal of part of the skull – should not be used on patients older than age 80, a new study finds these elderly patients can, with a bit more rehabilitation and hospitalization, fare as well as younger ones treated for removal of a hematoma following a head injury. Read more...

Aging News & Information

Menopause Does Not Increase Heart Deaths; Aging Alone is Culprit for Men and Women

John Hopkins study says older women and men have about same death rates from heart disease; each generation has better longevity

Sept. 6, 2011 – John Hopkins researchers challenge long-held beliefs about cardiovascular death risks in men and women with findings that menopause does not increase death rates for women and that older men and women have about the same rates of mortality risk from heart disease starting after age 45. Read more...

Aging News & Information

Aging Eyes with Yellowing Lens Linked to Sleepless Nights for Senior Citizens

Cataract could be factor in frequent insomnia among elderly; sleep quality has improved after cataract surgery

Sept. 1, 2011 - A natural age-related yellowing of the eye lens that absorbs blue light has been linked to sleep disorders in a group of test volunteers, according to a study in the September 1 issue of the journal Sleep. As this type of lens discoloration worsened with age, so did the risk of insomnia. Read more..

Scientists Explain Why Senior Citizens Lose Energy; Hope to Slow Aging Process

Discovered major declines in enzyme known as the Lon protease, as human cells grow older and body fights oxidative damage

Aug. 31, 2011 – What senior citizen has not wondered why their energy declines as they age? In a new study, scientists think they may have found the answer to why humans lose energy with age and hope this will point the way to new diets or pharmaceuticals to slow the aging process. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Older Men at High Risk of High Blood Pressure If Not Getting Ample Deep Sleep

Reduced level of dreamless, deep sleep is powerful predictor of hypertension; as important to health as diet and exercise

Aug. 29, 2011 – Older men with low levels of slow wave sleep (SWS) - one of the deeper stages of sleep – are at high risk of developing high blood pressure, according to new research in Hypertension: Journal of the American Heart Association. Average age of the men in the study was 75. Read more...

Aging News & Information

Faster Young Brains Fail to Beat Older Adults With Wiser Brains

Older brain has experience and knows that nothing is gained by jumping the gun

Aug. 25, 2011 - In a matched test, the brains of older people were not as fast as those in a group of younger people, but they performed just as well because their brains are wiser, say Canadian researchers. Read more...

Explosion of Older Drivers Pressures Eye Care Professionals to Make Tough Calls

Few eye care providers consider themselves the most-qualified to identify unsafe drivers, few report unsafe drivers

Aug. 23, 2011 – With baby boomers pouring into the senior citizen ranks, and the oldest Americans living longer and healthier lives, the drivers over age 65 is the fastest growing segment of drivers. This explosion of older drivers is challenging the ophthalmologists and optometrists, who are the deciders when it comes to determining the visual abilities for driving of America’s oldest drivers. Read more...

Senior Citizen Longevity & Statistics

Longer Life Possible By Practicing One or More Healthy Lifestyle Behaviors, CDC Finds

Four keys to longevity - not smoking, eating well, regular exercise, limiting alcohol

Aug. 23, 2011 – It’s not a miracle cure for aging but a new study by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention pretty much nails down what aging studies have been finding for some time – if you want to live longer don’t smoke, eat healthy, exercise and drink alcohol moderately. If you do them all it makes a gigantic difference. Read more...

Compound SRT1720 Improves Health, Increases Lifespan of Obese Mice

Mice given the highest doses saw mean lifespan increase by 44 percent; improved heart, pancreas, liver function

Aug. 19, 2011 - Obese male mice were given a synthetic compound called SRT1720 and their lives become healthier and, more importantly, they lived longer than obese mice that did not get the magical compound. Researchers say the treated mice experienced improvements in the function of the liver, pancreas and heart. Read more...

Older Women with Sleep-Disordered Breathing at Risk of Cognitive Decline, Dementia

Findings suggest potential role for supplemental oxygen for sleep-disordered breathing in elderly

Aug. 9, 2011 - Older women with sleep-disordered breathing, as indicated by measures of oxygen deficiency (hypoxia), were more likely to develop cognitive impairment or dementia than women without this disorder, according to a study in the August 10 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). This is a common condition among senior citizens, affecting up to 60 percent. Read more...

