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Aging & Longevity

Aid-in-Dying Bill to become law in California

Gov. Jerry Brown says it is what he would want; terminally ill can buy lethal medication

Oct. 5, 2015 - California Gov. Jerry Brown says it all came down to what he would want in the face of his own death, when he signed landmark legislation today to allow terminally ill patients to obtain lethal medication to end their lives.

Aging & Longevity

Do you know that person or is aging memory just confusing you?

Research assistant Jeremy Johnson feeds a rat on the behavioral track. (Johns Hopkins University)Scientists have identified part of hippocampus that creates, processes this type of memory

Aug. 20, 2015 - You see a person at the store. They look familiar. Is this an old classmate or do they just look alike? Or is your aging brain just confusing you. One tiny spot in the hippocampus of the brain has the answer, scientists have discovered.

Aging & Longevity

Is longevity linked to intelligence – shorter life may surprise many

First research to seek answer confirms some smart people live longer but it’s mostly genetic

Einstein's BrainAug. 3, 2015 – We probably know a lot of people who are going to a die a lot early than they think, if new research is accurate. There is a recognized tendency for more intelligent people to live longer, but it may not be because they are smarter.

Aging & Longevity

Senior citizens can follow five easy steps to avoid heart failure

These simple lifestyle factors cut risk of heart failure after age 65

June 14, 2015 – Senior citizens – people age 65 and older – can follow five simple healthy behaviors and their risk of heart failure will be cut in half, says a large, multi-year study. More...

Aging & Longevity

Have they found a path to longevity without severe fasting

Study with mice and humans indicates severe fasting may not be only answer

June 14, 2015 – Success in extending the lifespan of mice with a calorie-restricted diet for only eight days a month led scientist to try it with a small group of people… and it appears to have worked. More...

Aging & Longevity

Tablets can help senior citizens cross the 'digital divide'

They make it easier for older people to get online, breaking down barriers that kept them from getting connected

June 9, 2015 - Too often, senior citizens are introduced to the digital world through a computer or tiny hand-held phone. And, too often, they find the challenge too much for their resolve. There is an easier way, according to new research, and it’s called a tablet. More...

Aging & Longevity

Seniors who have trouble sorting out different smells face shorter lives

This is not first study to find smell as factor in longevity.

Jayant Pinto, M.D., lead author of the study last year is shown with one of the Sniffin' Sticks used to test a patient's ability to identify scents. June 3, 2015 – A new study supports earlier findings that when older people have trouble distinguishing between odors they appear to have a shorter life span. The latest study of people on Medicare found a high death rate for those with the worse smell test scores, which was the same finding of a study released last October. More...

Aging & Longevity

Oldest old less likely to be aggressively examined or treated after surgery

This is despite higher rates of multiple underlying conditions on admission

May 26, 2015 - Patients aged 80 and above are significantly less likely to be carefully examined or aggressively treated after surgery than their younger counterparts, reveals a national audit of hospital deaths in Australia, published in the online journal BMJ Open. More...

Aging & Longevity

‘Elder Orphans’ emerges to identify childless, unmarried, vulnerable baby boomers

22 percent of Americans over age 65 currently or at risk to remain unsupported, vulnerable while elderly, says new research

May 20,2015, Great Neck, NY - With an aging Baby Boomer population and increasing numbers of childless and unmarried seniors, nearly one-quarter of Americans over age 65 are currently or at risk to become "elder orphans," a vulnerable group requiring greater awareness and advocacy efforts, according to new research by a North Shore-LIJ geriatrician and palliative care physician. More...

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Longevity facts revealed in 50 year study of men who made it to 100

Among interesting discovers: longevity more closely related to mother’s than father’s; 20% had dementia; cardiovascular disease big killer

May 5, 2015 – A 50-year study of men born in 1913 has found that only 10 of 855 (1.2%) lived to become centenarians – 100 years of age. The study provides interesting insight after the age of 80 as to the causes of death and the numbers with dementia. The researchers also have some ideas on what it takes to reach the age of 100. More...

Aging & Longevity

Senior citizens need to understand Cognitive Aging – not Alzheimer’s or dementia

New free report from Institute of Health is a good source for understanding the mental challenges of aging

By Tucker Sutherland, editor-publisher,

April 23, 2015 –As one who for years nursed a mother as she faded into the abyss of Alzheimer’s and has written extensively on senior citizen topics, I am stunned at how little we know about “cognitive aging.” Still, AD and memory problems come up almost every time two or more senior citizens get together. A new book that is available free from the Institute of Medicine has already made me a whole lot better informed on cognitive aging and I hope it gets wide distribution. More...

Aging & Longevity

Senior citizens jubilant after a good house cleaning, so the research shows

Keeping their homes maintained more important physically, mentally than where they live, what they own

April 16, 2015 - Senior citizens who keep a clean and orderly home tend to feel emotionally and physically better after tackling house chores. The reason for this jubilance is the exercise it takes to get the job done, according to new findings by a Case Western Reserve University school of nursing researcher. More...

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Donna Anderson before plastic surgery on faceCan aging face become more likeable, feminine with plastic surgery?

Study in Journal of American Medical Association says there is more to the surgery than looking younger

April 9, 2015 – Senior citizens usually think of facial plastic surgery as a way to look younger. A new study – the first to examine perceptions after plastic surgery – has found it does more than make you look youthful. It concludes that women who have certain procedures are perceived as having greater social skills and are more likeable, attractive and feminine. More...

Aging & Longevity

Chronically lonely seniors likely to turn to physicians for social contact

More doctors' office visits by older adults suffering chronic loneliness

April 3, 2015 - Experiences of loneliness and social isolation can lead to increased health care use among seniors, finds new research from the University of Georgia College of Public Health. More...


Aging News from other media

Great-grandma skydives and swims with sharks for 100th birthday

March 16, 2015 - Georgina Harwood celebrated her 100th year in style Saturday by skydiving in Cape Town, South Africa. Her friends and family joined her, watching safely from the ground. You might say she's the coolest 100-year-old person that has ever lived, considering she started skydiving at age 92. Read more, see video - Mashable

Aging News from other media

Seven financial scams that target seniors

March 6, 2015 - As many senior citizens spend their retirement traveling with family, pursuing second careers or becoming more active in the community, con artists are creating devious schemes to prey on their accumulated wealth. Fox Business

Aging & Longevity

Aging in Place sounds great but may not be for Boomers or their parents

There is a lot more going on at the group home to support successful aging

Feb. 25, 2015 - Baby boomers trying to pick the best living arrangements for themselves or their parents as they age should be wary of a phrase they coined in their younger years: If it feels good, do it. More...

