Aging Archive – Scientists from UCSF are reporting several studies showing that psychological stress leads to shorter telomeres – the protective caps on the ends of chromosomes that are a measure of cell age and, thus, health. The findings also suggest that exercise may prevent telomere shortening. The NIMH-funded team focused on three groups: post-menopausal women […]

A spot of regular retail shopping therapy really does seem to help people live longer, suggests research published online in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. And it seems to benefit older men the most, the findings show. The authors base their findings on almost 1,850 elderly (65+) Taiwanese people who were living independently […] – Getting older doesn’t mean giving up muscle strength. Not only can aging adults fight the battle of strength and muscle loss that comes with age, but the Golden Years can be a time to get stronger, say experts at the University of Michigan Health System. “Resistance exercise is a great way to increase […] – For obese seniors, dieting and exercise together are more effective at improving physical performance and reducing frailty than either alone. The research, by a team at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, was reported March 31, 2011 in The New England Journal of Medicine. Older adults who are obese face severe […] – Poor diet during pregnancy increases offspring’s vulnerability to diabetes and the effects of aging, new research has shown for the first time. The research, by scientists from the University of Cambridge, provides important insight into why children born to mothers who consumed an unhealthy diet during pregnancy have an increased risk of type […]

A recent study of elderly in Germany has found a minimum 30 percent decreased risk of dementia in those over 75 years of age who practice light-to-moderate alcohol consumption, regardless of type of alcoholic beverage consumed. 3202 German elderly individuals (75 years and older), who were free of dementia were studied at baseline, were followed […]