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The More You Know: A PSA on How to Be a Wiser Consumer of Scientific Research

A recent study in Neurobiology of Aging attempted to further scientific understanding of how the aging process impacts the human capacity to empathize. While the findings were less than conclusive, they have provided additional support for what neuro-psychological researchers have known for years—functional MRI (fMRI) studies are expensive, and small sample sizes lead to inconclusive...

Can Music, Dance, and Other Arts Programs Enhance Healthy Aging?

Although participation in the arts has long been suggested as a beneficial activity for older adults, only recently has there been much formal study of how such participation can enhance healthy aging. “Art for art’s sake” has often been used as an argument for the promotion of the arts, but in environments with limited resources and competing interests, demonstrating...

Late-Life Physical Activity Associated with Healthy Aging Even among the Previously Inactive

Studies have shown that mid-life physical activity has been associated with better overall health of individuals at older ages. However, the impact of taking up physical activity in later life has not been as closely examined. A recent study addresses the question of the impact of late-life physical activity with outcomes related to healthy aging. At the beginning of this study, a...

Low-Cost, Video-Based Exercise Interventions May Be Effective for Improving Strength & Flexibility

Functional physical limitations are a significant risk factor for older adults, as they can lead to isolation, frailty, and increased risk for falls. Exercise training, particularly exercise that focuses on strength and flexibility, has been shown to be an effective means for improving physical function and reducing the risk of functional limitations and physical disability. However,...

Midlife Cardiovascular Fitness Associated with Decreased Dementia Risk

There is a high priority on identifying preventive behaviors that can reduce rates of Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias. Non-medical interventions to prevent or delay dementia onset may have tremendous impact on quality of life and the reduction of health care costs. While research suggests that maintaining cardiovascular health may be the most promising way to reduce dementia...

Leisure Activities & Cognitive Well-Being

Research supports the common-sense notion that intellectual and physical activity are associated with mental well-being as we age. It is unclear, however, to what extent there is a causal relationship between activity and cognitive health. Do physical activity and intellectual activity actually improve our cognitive well-being, or are we more likely to engage in stimulating leisure...

Long-Term Aerobic Exercise Can Help Retain Strength

The loss of strength and muscle mass that tends to occur with aging can contribute to frailty, increased falls risk, and loss of functional ability. Thus, maintaining adequate muscle strength is an important component to health and overall quality of life. A recent study in the Journals of Gerontology suggests that long-term participation in aerobic exercise may contribute more than...

Physical Activity Leads to Improved Cognitive & Emotional Health among Frail Older Adults

Exercise is known to contribute to healthy aging through physical benefits and overall quality of life, and appears increasingly likely to contribute to continued cognitive well-being. Most of the research evidence on the benefits of physical activity, however, is based on studies of healthy individuals without conditions that can make exercise more difficult. A recent study on the...

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