aging

Evidence that psychological problems such as depression and anxiety increase risk for dementia later in life is growing. These problems, known as affective disorders, as well as poor cognitive function are, of course, not unusual in older adulthood. After age 70, for example, it has been estimated that the both lower mood and poor cognition… Read more

The brain’s neural activity – long implicated in disorders ranging from dementia to epilepsy – also plays a role in human aging and life span, according to research led by scientists in the Blavatnik Institute at Harvard Medical School. The findings offer the first evidence that the activity of the nervous system affects human longevity. Although… Read more

A new study looks at the effects of tea drinking on the brain[1]. Researchers recruited healthy older participants to two groups according to their history of tea drinking frequency and investigated both functional and structural networks to reveal the role of tea drinking on brain organization. “Tea has been a popular beverage since antiquity, with… Read more

The walking speed of 45-year-olds, especially their fastest walking speed without running, can be useful as a marker of their aging brains and bodies, new research from Duke University[1] suggests. Slower walkers were shown to have “accelerated aging” on a 19-measure scale devised by researchers, and their lungs, teeth and immune systems tended to be… Read more

The proportion of individuals aged over 65 on antidepressants has more than doubled in the past two decades, according to new research led by the University of East Anglia. Despite a rise in antidepressant use, there was little change in the number of older people diagnosed with depression. The findings are based on the Cognitive… Read more