Tag: successful aging

Hearing Loss May Accelerate Brain Shrinkage

The stigma of wearing hearing aids has been around for decades, certainly since the 40-plus years that UCLA audiologist Alison Grimes has been in the field. But, not using them can affect far more than your ego. “We know everyone loses their hearing as they age, just like everyone loses

5. Essential Nutrients for Heart and Brain

So far, we’ve focused mostly on the big picture—dietary patterns that benefit your heart and brain, as well as foods that are the core components of these patterns. But, it’s also useful to know a little about specific nutrients—particularly those that many Americans may be lacking.
Common Deficiencies
In general, according to

6. Fiber-Rich Grains Aid Healthy Aging

A component found in many plant foods that has been linked with being disease- and disability-free in older age might surprise you: It’s dietary fiber. Researchers who followed some 1,600 initially healthy people, ages 49 and older, for 10 years reported that those with the highest intake of fiber had

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AGING

Learn these secrets to successful aging,
Sept., p1

6 ways to maximize your independence in older age, Dec., p1

ALCOHOL/SMOKING/DRUG ABUSE

Nightcaps make sleep—and cognitive problems—worse, May, p6

Smoking elevates stroke risk, especially in women, Nov. ,p5

Avoid binge-drinking to lower risk

Learn These Secrets to Successful Aging

If you want not only to survive into old age, but also to age successfully—with an independent, fulfilling, and active life, a sharp mind, and a minimum of illness and disability—learning how to relax may be key, says a Mas-sachusetts General Hospital (MGH) expert.

“A number of strategies—such as staying socially

Newest Treatment for Afib: Yoga

Atrial fibrillation (Afib), which affects about 2.7 million Americans, dramatically raises the risk for stroke, is linked with mood disorders such as depression and anxiety, and increases the risk for heart failure and death. A recent study conducted by MGH researcher Jeremy Ruskin, MD, and colleagues (Annals of Internal Medicine,

From The Editor

We’ve all known people who are spry, sharp, and active well into their 90s, and we’ve probably wondered: What’s their secret? Genetics and luck each play a role, of course. But so does lifestyle—the choices people make that can contribute to or detract from healthy aging.
The biggest lifestyle factor in

Ask the Experts: Collagen Peptide Supplements; Food Dye Safety

Q: Are there any benefits to taking collagen peptide supplements?

A: Eating well, exercising, and getting enough sleep are already recognized as contributing to successful aging, but many people long for more than that. They want to continue to look and feel young. Starting at age 30, people lose about 2

4. Essential Nutrients For Heart and Brain

Through observational studies and randomized clinical trials, scientists have pieced together much of the puzzle of how individual vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients affect human health (see Box 4-1, “Making Sense of Nutrition Studies”). You can go a long way toward making sure you obtain the nutrients essential for a

Consider Volunteering: Your Brain May Benefit!

Numerous studies suggest that staying social may benefit your emotional wellbeing and neurological health as you age. Finding a sense of purpose also is important—one 2015 study found that older adults who reported having a sense of purpose and direction in life tend to live longer than their peers. Volunteering

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