Aging & Longevity

When one half of elderly couple stops driving it impacts both

Having a spouse who still drives does not remove the consequences of driving cessation for senior citizens

Feb. 24, 2015 – Even if just one member of a senior couple stops driving, negative consequences result for both the driver and non-driver, according to a new study from the University of Missouri. It recommends that the elderly, and their adult children, carefully discuss and plan for the transition to driving cessation. More...

Aging News – Other Media

At 90, She's Designing Tech for Aging Boomers

Jan. 20, 2015 - In Silicon Valley's youth-obsessed culture, 40-year-olds get plastic surgery to fit in. But IDEO, the firm that famously developed the first mouse for Apple, has a 90-year-old designer on staff. Barbara Beskind says her age is an advantage. "Everybody who ages is going to be their own problem-solver," she says. And designers are problem-solvers. More at NPR

Aging & Longevity

What is successful aging? Gerontologists still trying to reach agreement

Is the bottom line of ‘successful aging’ for many elderly Americans simply surviving with reasonable cognition and some mobility, or is it much broader

Feb. 16, 2015 – The debate over defining “successful aging” is raging again among the professionals in the field of gerontology. Despite books, years of research and numerous analytical articles in the past, there are 16 articles in the latest issue of The Gerontologist. One suggests those in the U.S. define it in more multidimensional terms than do most scholars. More...

Aging & Longevity

Love is in the air and here is proof you are never too old to fall in love

Residents at retirement communities around the country find love in their golden years

Feb. 12, 2015 - As Valentine’s Day approaches, seniors across the country who have lost their sweethearts are finding love again - but this time, it is with fellow residents in senior living communities, according to Holiday Retirement, that operates homes for senior citizens. More...

Aging & Longevity

Is surgery a viable option for patients age 80 plus with acute spinal conditions?

Study found no difference in complications, mortality when compared to younger patients

Feb. 5, 2015 - As the number of Americans age 80 and older continues to rise, so does the percentage of patients with acute spinal conditions. A new srudy found significant benefit from surgical treatment for lumbar spinal stenosis with and without degenerative spondylolisthesis and no higher overall complication rate and no higher mortality for patients age 80 and older when compared to patients younger than age 80. More

Aging & Longevity

Being senior citizen does not add complications to breast reconstruction

But problems with blood clots may be more common in older women, study suggests

Feb. 2, 2015 - Older women don't have an increased overall risk of complications from breast reconstruction after mastectomy, reports the February issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, official journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. More...

Aging & Longevity

Senior citizens often keep falls a secret, even from their doctor

Older patients do not want children others to worry about them, especially if injury not serious

Jan. 26, 2015 - Maintaining an independent lifestyle is so important for some senior citizens as they age that they keep it a secret that they’ve experienced a fall. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that millions of adults 65 and older suffer from falls each year. Fewer than half tell their physician. More...

Aging & Longevity

Older couples influence each other to make positive health changes

Study says they help to change behavior in smoking, exercise, weight loss

Jan. 20, 2015 – A study of older couples finds both men and women are more likely to quit smoking, become physically active and lose weight if their partner joins them in the new healthy behavior. And, the difference is significant - 66 percent of senior women take up physical exercise if her husband does and only 24 percent if he does not. More...

Aging News – Other Media

At 90, She's Designing Tech for Aging Boomers

Jan. 20, 2015 - In Silicon Valley's youth-obsessed culture, 40-year-olds get plastic surgery to fit in. But IDEO, the firm that famously developed the first mouse for Apple, has a 90-year-old designer on staff. Barbara Beskind says her age is an advantage. "Everybody who ages is going to be their own problem-solver," she says. And designers are problem-solvers. More at NPR

Aging & Longevity

Despite efforts to keep senior citizens from falling, it seems to be more common

Study finds those who have fallen in last two years is more prevalent than in 1998

Jan. 19, 2015 – Falling is bad news for senior citizens - it is the most frequent cause of injury in older adults in the U.S. and leads to substantial disability and mortality. The really bad news is that despite increased cautions to seniors about these dangers the number of people 65 and older that are falling is increasing. More...

Health and Medicine for Seniors

Most optimistic older adults have the healthiest hearts

People up through age 84 with most positive attitudes twice as likely to have best cardiovascular health

Jan. 9, 2015 - Older people with a positive, upbeat attitude also have significantly better cardiovascular health. And, as the positive attitude scores climbed, so did the health scores in this study that included seniors up to age 85. Those with most optimism were twice is likely to enjoy a healthy heart. More...

Aging & Longevity

Life Expectancy Unchanged, Long-Term Trend Still Favorable

Stroke moves down list of death causes, unintentional injuries moves up;

Jan. 2, 2015 – Happy New Year! If you are age 65, and pretty much average, you should expect to live another 19.3 years, according to new life expectancy projections. Although, it is a little worrisome that these new forecasts by the National Vital Statistics System, based on data through the end of 2013, did not change from 2012. Still, the researchers say the long-term trends show "apparent progress" in reducing mortality. More...

Aging & Longevity

Study points to ibuprofen as possible new anti-aging medicine

Buck Institute study shows popular over-the counter drug extends lifespan in yeast, worms and flies

Dec. 20, 2014 - Ibuprofen, a common over-the-counter drug used to relieve pain and sold under the brand names of Advil, Motrin and others, could hold the keys to a longer healthier life, according to a study showing that regular doses of ibuprofen extended the lifespan of yeast, worms and fruit flies. More...

Aging & Longevity

Senior citizens have special brain spot to help with holiday shopping

Senior shoppers use additional brain area to remember competing consumer products and choose the better one

Dec. 16, 2014 – Okay, the holiday season is in full swing but you still have shopping to do. Will that old senior brain be up to the task? It will, says new research, but the senior citizen will call on an additional brain area where it will find extra brainpower to make shopping decisions - especially those that rely on memory. More...