New Twist on Becoming a Centenarian: It’s All in the Genes Says New Study

Einstein researchers find Centenarians just as likely as the others to smoke, drink and pack on pounds

Aug. 3, 2011 - People who live to 95 or older are no more virtuous than the rest of us in terms of their diet, exercise routine or smoking and drinking habits, according to researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, Bronx, N.Y. Read more, see video...

Alzheimer's, Dementia & Mental Health

Yale Researchers Reveal How Seniors Lose Memory and How to Get It Back

Clinical trial testing guanfacine's (hypertension medicine) ability to improve working memory in elderly set to begin - see video

July 27, 2011 - Yale University researchers can't tell you where you left your car keys- but they can tell you why you can't find them. The neural networks in the brains of the middle-aged and elderly have weaker connections and fire less robustly than in youthful ones, Intriguingly, the research published July 27 in the journal Nature suggests that this condition is reversible. Read more, see video...

Aging News & Information

Senior Citizens Really Can’t See the Forest for the Trees, Study Finds

Changes in attention and visual perception are correlated with aging

July 25 2011 – When looking at a picture of many trees, young people will tend to say: "This is a forest". The older we get, however, the more likely we are to notice a single tree before seeing the forest. This suggests that the speed at which the brain processes the bigger picture is slower in older people. Read more...

Alzheimer's, Dementia & Mental Health

Knocking a Hole in ‘Senior Moment’ – Study Says We Control Forgetfulness

Freud was correct: in the same way we control our motor impulses, we can control our memory

July 6, 2011 - Have you heard the saying “You only remember what you want to remember”? Well, maybe it was not just a senior citizen making an excuse for a lost fact. Now there is evidence that it may well be correct. Research from Lund University in Sweden shows that we can train ourselves to forget things. Read more...

Aging News & Information

Why Does Hair Turn Gray? Communications Problem Between Hair Follicle and Stem Cells

Findings also offer insight into human tissue regeneration

June 14, 2011 – Recent research may hold the answer to a question that has perplexed millions of senior citizens: why does hair turn gray? The new study has shows that Wnt signaling - already known to control many biological processes in human development - between hair follicles and melanocyte stem cells can dictate hair pigmentation. Read more....

Sex and Romance for Senior Citizens

Older Age Does Not Cause Testosterone Levels To Decline In Healthy Men

Second study finds older men more likely to lose the ability to orgasm due to gabapentin

June 14, 2011 - A decline in testosterone levels as men grow older is likely the result - not the cause - of deteriorating general health, say Australian scientists, whose new study finds that age, in itself, has no effect on testosterone level in healthy older men. Read more...

Aging News & Information

Senior Citizens with Sleep Problems May Have Suffered Emotional Abuse in Childhood

Research points specifically to emotional abuse, rather than physical abuse or emotional neglect

June 8, 2011 - Many senior citizens who suffer through sleepless nights in old age may find the root of their problem goes back to a very early age – when they were emotionally abused by their parents. Read more...

Features for Senior Citizens

Older Baby Boomers Win National Driving Test; Senior Citizens Not Included in Testing

GMAC Insurance study finds about 1 in 5 unfit for road; Kansas drivers most knowledgeable, men best women

June 3, 2011 – Senior citizens could have won this one – the crown as the smartest drivers on the American roads – but they excluded people age 65 and older from the competition, giving the crown to the baby boomers that are just about to become seniors. These boomers, ages 60-65, repeated as the age group with the highest average score in the 2011 GMAC Insurance National Drivers Test. Read more...

Senior Citizen Longevity & Statistics

Nation’s Population Aging as Senior Citizen Ranks Boom with Boomers; Males Increasing

Number of seniors (65 and older), pushed by baby boomers, jumped - 15.1% to 40.3 million, or 13.% of total population; Northeast the oldest

May 27, 2011 - As expected, the latest U.S. Census Bureau brief on data from the 2010 Census shows senior citizens are increasing faster than younger people, making the nation’s median age older. A little bit surprising is the news released yesterday that also shows a shift in the sex composition with the male population growing faster than the female population over the last decade. Read more...

