15 Ways To Keep Healthy After Age 50

When you reach 50, you may feel healthy and young. However, your body needs extra care to protect it from the effects of aging. Some familiar things take on more importance, like avoiding empty calories and getting adequate sleep. Other stuff like regular hearing tests may be brand new. With…Continue reading15 Ways To Keep Healthy After Age 50

Death ~ Can Our Final Moment Be Euphoric?

People often look like they are sleeping just after dying, having a neutral facial expression. But one of my relatives, who had intense pain the hours leading up to his death and lacked access to medical care, had a radiant, ecstatic expression. For decades, I have wondered whether the last…Continue readingDeath ~ Can Our Final Moment Be Euphoric?

Activating Immune Cells Mitigates Age-related Cognitive Decline

Aging-related changes in a class of immune cell known as group 2 innate lymphoid cells (ILC2s) could allow doctors to combat the effects of aging on the brain, researchers at Albany Medical College in New York have found. Their study suggests that targeting these cells might reduce age-related cognitive decline…Continue readingActivating Immune Cells Mitigates Age-related Cognitive Decline

Larger Hippocampus Does Not Necessarily Equal Better Memory

Having a larger hippocampus doesn’t always reliably predict learning and memory abilities in older adults, research suggests. It’s normal for the hippocampus — a curved, seahorse-shaped structure embedded deep in the brain — to shrink as we age, but it’s much more pronounced in people with mild cognitive impairment or…Continue readingLarger Hippocampus Does Not Necessarily Equal Better Memory

Racial Discrimination Speeds Up Shortening Of Telomeres

Racism may result in tolls related to premature biological aging among African Americans, indicates a study led by Auburn University. African Americans who reported more racial discrimination over a 10-year period showed signs of faster aging at the cellular level during the same time frame. “One of the factors that…Continue readingRacial Discrimination Speeds Up Shortening Of Telomeres

Not Enough (Or Too Much) Water May Affect Older Women’s Cognition

Not getting enough water is enough to make you feel sluggish and give you a headache, but a new study[1] suggests for older women, too little hydration may also relate to cognitive performance. Researchers investigated whether hydration levels and water intake among older adults related to their scores on several…Continue readingNot Enough (Or Too Much) Water May Affect Older Women’s Cognition

More Body Fat May Hamper Thinking As You Age

Having less muscle and more body fat may affect how flexible our thinking gets as we become older, new research suggests. Researchers also found that changes in parts of the immune system could be responsible for the effect. These findings[1] could lead to new treatments that help maintain mental flexibility…Continue readingMore Body Fat May Hamper Thinking As You Age