Aging News – Other Media

Why Everything You Think About Aging May Be Wrong

As we get older, friendships, creativity and satisfaction with life can flourish

Dec. 3, 2014 - Everyone knows that as we age, our minds and bodies decline - and life inevitably becomes less satisfying and enjoyable. Everyone knows that cognitive decline is inevitable. Everyone knows that as we get older, we become less productive at work. Everyone, it seems, is wrong. Nov. 30, 2014 – By Anne Tergesen, Wall Street Journal

Aging & Longevity

Elderly couples need marriage counseling to avoid risk of broken heart

A bad marriage is more harmful to heart health than a good marriage is beneficial; women at greatest risk

Dec. 1, 2014 - Older couples in a bad marriage – particularly female spouses – have a higher risk for heart disease than those in a good marriage, finds the first nationally representative study of its kind. The findings suggest the need for marriage counseling and programs aimed at promoting marital quality and well-being for couples into their 70s and 80s, said lead investigator Hui Liu, a Michigan State University sociologist. More...

Aging & Longevity

Seniors favor tougher driving laws, even for themselves

Nearly 90% of older drivers – age 65 up - report no crashes or moving violations in last two years

Dec. 1, 2014 – Senior citizens want tougher driving laws, including everything from bans on the use of wireless devices to ignition interlocks for DUI offenders. None of this is surprising about the law-and-order age group. What may surprise many, however, is that an overwhelming majority of seniors favor greater scrutiny in the license-renewal process for themselves and their peers, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety's latest report on aging Americans. More...

Aging & Longevity

Elderly brains learn, but maybe too much

Not as good as younger people at filtering out irrelevant information

Nov. 30, 2014 - A new study led by Brown University reports that older learners retained the mental flexibility needed to learn a visual perception task but were not as good as younger people at filtering out irrelevant information. More...

Health and Medicine for Seniors

Pain Suffered by Aging Adults is Topic for New Publication

One thing that does not increase your pain - this magazine is free

By Tucker Sutherland, editor,

Nov. 19, 2014 – I have to admit I did not see this coming – a whole publication dedicated to pains suffered by senior citizens. But, when I stop and think about, I realize it is a major topic of conversation among many of my senior friends. This subject choice was made the editors of a new publication series named “From Policy to Practice” from The Gerontological Society of America (GSA). Oh, and did I mention it’s free?  More...

Aging & Longevity

Satisfaction with Life Increases with Age in English-Speaking World but Not Everywhere

Study highlights how different people across the world experience varying life-satisfaction levels and emotions as they age

Nov. 6, 2014 - In the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Ireland, Australia and New Zealand  researchers looking at life satisfaction scores found middle-age residents report the lowest levels of life satisfaction, which eventually bounces back up after age 54. This "U-shaped curve" that bottoms out between the ages of 45 and 54 was consistent in high-income, English speaking countries, but not other regions of the world. More...

Caregiver & Elder Care News

Nearly Half of Senior Citizens in America Need Help with Daily Routines

Growing need for improved community-based services and support for older Americans and their caregivers

By Milly Dawson

Nov. 4, 2014 - Nearly half of Americans age 65 and older, totaling about 18 million people, require help with routine daily activities like bathing, handling medications or meals. A new study in Milbank Quarterly reveals a growing need for improved services and support for older Americans, their spouses, their children and other "informal caregivers." More...

Aging & Longevity

Traumatic Brain Injuries to Seniors Linked to Higher Dementia Risk

Senior citizens are often warned of the risks associated with falls that are common for elderly – now add dementia to that risk

Oct. 27, 2014 – There are frequent warnings to senior citizens about the risk of falling. It has long been recognized as a high risk for serious bodily injury to aging bodies. Researchers have now found that one of the consequences of falling – traumatic brain injury (TIB) – is associated with an increased risk of dementia in adults 55 years and older, according to their report published online by JAMA Neurology. More...

Aging & Longevity

Even Seniors Improve Memory by Making Mistakes While Learning, If Guesses Close

Researcher earlier found making mistakes -as opposed to being told the answer - is best boot camp for older brains

Oct. 27, 2014 – Making mistakes while learning can benefit memory and lead to the correct answer, even for senior citizens, but only if the guesses are close-but-no-cigar, according to new research findings from Baycrest Health Sciences. More

Aging & Longevity

Life Expectancy in U.S. Continues to Reach New Highs

CDC report based on 2012 data says most young Americans can expect to live 78.8 years - women to 81.2, men to 76.4

Oct. 8, 2014 - Life expectancy at birth for the U.S. population reached a record high of 78.8 years in 2012, according to a new report from the National Vital Statistics System of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More..

Aging & Longevity

One-Third of Countries Struggling to Meet Needs of Aging Senior Populations

Norway ranked as best country for seniors, Afghanistan last and U.S.A. 8th

Oct. 4, 2014 - People around the world are living longer, but social policies to support their wellbeing in later life are lagging behind in many countries. This is according a new report by HelpAge International, developed in partnership with the University of Southampton, which ranked Norway as the best country in the world for senior citizens, Afghanistan the worst and the U.S.A. is number 8. More...

Aging & Longevity

Senior Citizens Have a Different Sense of Humor

Does our sense of humor change as we age? Or is it based on life experiences?

Oct. 2, 2014 - TV sitcoms in which characters make jokes at someone else’s expense are no laughing matter for older adults, according to a University of Akron researcher and two co-authors who examined whether young, middle-aged and older adults found clips of inappropriate social behavior to be funny.

Aging & Longevity

Older People Who Cannot Distinguish Smells Likely to Die Before Those Who Can

After first test, 39 percent who failed died within five years

Oct. 1, 2014 – Here is a smell test senior citizens don’t want to fail. Those who did the worst in this study of older people trying to identify scents died off the fastest. The researchers now say it may predict which older people are most at risk of dying.

