The journal Science, published a recent study from the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), illustrating how the drug, nicotinamide riboside (NR), helped elderly mammals’ organs regenerate cells. The hope is that this will aid in cell regeneration to treat a number of degenerative diseases. Newsweek has more here.
With a $2.37 million grant from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation to UW and the Allen Institute, a team of scientists has been assembled to study brain injury, aging , and dementia. The study is hosted at the Allen Institute’s brain-map.org website. The institute has been researching brain function and gene expression for years, but this new report transcends mere genetics. GeekWire details the early findings here.
Santa Rosa’s Press Gazette ran a piece on a course being offered for area seniors to improve safety while driving. Simple changes to steering wheel position, ensuring tire treads are not worn, the addition of safety items, and wearing proper footwear, all can reduce the possibility of an accident. You can see the full article here.
BusinessInsider.com has an interesting piece about how the Japanese are affecting U.S. real estate rates. Insurance companies are coming to the U.S. to find investments that make quality returns, because of the high number of payouts due to the aging of Japan’s population. The article has a good overview of the crisis, and how it may affect us, going forward.
A recent technology report by Link-age Connect, a research and consultancy firm that conducts market research on the aging population over the age of 65, and Aging in Place Technology Watch, a market research business that focuses on technologies and services that helps seniors and baby boomers remain longer in their homes, says that senior-living providers are wrong about how technologically engaged seniors are. Senior Housing News has the results of the report here.
With tax day upon us, this may not be too much of a concern until next year, but it’s certainly worth sharing. The Internal Revenue Service is warning of a phone scam that has bilked more than 5,000 victims since 2013. The calls initiate from a fictitious IRS call center, where the “agent” works to convince the victim to wire money to stay out of trouble. There’s more information on NPR’s site, here.
Kare 11, in Minneapolis/St. Paul, recently aired a segment offering tips to consider when talking to aging parent. Developmental Psychologist Dr. Marti Erickson, host of the weekly podcast “Mom Enough”, sat in and offered some great ideas on improving communication.
A new fraudulent scheme targeting seniors is making news, and this one involves the promise of a lottery jackpot. The con artists ask unsuspecting seniors to pay money upfront to gain access to the full winnings. The swindlers may make contact by telephone or through the U.S. mail.
Recent experiments involving fruit flies, and low doses of lithium, resulted in a 16-18% increase in lifespan. However, higher doses of lithium resulted in an earlier death. Fruit flies share 75% of the genes that cause disease in human, which makes them an ideal test subject. The drug blocks activity of a molecule called glycogen synthase kinase-3 (GSK-3), which has been cited as a factor in the development of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Medical News Today has the story here.
The R70i Aging Suit, on display at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, New Jersey, approximates the feeling of living in the body of an 85-year-old. The 40-pound suit takes about 10 minutes to get into, and requires assistance from staff members. The point of the exhibit is to help visitors understand what it’s like to get older.