Scientists Study Sea Urchins’ Resistance To Physical Decline

Humans and sea urchins share a surprisingly close genetic relationship. Which is why MDI Biological Laboratory Associate Professor James A. Coffman, Ph.D., is studying the sea urchin’s ability to regenerate. The hope is, thatr with continued study, the urchin will allow us a deeper understanding of the aging process in humans. More, here.

 

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Affordable Housing For Seniors Presents a Challenge

National Mortgage News has a piece today on Seniors having a hard time finding affordable housing. The Bipartisan Policy Center has assembled a task force to initiate a dialogue with the federal government, and inspire positive change to tackle the problem, going forward. The lower-income aging population is rising rapidly, and the task force has some intriguing propositions, here.

 

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100 Years of Aging Across the World

Lund University PhD student, Aron Strandberg, developed a GIF, from the United Nations World Population Prospects, tracking the median population age from 1960 to the present. It also projects what will happen in the next 40 years. The median age rises more in wealthy and middle-income countries than in poorer ones. Also, the median age is going up in almost every country across the world. More, here.

 

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Busy Brain = Longer Life

In an article consistent with what we shared yesterday, a new report, Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, which posits that those who stay busier. live longer. While the findings do caution against being chronically busy and over-stressed, the research supports the idea that an engaged mind equates to better health long-term. More, here.

 

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Age Seldom Responsible for Health, Well-Being

A team of researchers at the University of Chicago, part of the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project (NSHAP), have completed a survey of people aged 57 to 85, examining aging in America. The results show how psychological well-being, sensory function, mobility and health behaviors are better predictors of life span. Science Daily has a comprehensive piece, here.

 

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Foods that Decrease Alzheimer’s Risk

CBS News has a report on foods that nourish and protect the brain. With 100 million cases of dementia expected by mid-century, there has been a major increase in research into brain health and harm. Most of the foods exist within the framework of the “Mediterranean Diet”, and you can read the article here.

 

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