Aging & Longevity

Japan Having Problem with Senior Citizens Refusing to Accept Being Elderly

Recent survey finds older Japanese just don't like being considered elderly, even if it means special favors

Sept. 27, 2014 – Japan has a problem with its senior citizens. They are refusing to sit in priority seating for the elderly in the public transportation system, many refuse to consider people elderly until they are 80 years old and they don’t like Respect for the Aged Day, reports The Yomiuri Shimbun. Note: Japan No. 2 in Life Expectancy, U.S. 34 - Japan is listed by the World Health Organization as the number two nation in the world in a ranking by average life expectancy - 84.6 years. The U.S. ranks 34 with at 79.8 years.

Other Media Reports

Too Many People Die in Hospital Instead of Home. Here’s Why.

Sept. 22, 2014 - Surveys show Americans would prefer not to die in a hospital. Yet, in New York City, the majority of people do. But the “why” is not simple - a variety of factors create this culture.  By Fred Mogul, WNYC

Other Media Reports

Florida's 'Gray Belt' a Glimpse at Nation's Future

Welcome to Citrus County, Florida, where more than a third of residents are senior citizens

Sept. 21, 2014 – A billboard at the county line advertises home health care services. Local churches try to create a feeling of belonging for elderly members who may be disconnected from family up north. Lawyers and accountants make house calls like doctors. Elderly residents get ferried to stores by a fleet of county minivans… Associated Press

Other Media Reports

What Happens When We All Live to 100?

Sept. 20, 2014 - If life-expectancy trends continue, that future may be near, transforming society in surprising and far-reaching ways. By Gregg Easterbrook in The Atlantic.

Other Media Reports

12 Surprising Things that Mess with Your Memory

September 20, 2014 - You regularly ransack the house to find your keys. You suddenly can't recall the name of your partner. You made your six-month dentist appointment three months late. Sound familiar? Fear not: most forgetfulness isn't always something serious – ABC News

Caregiver & Elder Care News

Complicated Grief Suffered by Senior Citizens May Be Treatable

Complicated grief is serious, debilitating mental health problem associated with functional impairment, increased suicide risk

Sept. 24, 2014 – Recent research has been pointing to grief suffered by senior citizens as often having more serious consequences that for younger people. This “complicated grief” carries serious consequences and strikes about nine percent of bereaved older women. A recent test of a treatment for CG achieved a reduction in symptoms and less disease severity.

News for Baby Boomers

Baby Boomers Featured in New PBS Television Series Starting Tuesday

Baby boomer generation (1946-1964) has significantly and uniquely changed our world

Sept. 21, 2014 – Baby boomers – many now known as senior citizens – will be featured on a new PBS series named American Masters: The Boomer List that premiers Tuesday, September 23 at 9 p.m. eastern time. The hour-and-a-half weekly shows will tell the story of this influential generation through the lives of 19 iconic boomers - one born each year of the baby boom.

Aging & Longevity

Dying in America is Harder Than It Has to Be – Institute of Medicine

First end-of-life conversation could coincide with a cherished American milestone of getting a driver's license at 16

By Jenny Gold, KHN Staff Writer

September 17, 2014 - It is time for conversations about death to become a part of life. That is one of the themes of a 500-page report, titled "Dying In America," released Tuesday by the Institute of Medicine. 

Aging & Longevity

Older Men Living with Stress Die Younger

Men may live longer if they’re able to control their attitudes about everyday hassles

Sept. 10, 2014 - Older men who lead high-stress lives, either from chronic everyday hassles or because of a series of significant life events, are likely to die earlier than the average for their peers, new research from Oregon State University shows. Taking things in stride, however, appears to offer some protection.

Aging News & Information

Age Makes Difference in Response to Grief, Seniors Take it Harder

Critical age at which losing a loved one threatens serious harm to the immune system appears to be around age 65

Sept. 9, 2014 – The balance of our stress hormones during periods of grief changes as we age, according to a new study. For example, young people have a more robust immune response to the loss of a loved one. It is, however, more likely to result in reduced immune function in elderly people, who are then likely to suffer from infections.

Aging News & Information

Aging Muscles May Be Restored by Discovery of a Key to Making Muscle

Results hailed as important step toward developing new muscle to treat muscle diseases; good news for seniors with muscles wasting away from aging

Sept. 8, 2014 – Promising results have been achieved in repairing damaged tissue in muscles which could lead to a new therapeutic approach to treating the millions of people suffering from muscle diseases, including those with muscular dystrophies and muscle wasting associated with cancer and aging seniors, according to the study, published September 7 in Nature Medicine.

Aging News & Information

War Against Aging Heats Up with Calico, AbbVie Joint Effort

Google-backed Calico to create leading R&D facility in San Francisco focused on aging, age-related diseases

Sept. 4, 2014 – There was a major announcement in the war against aging yesterday as Calico, the Google-backed life sciences company, and AbbVie, a global, research-based biopharmaceutical company, announced a collaboration to discover, develop and bring to market new therapies for patients with age-related diseases, including neurodegeneration and cancer.

Aging News & Information

Adults with Sleep Problems May See Brains Shrink, Especially Seniors Over 60

'Not yet known whether poor sleep quality is a cause or consequence of changes in brain structure'

Sept. 3, 2014 – Sleep difficulties may be linked to faster rates of decline in brain volume, particularly for those seniors over the age of 65, according to a study published in the September 3, 2014, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Exercise & Fitness for Senior Citizens

Men Who Exercise Least are Most Likely to Wake Up to Urinate

Those physically active one or more hours per week were 13% less likely to report nocturia, 34% less likely to report severe nocturia

Sept. 2, 2014 - Men who are physically active are at lower risk of nocturia (waking up at night to urinate), which is the most common and bothersome lower urinary tract symptom in men, reports a new study. Nocturia increases with age and is estimated to occur in more than 50 percent of men 45 and older.

Exercise & Fitness for Senior Citizens

Fitness Clearly a Fountain of Youth for Bone and Joint Health

Decades of research show much age-related deterioration is the result of the a sedentary lifestyles and the development of medical conditions rather than of aging itself

Aug. 28, 2014 - Being physically active may significantly improve musculoskeletal and overall health, and minimize or delay the effects of aging, according to a review of the latest research on senior athletes (ages 65 and up)

Aging News & Information

Robin Williams Death Highlights Increase in Suicide Among Middle-aged Men

Suicide rates in middle-aged are higher than for the elderly; male baby boomers are 1.6 times more likely to kill themselves than prior generation

Aug. 19, 2014 - The death of Robin Williams has once again renewed focus on a worrying trend:  middle-aged male baby boomers who increasingly take their own lives. Julie Phillips, professor of sociology at Rutgers, notes Williams seems to have had many of the risk factors – a 63-year-old man with a history of drug addiction, alcoholism and depression who was dealing with new physical health problems. More...

