Older people in a park in Nanchang, China.
You don't often see many of the nation's 75 million seniors hanging out in parks. There may be a reason. Most parks are not designed with seniors in mind. Here are some ways to change that.
More Dollies, cloned from the same cell line.
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It took years of attempts before scientists were able to clone a mammal from an adult cell. And with that success came plenty more questions.
Older adults’ health may mainly reflect wealth and socioeconomic status, not the amount they drink.
Baby boomers might not be boosting their health with a glass or two of alcohol a day after all.
Once you start, you can’t stop.
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By getting young women hooked before they've even formed wrinkles, Botox peddlers have realized they can enlist them in a lifetime of treatment.
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A culture focused on youth may lead us to believe that older people do not enjoy sex. A new study shows why that is not true, and how the notion of 'sexual wisdom' may explain why.
Cell nucleus with RNA.
Aging and cancer appear to be closely linked, as over time, cells accumulate hits in their DNA code. But now research has turned to the role of RNA. Is RNA the key to a longer life?
Gaming makes getting older better, and more fun.
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Gaming is a way to connect to family members. Those relationships can improve mental and physical well-being, in addition to creating meaningful personal bonds.
These Second Life characters could form part of a fulfilling retirement.
If game producers get better at targeting older gamers, many effects of aging - social, cognitive and physical - could be reduced.
The world is getting grayer, but getting older doesn’t mean what it used to.
Turning 65 in 2016 doesn't mean the same thing as hitting 65 in 1916. So why are we still using a population aging measure that was developed a century ago?
It might not be a bad thing for senior citizens to live in age-specific communities.
When older people live predominantly with others their own age, there are far more benefits than costs.
Our sex lives may change as we get older but those in sexual relationships still want the same things as the young.
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The very idea of a quick-fix pill for stopping, and perhaps even reversing, nature’s intricate biologic clock thus far has proven to be a hubristic notion.
Video games are no longer the domain of the young alone.
Video games aren't only for kids. A new report shows that older Australians are embracing games, for a variety of reasons.
Japanese climber Yuichiro Miura, 80, before ascending Mt. Everest for the third time.
New research says we should discard conventional ways of analyzing what it means to age. It's how well people function that counts.
Jonas the lemur defied his small size by living to the age of 29.
David Haring, Duke Lemur Center
A new study looking at a long-lived lemur species attributes it to their frequent hibernation-like state. But what lessons can humans learn from this?
Keep your brain active.
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Every 67 seconds someone in the United States is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and new estimates suggest that it may be the third leading cause of death of older people. Alzheimer’s disease is associated…
People who stay mentally stimulated and physically active can delay onset of cognitive decline.
Older people may be able to learn more from visual information than their younger counterparts, according to a study published…
Yes – cheap flights to Norway!
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It’s no secret that the global population is ageing. We’re living longer than ever and are healthier until much later in life. But we’re still struggling to adapt to this changing demographic – and some…
We need to rethink care for the elderly.
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By 2030, the last of the Baby Boomer generation will have turned 65 years old, putting the population of “senior boomers” in the United States at approximately 71 million. Currently, only about 7,000 certified…
It’s not all bad news for older brains.
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For years, conventional wisdom held that growing older tends to be bad news for brains. Past behavioral data largely pointed to loss in cognitive – that is, thinking – abilities with age, including poorer…