Does a Lifetime of Regular Exercise Slow down Ageing?

A group of older people who have exercised all of their lives, were compared to a group of similarly aged adults and younger adults who do not exercise regularly. The results showed that those who have exercised regularly have defied the ageing process, having the immunity, muscle mass, and cholesterol levels of a young person.… Read More

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How Old Is Your Brain?

Just like the rest of our body, the brain can sometimes age quicker than we do. Now researchers at Imperial College London have a way to find out how old the brain really is (O’Hare, 2017). James Cole and colleagues trained a computer algorithm to estimate age based on brain images from 2001 healthy people, then tested it on… Read More

Older People: Unhealthy Behaviours & Disability

Research Paper Title Unhealthy Behaviours and Disability in Older Adults: Three-City Dijon Cohort Study. Study Question What is the relation between unhealthy behaviours, with each behaviour examined separately and in combination and the hazard of disability? Summary Answer An unhealthy lifestyle (physical inactivity, unhealthy diet, smoking) was associated with a greater hazard of disability in… Read More

Britain May Be About to Experience A Sudden Epidemic of Problem Drinking among Old People

A report by the Royal College of Psychiatrists proposes that the recommended daily limit of alcohol should be 1.5 units for people aged 65 and over. The authors of a paper in Age and Aging (2013, doi:10.1093/aging/aft039) point out that this means more than three million senior Britons could become alcohol abusers overnight.