Senior Citizen Alerts

Senior Citizens Should Schedule Mentally Challenging Tasks in the Morning

Older adults have ‘morning brains’ finds study showing noticeable difference in brain function across the day

Aug. 6, 2014 - Senior citizens facing a challenge that will require their brain to be working at its best should schedule it for the morning hours. A new study finds older adults have “morning brains.” They not only perform better on demanding cognitive tasks but also activate the same brain networks responsible for paying attention and suppressing distraction as younger adults, according to Canadian researchers. More...

Alzheimer's, Dementia & Mental Health

Senior Citizens Who Walk Slowly Can Expect Dementia to Catch Up with Them

Series of research reports in recent years have dire predictions for slow walking seniors, including a shorter life

July 25, 2014 – If you are a senior citizen and you walk very slowly, you have some things to worry about. The latest is a report from a study of 27,000 seniors age 60 or older that declares it can predict dementia in the future of those who walk slowly and have cognitive complaints. Another study early this year says slow walking seniors are less happy and have shorter longevity. In fact, a study of seniors in 2011 says how fast they walk is a better gage of how long they will live than trying to do a more complicated analysis of their medical condition and history. More...

Aging News & Information

Where You Live, Income May Play Significant Roles in Falls by Senior Citizens

Elderly living in lower-income neighborhoods at highest risk of injury on on sidewalks, streets and curbs

July 23, 2014 – A bit of good news for senior citizens about falling is that you are twice as safe from tumbling to the ground when you are walking for recreation or exercise that as you are when you a walking for some necessity – like shopping, or going to an appointment. The not so good news is that it is elderly with lower incomes who are most often walking because they have to. More...

Aging News & Information

New Analysis of Senior Citizen Population Released by U.S. Census Bureau

From population growth, to living arrangements, to work force participation it’s a complete picture of the citizens age 65 and older

June 30, 2014 - A new report released today by the U.S. Census Bureau provides the latest, comprehensive look at the nation's population aged 65 and older (senior citizens), comprising 40.3 million in 2010.

Alzheimer's, Dementia & Mental Health

Intellectual Enrichment Again Proven to Delay Cognitive Decline in Seniors

Latest study from Mayo Clinic published in JAMA Neurology suggests even those with high risk gene can delay decline for years

June 23, 2014 - The evidence continues to mount that the way to protect against the common cognitive decline seen in too many senior citizens is to maintain a lifestyle of intellectual enrichment throughout life. A new study from the Mayo Clinic Study of Aging confirms it again in a report appearing in today’s edition of JAMA Neurology, and add that it may delay dementia as long as nine years, even in high risk seniors.

Alzheimer's, Dementia & Mental Health

Right Amount of Sleep Very Important to Cognitive Ability of Seniors Says International Study

University of Oregon-led research finds women sleeping longer and struggling with quality – see video

June 16, 2014 – Middle aged or older people who get six to nine hours of sleep per night think better that those who sleep fewer or even more hours, report researchers who were looking at cognitive decline and dementia as people age.

Aging News & Information

Cure for Age-Related Muscle Loss?  Old Muscle Works Like New with ‘Trust Hormone’ Oxytocin

“Our quest is to find a molecule that not only rejuvenates old muscle and other tissue, but that can do so sustainably long-term without increasing the risk of cancer”

By Sarah Yang, UC Berkeley

June 13, 2014 – Researchers at UC Berkeley may not have found the fountain of youth but they may be on to something that can rejuvenate old muscle in senior citizens and it is already approved for use in humans. Oxytocin - a hormone associated with maternal nurturing, social attachments, childbirth and sex - is indispensable for healthy muscle maintenance and repair, the study says, but it declines with age in the mice used in the study. Read more...

Aging News & Information

Deadly Falls by Seniors Up 112% Since 1999; Just One of Senior Concerns in National Safety Month

National Safety Council highlights injury and death by falling, drug poisoning, vehicle crashes

June 9, 2014 - Fatal falls among seniors age 65 and older have risen 112 percent since 1999. More than 21,600 deaths in 2010 were attributed to falls among this age group, accounting for eight out of every 10 fatal falls in the United States. But injury from falls is just one of the safety issues being stressed this month by the National Safety Council during National Safety Month and several of them are critical to senior citizens. Read more...

Aging News & Information

Social Networks Usually Linked to Better Health for Older Adults, Studies Find

Special edition of Health Psychology packed with studies of senior citizens and their relationships

June 4, 2014 - Having regular positive interactions with family and friends and being involved in several different social networks can help older adults be healthier, according to numerous new research reports to be published by the American Psychological Association this month. However, negative social interactions can present health risks. Read more...

Senior Citizen Longevity & Statistics

World Longevity Making Big Gains as More Children Survive, Health Improves

People in richer countries and women continue to live longer, U.S. not in top 10

May 28, 2014 – Longevity is increasing around the world and a major reason is that more children, particularly in the poorest countries, are surviving to see a fifth birthday. People everywhere are living longer, but the World Health Statistics 2014 published this month by WHO (World Health Organization) shows that people still live longer in richer countries and women still outlive men. Read more...

Senior Citizen Longevity & Statistics

Life-Expectancy Gap Widens Between Wealthy and the Poor, Says New York Times Report

In upper half of income spectrum of U.S., men who reach  65 are living about six years longer than they did in the late 1970s; men in the lower half are living just 1.3 years longer.

March 16, 2014 – Senior citizens should find particularly interesting a report in The Sunday New York today that explores the “life expectancy gap” in the U.S. The wealthiest in the U.S. are living much longer but not those in lower. The Times focused on two counties: Fairfax County, Va., a wealthy area where residents are among the longest-lived in the country, and McDowell County, W. Va., where incomes are low and so is longevity. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Report on Senior Health Finds Americans More Active, Less Hospitalizations, Nursing Care Better

Minnesota healthiest state for seniors, Mississippi the least

May 22, 2014 – Senior citizens are showing encouraging gains in key health measures and taking more steps to improve their own health, according to the second edition of United Health Foundation’s America’s Health Rankings Senior Report: A Call to Action for Individuals and Their Communities. Read more...

