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Scientists gain ground in the race to reverse aging

So many of us do so much to keep ourselves healthy and live long lives. We exercise, we hydrate, we eat right, and we avoid harmful substances. There are so many things we can do to keep ourselves vital for a long time — there are whole industries aimed just at making us look fit — but time Read More...

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A chemical found in grape seed could promote more gentle aging

We all know the everyday signs of aging, but researchers are still trying to figure out exactly what is happening on a molecular level. Scientists hope that when the process is understood, it can be slowed down to improve the quality of life for older humans. A new paper, published in Nature Read More...

Book Excerpt: ‘Right Place,

Book Excerpt: ‘Right Place, Right Time’ーThe Ultimate Guide to Choosing a Home for the Second Half of Life

“The path from dreams to success does exist. May you have the vision to find it, the courage to get on to it, and the perseverance to follow it.” - Kalpana Chawla Did you know that the average human lifespan has increased by over 20 years in the last century alone? Humans are living longer, Read More...

Thanks to a DNA tool, research

Thanks to a DNA tool, researchers can now determine the age of lobsters

Lobsters are famous for living long lives, but when it comes to determining the age of an individual organism, it’s actually surprisingly difficult. As they molt and develop new exoskeletons throughout their lives, they shed many of the telltale signs of aging, making it difficult for fishermen Read More...

These 5 vitamins and minerals

These 5 vitamins and minerals are essential to aging

Like all aspects of health and wellness, our nutrition needs change as we age. Changing physical health as well as lifestyle makes certain vitamins and minerals more crucial than they used to be. Let’s take a look at some that get more important as we age. Magnesium Magnesium promotes bone Read More...

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Eating these 5 “sirtfoods” can support healthy aging

We recently published a story about how eating bitter melon can improve longevity. Remaining within the topic of healthy aging, today we bring you five more foods that can support your body and mind as you grow older. The common theme between these five foods is that they are sirtuin-activating Read More...

Study finds older people today

Study finds older people today are smarter and stronger than 30 years ago

With the great advancements, humanity has made in terms of our understanding of the human body and in terms of new medical technology, you might be safe to assume that older people today are healthier than those just a few decades ago. But now we have proof thanks to a compelling new study out of Read More...

Is aging reversible? A new stu

Is aging reversible? A new study says maybe it is.

Aging can be measured by more than just the candles on our birthday cake.  It can also be measured through chemical changes in our DNA - what scientists call “biomarkers”. But what happens if we alter this process at a cellular level?  Can we stop aging in its tracks? In a Benjamin Read More...

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Sage and respected: Positive words linked to positive outcomes as we grow older

Aging is often associated with unpleasant side effects: achy joints, forgetfulness, limited mobility.  But one technique that has proven to make a difference and improve the lived experience of growing older is “positivity”. Psychologist Becca Levy studies the correlation between attitudes Read More...

Why it’s never too late to s

Why it’s never too late to safeguard your mind against age-related decline

Think your brain is too old to learn new tricks, let alone keep cognitive decline at bay? That’s faulty reasoning: Brand-new research featured in the journal Cell: Stem Cell reveals that neurons continue to form in the part of the brain where memories are processed in your 40s, 50s, and even Read More...