Features for Senior Citizens

Senior Citizens Lead the Way as More Americans Turn to Prayer for Better Health

Seniors lag in percentage increase in prayer over years – they were already there!

May 23, 2011 – Praying for better health dramatically increased among American adults over the past three decades, rising 36 percent between 1999 and 2007, according to a study published by the American Psychological Association. The study focused on new data comparing 2002 to 2007 that found senior citizens are by far more likely to turn to prayer in coping with health issues than younger people. Read more...

Alzheimer's, Dementia & Mental Health

Drug Stopping Degradation of Pathways to Brain’s Hippocampus May Delay Alzheimer’s

Study shows the memory of aging senior citizens fails to record new information; meshes with the old

May 13, 2011 - It's something many seniors just accept: that the older we get, the more difficulty we have remembering things. We can be introduced to new friends at a party and will have forgotten their names before the handshakes are over. We shrug and nervously reassure ourselves that our brains' "hard drives" are just too full to handle the barrage of new information that comes in daily. Read more...

Senior Citizen Longevity & Statistics

Senior Citizens See More Time Added to Life Expectancy in New CDC Report

Life expectancy at birth in 2009 Jumps to 78.2 years, death rates in US hit all time low

March 17, 2011 - Life expectancy for the average 65-year-old senior citizen has increased by one-tenth of a percent. This senior male has 17.3 years left but not as much as the female, who has 20 more years, according to preliminary 2009 death statistics released yesterday by CDC's National Center for Health Statistics. Read more...see chart

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Senior Women Who Survive Breast Cancer Have a Greater Risk of Falling

Cancer therapies may affect balance, says new study in Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

March 10, 2011 – Researchers have found that women who are senior citizens and survived breast cancer appear to fall more often than their peers. They note that the combined effects of chemotherapy and endocrine therapy may increase the risk of bone fractures in breast cancer survivors. Read more...

Aging News & Information

Senior Citizens Most Involved with Social Activity Least Likely to Become Disabled

Seniors reporting a high level of social activity about twice as likely to remain free of a disability involving activities of daily living

Feb. 17, 2011 - Afraid of becoming disabled in old age, not being able to dress yourself, or walk up and down the stairs? Staying physically active before symptoms set-in could help. But so could going out to eat, playing bingo and taking overnight trips, according to a new study of senior citizens with an average age of 82. Read more...

Researchers Add Colon Cancer to List of Physical Problems Possible from Lack of Sleep

Inadequate sleep previously associated with higher risks of obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and death

Feb. 8, 2011 - A new study finds individuals who averaged less than six hours of sleep at night had an almost 50 percent increase in the risk of colorectal adenomas - a precursor to cancer tumors - compared with those sleeping at least seven hours per night. Untreated adenomas colon polyps can become malignant. Read more...

Senior Citizen Longevity & Statistics

How You Live Life More Critical to Longevity Than Genetics, Finds New Swedish Study

Long running study of elderly men finds longevity traits established before 60s

Feb. 7, 2011 - How long your parents lived does not affect how long you will live. Instead it is how you live your life that determines how old you will get, says research from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. This conclusion conflicts with a study released last July that claims to predict exceptional longevity from genetic variants, but is in line with ideas expressed by some who study centenarians. Read more...

Senior Citizens Do Not Adapt as Fast as Young People to Unexpected Events, Study Finds

Seniors less able to overcome habitual responses, slower in learning to adapt, didn't improve as much when asked to vary their learned routine

Jan. 18, 2011 – Does experience give seniors an edge in reacting to sudden change or are younger people quicker to respond? A new study from Concordia University, Montreal, shows that when a routine task is interrupted by an unexpected event, younger adults are faster at responding. Read more...

Senior Citizen Longevity & Statistics

How Fast Senior Citizens Walk Found to be Good Predictor of How Long They Will Live

Large study of older Americans says prediction most accurate for those 75 and older; works for men and women - watch video

Jan. 5, 2011 – How fast senior citizens walk appears to be a better gage of how long they will live than trying to do a more complicated analysis using age, sex, chronic conditions, smoking history, blood pressure, body mass index, and hospitalization. This study of senior citizens found walking gait is especially accurate for predicting remaining life for those age 75 and older. Read more...Watch Video...

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