Aging News & Information

Senior Citizen Population in U.S. to Double in 20 Years: Boomers Fuel Growth; Nation Multi-Colored

Census Bureau releases two reports about older people in the United States; Pew Research finds nation also becoming multi-colored.

May 6, 2014 - The nation's 65-and-older population is projected to reach 83.7 million in the year 2050, almost double in size from the 2012 level of 43.1 million, according to two reports released today from the U.S. Census Bureau. A large part of this growth is due to the aging of baby boomers (individuals born in the United States between mid-1946 and mid-1964), who began turning 65 in 2011 and are now driving growth at the older ages of the population. Read more... (U.S. Also Becoming Multi-Colored, Finds Pew - "At the same time our population is going gray, we’re also becoming multi-colored. - Pew Research

Aging News & Information

Senior Citizens Fighting Insomnia Increase Nightly Sleep Over an Hour with Tart Cherry Juice

It was small study but dramatic results get attention for LSU researchers

April 28, 2014 – Insomnia is a common health problem for senior citizens ages 65 and older. About one-third of seniors are estimated to suffer from this sleep problem. A study presented today at Experimental Biology 2014 found that drinking Montmorency tart cherry juice twice a day – morning and evening - for two weeks helped increase sleep time by nearly 90 minutes among older adults with insomnia. Read more...

Nutrition, Vitamins & Supplements for Seniors

Hunger Among Seniors a Growing Problem in the U.S.

Senior citizens dealing with hunger are also facing negative health and nutrition consequences - see video

April 28, 2014 - In a country as wealthy as the United States, it may come as a surprise that one in 12 seniors do not have access to adequate food due to lack of money or other financial resources. They are food insecure, according to researchers at the University of Illinois and University of Kentucky. Read more, see video...

Aging News & Information

Differences Between Centenarians and Senior Citizens Explored by Census Bureau

Women dominate both age groups, 100 plus less educated, more likely living in poverty

April 22, 2014 - Centenarians have lower education levels, are overwhelmingly women and are more likely to live in poverty than the 65-and-older population, according to a new U.S. Census Bureau report. The report, "The Centenarian Population: 2007-2011," analyzes characteristics of centenarians and how they compare with those 65 years and older. Read more...

Aging News & Information

Senior Citizens See Risk of Stroke Linked to Insomnia Diminish with Age

The risk was highest - up to eight times - among insomniacs 18-34 years old

April 9, 2014 – These is almost never good news about health for senior citizens that relates to getting older. It is an accepted truth that the older you get the higher your risk of health problems. But there really is good news for seniors, especially those who have problems sleeping, for a new study that finds the risk of having a stroke is much higher in people with insomnia but this risk shrinks as we get older. Read more...

Aging News & Information

Record Number of Senior Citizens Completing Living Wills, Little Impact on Deaths

Study suggests elderly Americans are completing living wills and appointing health care surrogates more than ever before

April 2, 2014 - A record number of elderly people are completing living wills to guide end-of-life medical treatments – up from 47 percent in 2000 to 72 percent in 2010 – according to new research from the University of Michigan and the Veterans Affairs Ann Arbor Healthcare System. Read more...

Aging News & Information

Marriage Linked to Lower Heart Risk – Not So Much for Seniors, Says Large Study

Marriage linked to lower risks for several cardiovascular diseases in study of 3.5+ million adults; much lower for those under 50

April 1, 2014 – A very large national study has found that married people are five percent less likely to have any vascular disease than are single people. The surprise to the researchers is the big gap between older people and young adults. Those 50 and younger have 12 percent lower odds of vascular disease. But, seniors are not as lucky. Those marrieds 61 and older are only 4 percent less likely to have vascular disease. Read more...

Alzheimer's, Dementia & Mental Health

Cognitive Decline in Older Men Linked to Poor Sleep

It was the quality of sleep that predicted future cognitive decline in this study, not the quantity

March 31, 2014 - A new study of older men found a link between poor sleep quality and the development of cognitive decline over three to four years. Results show that higher levels of fragmented sleep and lower sleep efficiency were associated with a 40 to 50 percent increase in the odds of clinically significant decline in executive function, which was similar in magnitude to the effect of a five-year increase in age. Read more...

Aging News & Information

Hearing Problems Make Senior Citizens More Introverted, Withdrawn

Study points to the importance of acknowledging and treating hearing loss among the elderly

March 31, 2014 – A study of senior citizens between the ages of 80 and 98 reports that impaired hearing causes some serious social problems. Old people have a natural tendency to become less outgoing as they age, but it they have hearing problems, this condition becomes even worse. Read

Aging News & Information

Most Seniors Who Break Bones in Falls Not Tested, Treated for Cause

Half of all women and one-quarter of all men will suffer at least one fragility fracture after age 50

March 24, 2014 – Older people who break a bone in a fall from no greater than their standing height - called a “fragility fracture” - are two to five times more likely to suffer another than someone who has not suffered such a break. And it appears to be progressive – if they suffer a second facture the odds of a third are even higher. Surprisingly, most of these seniors are not tested or treated for what causes most of these fractures. Read more...

Aging News & Opinion

Cheers for the ‘Age-Adjusted’ Cutoff Making Pulmonary Embolism Test Work for Senior Citizens

Is this a break-through in health care adjusting to meet the demands of an aging society that is different than the one we grew up in?

By Tucker Sutherland, editor,

March 18, 2014 – Probably more common sense should be applied to the medical care of older people. A study released today by the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) lauds the accomplishment of international doctors who solved the problem of a blood test for pulmonary embolism (blood clot in lungs) that was no longer working for senior citizens. Seniors seem to find themselves increasingly excluded from certain medical testing due to their advanced age. Read more...

Senior Citizen Longevity & Statistics

Life-Expectancy Gap Widens Between Wealthy and the Poor, Says New York Times Report

In upper half of income spectrum of U.S., men who reach  65 are living about six years longer than they did in the late 1970s; men in the lower half are living just 1.3 years longer.

