For Seniors, Getting Physical Protects the Heart

If you’re in your early 60s, becoming more active may reduce your risk of heart disease, researchers report. That’s especially true for women, they added. “The 60 to 64 age range represents an important transition between work and retirement, when lifestyle behaviors tend to change. It may, therefore, be an opportunity to promote increased physical… [Read More]

Here’s What Makes Seniors Feel and Act Younger

A pair of new studies points towards two potential paths to the fountain of youth. When older adults feel more control of their lives and get more exercise, they feel younger — and that improves their thinking, overall quality of life and longevity, the studies say. One study included 116 older adults (ages 60 to… [Read More]

5 Ways to Push Yourself to Stay Fit

Continually progressing keeps exercise interesting and further increases your fitness level. Here are five fun ideas to keep challenging yourself. Identify an area of weakness, like a muscle group you want to tone or a fitness skill you’d like to have. You might assess your level of each of the key components of fitness —… [Read More]

Seniors, Feeling Young Is a State of Mind

For seniors who feel years younger than they really are, a new study suggests it might not be their imagination. “We found that people who feel younger have the structural characteristics of a younger brain,” explained lead author Jeanyung Chey. She is a professor in the department of psychology & program for brain sciences at… [Read More]

Exercise an Antidote for Aging

If you want to counter the physical costs of getting old, regular exercise might be your best option, researchers report. The findings “debunk the assumption that aging automatically makes us more frail,” said researcher Janet Lord. She is director of the Institute of Inflammation and Ageing at the University of Birmingham in England. In the… [Read More]

Want to Live Longer? Eating a Little Less Might Do the Trick

Putting just a bit less on your dinner plate each day might be key to a longer life, preliminary research suggests. People who reduced their caloric intake by just 15 percent over two years experienced a significant decrease in their metabolism, according to a small clinical trial. These folks also saw improvements in biomarkers associated… [Read More]

How Much Exercise Helps the Aging Brain?

It’s well-known that exercise benefits the brain as well as the heart and muscles, but new research pinpoints just how much — and what types — of exercise may promote thinking skills as you age. Reviewing data from dozens of studies on older adults, scientists found that those who exercised an average of at least… [Read More]

Lifelong Exercise Can Guard Heart Health

Exercising may keep you young at heart. Researchers found that people who make regular exercise a lifelong habit appear to slow the aging of their heart and blood vessels. The finding stems from a comparison of exercise histories and heart health among 102 people over age 60. Those who had exercised two to three times… [Read More]

‘What’s That Word?’ Fitness Helps Seniors Find It

Can’t recall that word that’s on the tip of your tongue? Exercise might help. Physical activity is tied to a host of benefits. Now, a small study finds that healthy older people who exercise regularly have fewer problems with word retrieval. “Tip-of-the-tongue moments are very noticeable. They are irritating and embarrassing,” said lead researcher Katrien… [Read More]