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Aging and Health

Don't Act Your Age

Judi Sheppard Missett | Posted 08.23.2014 | Style
Judi Sheppard Missett

Age is just a number. It's how many candles are on a cake. It's not you. It's not what defines you. How we treat the passage of years is up to us. I've learned to appreciate my decades and the experiences they've given me. I've decided to focus on growing rather than aging. Who's with me?

Dare to Be 100: How vs. Why

Walter M. Bortz II, M.D. | Posted 08.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Walter M. Bortz II, M.D.

I have just escaped from an intense three-day scientific meeting here in Santa Barbara arranged by the Glenn Foundation on Aging Research. It is a hig...

The Best News For Baby Boomers In A Long Time

Lloyd I. Sederer, MD | Posted 11.16.2013 | Fifty
Lloyd I. Sederer, MD

While we gray hairs may not be able to do a Rubik's cube as fast as millennials, we have -- by dint of need -- compensated by using both the left and right brains in unison.

Too Soon Old and Too Late Smart

Sue Curry, PhD | Posted 11.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Sue Curry, PhD

We have the opportunity and the time to change the culture of health care and the expectations of patients and providers. We have so many effective prevention interventions that address the major causes of chronic disease and early disability and death.

Seeking Longevity? Eat Real Food

Andy Bellatti | Posted 11.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Andy Bellatti

While these healthful groups of people may appear to have widely different diets, there is one common thread: Their intake of processed foods, added sugars, trans fats, and artificial ingredients is minimal, if at all existent.

Why Turning 60 Is Looking So Sweet

Lisa Meritz | Posted 10.03.2013 | Fifty
Lisa Meritz

This August I turn 60 and it's looking sweet. One of my friends, who just entered their sixth decade, tells me it's the first time she's struggling with age; but not me. Ironically the last birthday I fully embraced was 21.

74th Birthday, 54 Miles

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 09.29.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

A 54-mile bike ride to celebrate a 74th birthday is, indeed, very cool -- for many reasons. My father's lifelong devotion to physical activity is partly responsible for my own.

Are You A Weekend Warrior?

Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum | Posted 08.15.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Suzanne Steinbaum

Before you tie up your sneakers, we need to have a little talk about this, because while exercise is crucial for good heart health and having active fun outdoors is certainly a good idea theoretically, it is fundamentally not in your best interest to go from zero to hero.

Surprising Secrets for a Long Life Revealed

Bernard Starr | Posted 07.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Bernard Starr

Ask those who have achieved a ripe old age how they account for their longevity and you get amusing if not instructive answers.

Memory, Aging, and Distraction

Art Markman, Ph.D. | Posted 07.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Art Markman, Ph.D.

This research replicates previous work showing that older adults remember less and are more distractible than younger adults. However, this work also suggests that there is a silver lining to this combination.

Teenage Dreams and Mid-life Memories: How Your Brain Gets Smarter With Age

Ben Thomas | Posted 05.04.2013 | Science
Ben Thomas

you don't need any "miracle" supplements or expensive brain-training games to keep your mind sharp. All it takes is a set of healthy habits.

5 Tips for Choosing Your Health Span (Yes, You Can!)

Eva Norlyk Smith, Ph.D. | Posted 04.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Eva Norlyk Smith, Ph.D.

While most people are rarely confined to the complete inactivity of bed rest, we are all affected -- incrementally -- by lower levels of physical activity. Ultimately, this has significant implications for how we think about what it means to grow old, and indeed, what "normal" aging really is.

Wellness Is Easier Than You Think

David Kekich | Posted 11.17.2012 | Healthy Living
David Kekich

If you plan on maximizing your chances for super longevity and dramatic youthfulness, you'll need to put in a little effort... but not as much as you may think.

Everest A Surprising Lab For Studying Effects Of Aging

The Mayo Clinic | Posted 04.30.2012 | Fifty

A team from The Mayo Clinic set out this week to conduct research from the world's highest peak, since as it turns out the effects of altitude on the ...

Health and Work in the Age of Aging

Michael Hodin | Posted 06.06.2012 | Fifty
Michael Hodin

As life-spans routinely stretch into the 80s and 90s and as birth rates continue to drop to unprecedented lows, the importance of maintaining health as we age becomes even more crucial.

A Bold New Attack on the Alzheimer's Scourge

Michael Hodin | Posted 05.16.2012 | Healthy Living
Michael Hodin

What if a preeminent global health authority declared there's a public health "time bomb" among us? What if he were the person most responsible for leading the coalition that turned HIV/AIDS from a certain death sentence into a manageable illness?

Growing Bolder: How Old Are You?

Marc Middleton | Posted 10.15.2011 | Healthy Living
Marc Middleton

When someone says, "But I don't feel 50," it implies that 50 is supposed to feel bad. We believe that because we've been programmed to believe it for decades. We have the power to redefine what it means to grow old.

Preparing For America's Alzheimer Epidemic

Dr. Caroline Cicero | Posted 09.09.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Caroline Cicero

For people over 40, the fear of losing one's mind could be greater than the fear of death itself.

Pushed Out of the Age Closet

Randy Susan Meyers | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Randy Susan Meyers

Life is good. I am happy. If you want to know my age, that's fine. The age closet was getting pretty uncomfortable.