March 16, 2014 – Senior citizens should find particularly interesting a report in The Sunday New York today that explores the “life expectancy gap” in the U.S. The wealthiest in the U.S. are living much longer but not those in lower. The Times focused on two counties: Fairfax County, Va., a wealthy area where residents are among the longest-lived in the country, and McDowell County, W. Va., where incomes are low and so is longevity. Read more...

Exercise & Fitness for Senior Citizens

Large Waist Indicates Shorter Life for Men and Women; Even if Body Mass Index Okay

March 14, 2014 - Having a big belly has consequences beyond trouble squeezing into your pants. It’s detrimental to your health, even if you have a healthy body mass index (BMI), a new international collaborative study led by a Mayo Clinic researcher found. Men and women with large waist circumferences were more likely to die younger. Read more...

Aging News & Information

UCLA Memory Program for Seniors Offers 'Gym For Your Brain'

UCLA Longevity Center helping both patients and caregivers live with diseases that fray their bond of shared memories.

By Anna Gorman, KHN Staff Writer,
This KHN story was produced in collaboration with
The Washington Post

March 12, 2014 - Just as they had so many times during the past 60 years, Marianna and Albert Frankel stepped onto the dance floor. He took her hand in his, and smiling, waltzed her around the room. “I remembered how it used to be and we could really do the waltz and he would whirl me around until I got dizzy,” said Marianna Frankel, 82, who is 10 years younger than her husband. Read more...

Aging News & Information

Improving Self-Esteem of Seniors Can Prevent Health Problems

Confidence an important buffer to the stress of old age, Concordia University study shows

March 12, 2014 - The importance of boosting self-esteem is normally associated with the trials and tribulations of adolescence. But new research from Concordia University shows that it’s even more important for older adults to maintain and improve upon those confidence levels as they enter their twilight years. That’s because boosting self-esteem can help buffer potential health threats typically associated with the transition into older adulthood. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Senior Citizens Being Denied Proper Access to Cancer Care; Evidence, Protests Growing

We need a fundamental change in cancer policy for the elderly patient, says editorial in British Medical Journal; U.S. VA study finds fault with ‘simple age cut-offs’ - see video

March 11, 2014 – There is growing evidence and an increasing outcry that senior citizens may be suffering and dying just because testing or treatment that could save their lives is denied strictly on the basis of their age. An editorial in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) says older people around the world are being denied proper access to cancer care. A new U.S. study finds a “simple age cut-off” is not the answer in screening for colorectal cancer. Read more...

Aging News & Information

Memory Decline in Seniors May Be Reversed by New Drug Therapy

The drug the researchers tested blocked GABA receptors, restoring working memory in aged rats to the level of younger rats.

March 8, 2014 - It may seem normal, at least for senior citizens - as we age, we misplace car keys, or can’t remember a name we just learned, or a meal we just ordered. But University of Florida researchers say memory trouble doesn’t have to be inevitable for seniors, and they’ve found a drug therapy that could potentially reverse this type of memory decline. Read more...

Aging News & Information

One Drink Appears To Be Too Many for Baby Boomers and Senior Citizens

Older drivers may not imbibe enough alcohol to put them over legal driving limit but just one drink can affect their driving abilities – See video report in story

By Morgan Sherburne, Science Writer, UF Health.

March 7, 2014 - You may have only had one glass of wine with dinner, but if you’re 55 or older, that single serving may hit you hard enough to make you a dangerous driver. So, baby boomers and senior citizens, what you suspected is true: you can’t party like you used to. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Binge Drinking is Frequent Among Older People and Significant Public Health Problem

Among older moderate drinkers, those who binge drink have a significantly greater death risk than regular moderate drinkers

March 5, 2014 - A study of the association between binge drinking and mortality among moderate-drinking older adults has found that those who engage in binge drinking have more than two times higher odds of dying within 20 years in comparison to regular moderate drinkers. It is believed to be the first study of binge drinking among older people who are considered moderate drinkers based on average consumption over time. Read more...

Nutrition, Vitamins & Supplements for Seniors

Live Longer: Don’t Eat Animal Proteins in Middle Age, Wait Until You are Senior Citizen

Middle-aged people who eat lots of proteins from animal sources - including meat, milk and cheese - more susceptible to early death in general

(Salvatore Caruso, 108, maintained a low-protein plant-based diet for the majority of his life.)

March 5, 2014 – Okay, here is the latest research pointing the way to a longer life. Eating a diet rich in animal proteins during middle age – about age 50 to 65 – makes your four times more likely to die from cancer than those eating a low-protein diet. But, don’t make skimping on protein a life-long habit. Senior citizens at about age 65 need to switch to more protein in their diet, which will protect them from disease. Read more...

Aging News & Information

Aging Men Find Life Gets Better Until Late 60s When Hassles Become Too Much

Some senior men continue to find happiness late in life despite dealing with family losses, declining health, or a lack of resources Oregon State study finds

By Mark Floyd, Oregon State University

Feb. 27, 2014 - A new study of how older men approach their golden years found that how happy individuals are remains relatively stable for some 80 percent of the population, but perceptions of unhappiness – or dealing with “hassles” – tends to get worse once you are a senior citizens at about 65 to 70 years old. Read more...

Aging News & Information

Death of Partner Linked with Increased Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke in Seniors for 30 Days

Large study concludes bereavement does greatly increase risk but it is still small

Feb. 24, 2014 – A large study has confirmed what many have suspected – the risk of a heart attack or stroke increases during the 30 days following the death of a partner, at least for seniors. But, the good news from this large study is that only a small fraction of surviving partners suffers these potentially deadly events. The bad news is that the risk is about double of that for those not suffering from this bereavement. Read more...

Aging News & Information

Loneliness in Older People May Increase Chance of Death by 14 Percent

Retiring to a warmer climate among strangers isn’t necessarily a good idea, if it means you are disconnected from the people who mean the most to you

By William Harms

Feb. 18, 2014 - Feeling extreme loneliness can increase an older person’s chances of premature death by 14 percent, according to research by psychologist John Cacioppo, one of the nation’s leading experts on loneliness. Read more...

