Category Archives: Aging

Older, fitter adults experience greater brain activity while learning

Older adults who experience good cardiac fitness may be also keeping their brains in good shape as well. In what is believed to be the first study of its kind, older adults who scored high on cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) tests performed … Continue reading

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Dancing can reverse the signs of aging in the brain

As we grow older we suffer a decline in mental and physical fitness, which can be made worse by conditions like Alzheimer’s disease. A new study, published in the open-access journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, shows that older people who … Continue reading

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Molecular Pathway that Controls Aging

A team of researchers led by Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine has discovered a conserved molecular pathway that controls lifespan and healthspan in mice and nematode worms Caenorhabditis elegans, a common model organism in biological research. “We find … Continue reading

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On how some fitness-promoting genes during youth are harmful during aging

Autophagy is a ubiquitous catabolic process that causes cellular bulk degradation of cytoplasmic components and is generally associated with positive effects on health and longevity. Inactivation of autophagy has been linked with detrimental effects on cells and organisms. The antagonistic … Continue reading

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Researchers Slow Aging and Extend Lifespan

Researchers have developed a method of removing damaged mitochondria in fruit flies, causing the insects to become more active and increasing typical lifespan. UCLA researchers report the method could eventually be used to benefit humans and delay the onset of … Continue reading

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Why Do Some People Stay Sharp As They Age?

Researchers are embarking on a new study to answer how some people are able to stay sharper than others as they age. Look closely at the brain scans below, and one of the first things you notice is how the … Continue reading

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Theories of Memory and Aging: A Look at the Past and a Glimpse of the Future

The present article reviews theories of memory and aging over the past 50 years. Particularly notable is a progression from early single-mechanism perspectives to complex multifactorial models proposed to account for commonly observed age deficits in memory function. The seminal … Continue reading

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Mentally Challenging Activities Key to Healthy Brain Aging

One of the greatest challenges associated with the growing numbers of aged adults is how to maintain a healthy aging mind. Taking up a new mental challenge such as digital photography or quilting may help maintain cognitive vitality, say researchers … Continue reading

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Re-energizing the aging brain

The human brain has a prodigious demand for energy — 20 to 30% of the body’s energy budget. In the course of normal aging, in people with neurodegenerative diseases or mental disorders, or in periods of physiological stress, the supply … Continue reading

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The Science of Aging Well

Genetic treatments to reverse aging at the cellular level? Diets and exercises that help your mind and body function better longer? It’s not a sales pitch from a life-extension guru — it’s science. For civilization, there’s no better time to … Continue reading

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