Aging News & Information

Learning How Muscles Weaken With Age May Lead to Other Answers About Aging

Unexpected change of ‘set point’ in nervous system tied to loss of motor function; may explain other aging changes

Feb. 6, 2014 – The mystery of why our muscles just get weaker as we age seems to have an answer that involves the “set points” in our nervous system. For example, the set point for body temperature is 98.6 degrees. These points are not as set as we assumed. A new study finds they can be reset with age, and the researchers observed a set point that resulted in significantly diminished motor function in aging fruit flies. Read more...

Aging News & Information

Longevity Linked to Self-Confidence, Feeling in Control

High sense of self-determination could make a difference in living healthier lives, countering lack of education

Feb. 5, 2014 - People who feel in control and believe they can achieve goals despite hardships are more likely to live longer and healthier lives, especially among those with less education, according to a new study by Brandeis University and the University of Rochester, which was supported by the National Institute on Aging. Read more...

Aging News & Information

Your Memories Most Likely Created Using Paint from the Present

Our memory is no video camera; it edits the past with present experiences

Feb. 5, 2014 - Your memory is a wily time traveler, plucking fragments of the present and inserting them into the past, reports a new Northwestern Medicine study. In terms of accuracy, it's no video camera. Rather, the memory rewrites the past with current information, updating your recollections with new experiences. Love at first sight, for example, is more likely a trick of your memory than a Hollywood-worthy moment. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Clue to Why Cancer Risk Increases With Age Discovered by NIH Study

Age-related methylation may disable the expression of certain genes, making it easier for cells to transition to cancer

Feb. 3, 2014 - We have known for years that the risk of getting cancer increases with age but the reason for this has not been established. Now, researchers suspect that the accumulation of age-associated changes in a biochemical process that helps control genes may be responsible for at least some of the increased risk of cancer seen in seniors, according to a National Institutes of Health study. Read more...

Aging News & Information

Don’t Limit Senior Driver’s License by Age – Study Says Not Accurate Predictor of Ability

‘People do not wake up on their 75th birthday a worse driver than they were the day before’

Jan. 28, 2014 - Encouraging older drivers to self-regulate their driving rather than revoking their license based on age, has the potential to improve their safety and maintain their independence, according to a study from Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia (QUT). Read more...

Aging News & Information

Facelifts Now Less Risky with New 3-D Imaging Exposing Smallest Blood Vessels

Complications spotted when filler inadvertently injected into the bloodstream rather than in soft tissues

By Michelle Ma, University of Washington

Jan. 27, 2014 - Millions of seniors each year remove wrinkles, soften creases or plump up their lips by injecting a gel-like material into their facial tissue. These cosmetic procedures are sometimes called “liquid facelifts.” They are said to be minimally invasive, but sometimes things go wrong.  In a matter of minutes, patients’ skin can turn red or blotchy white and the injected area becomes painful. Vital blood supply to the face is restricted and if untreated, parts of the tissue will die. That scenario is irreversible and can leave deep scars. Read more...

Aging News & Information

Senior Citizens Leading Rapid Increase in Traumatic Spinal Cord Injuries in U.S.

Rates rising fastest among those over 65, and most injuries now due to falls, not car crashes

Jan. 27, 2014 – Senior citizens are driving up the number of serious traumatic spinal cord injuries in the United States, and the leading cause no longer appears to be motor vehicle crashes, but falls, new Johns Hopkins research suggests. These injuries - whose symptoms range from temporary numbness to full-blown paralysis — are rising fastest among older people, suggesting that efforts to prevent falls in the elderly could significantly curb the number of spinal injuries. Read more...

Aging News & Information

Life Expectancy of Rural Americans Falling Further Behind City Folks

70% of gap in life expectancy over last 40 years attributed to higher rates of accidents, cardiovascular disease, COPD, lung cancer in rural America

By Stephanie Stephens, HBNS Contributing Writer

Jan. 24, 2014 - Reducing health inequalities and increasing life expectancy in the United States have both been primary goals of the national health initiative, Healthy People 2020. Unfortunately, according to a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, over a 40-year period, rural residents have experienced smaller gains in life expectancy than their urban counterparts and the gap continues to grow. Read more...

Aging News & Information

Proof that Aging Brain is Sharp as Ever, Just Takes Longer to Process Years of Data

New research indicates senior citizen’s brain is like a computer with too much information gathered over decades of use, rather than cognitive decline

By Tucker Sutherland, editor,

Jan. 21, 2014 – I have been telling my grandkids this for years – the reason it takes me awhile to recall information is that my brain just contains so much more information than it did when I was younger. Now, there is research to prove I am right. The study argues that the brains of senior citizens take longer to process “ever increasing amounts of knowledge,” and this has been misidentified as declining cognitive ability due to aging. Read more...

Aging News & Information

New Evidence That Walking Speed of Senior Citizens is Predictor of How Long They Will Live

New study finds happy seniors more likely to maintain better physical function

Jan. 21, 2014 – A large study of people 60 and older has found that those who enjoy life are more likely to maintain better physical function in their daily activities and a faster walking speed as they age. Previous work by the researchers found these happy seniors were also most likely to survive for another eight years. This supports which supports another study suggesting walking speed is a good predictor of longevity. Read more...

Cognitive Training for Senior Citizens Shows 10-Year Benefit in Reasoning, Speed

Clinical trial funded by National Institute on Aging aimed at enabling seniors to maintain cognitive abilities as they age

Jan. 16, 2014 - Training to improve cognitive abilities in senior citizens – average age of 74 - lasted to some degree 10 years after the training program was completed, according to results of a randomized clinical trial supported by the National Institutes of Health. The findings showed training gains for aspects of cognition involved in the ability to think and learn, but researchers said memory training did not have an effect after 10 years. Read more...

Aging News & Information

Researchers Find Aging Genes That Can Be Turned Off for Anti-Aging Effect

Discovery to move forward in search of drugs to treat the aging process

Jan. 3, 2014 - Restricting calorie consumption is one of the few proven ways to combat aging. Though the underlying mechanism is unknown, calorie restriction has been shown to prolong lifespan in yeast, worms, flies, monkeys, and, in some studies, humans. Now researchers have developed a computer algorithm that predicts which genes can be "turned off" to create the same anti-aging effect as calorie restriction, which could lead to new drugs to treat aging. Read more...

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