6/2/2016 – Want to Get More Done at the Office? Just Stand Up

Texas A&M researchers found that workers who could stand at their desks were 46% more productive than those with traditional seated desks.

Read the full article at The Wall Street Journal.

5/27/2016 – To Stay in their Communities, Seniors First Need A Place To Live

Sometimes, you just have to say what is crashingly obvious. And when it comes to older adults aging at home, here it is: If seniors are going to avoid a nursing home, they need a safe, affordable alternative. Without one, they may die prematurely. And even if they live, they will almost surely need institutional care, which may be a bad alternative for them and, if they are poor, will cost the government a small fortune. In short, you can’t age in place without a “place.”

Read the full article at Forbes.

4/20/2016 – Getting People to Move More

Since the release of the first National Physical Activity Plan, by an alliance that includes the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Department of Health and Human Services, physical activity levels in the United States have barely budged, and for many people, they have declined. According to a recent report.

Read the full article at The New York Times.

4/9/2016 – Stanford Challenges Young Designers To Help Older Adults

A contest held this week at Stanford University can change the way we live in the future. The competition rewards students for designing stuff that can benefit older adults.

Read the full article at National Public Radio (NPR).

4/4/2016 – New Push to Keep Seniors in Home, Community-Based Programs

The federal government is pushing states to keep more low-income seniors out of nursing homes and, instead, enroll them in home and community-based programs.

The shift comes as demand for long-term care is rising. By 2050, the number of people older than 85 is expected to triple to more than 18 million. These seniors tend to have the highest disability rate and the greatest need for long-term care.

Read the full article at ABC News.

3/30/2016 – Exercise Makes Our Muscles Work Better With Age

To keep our muscles healthy deep into retirement, we may need to start working out more now, according to a new study of world-class octogenarian athletes. The study found substantial differences at a cellular level between the athletes’ muscles and those of less active people.

Read the full article at The New York Times.

3/29/2016 – Sitting Increases the Risk of Dying Early

Sitting too much may increase the risk of dying prematurely, while replacing sitting time with just standing or moderate physical activity could counteract the effect.

Read the full article at The New York Times.

3/25/2016 – A twist on the genetic link between Alzheimer’s and heart disease

Many people don’t realize that Alzheimer’s and heart disease share a genetic link: the apolipoprotein E gene, also known as ApoE. Genetic testing for ApoE — which is done mainly in research settings and isn’t yet widely available — cannot predict whether a person will develop Alzheimer’s disease, only whether they may be more likely than others to do so. The results of ApoE testing can be distressing for people who discover they carry a potentially a worrisome variant of the gene, but a recent Harvard study revealed a surprising silver lining.

Read the full article at Harvard Health Blog.

3/23/2016 – Burning calories tied to higher brain volume for elderly

Older people who expend more energy on physical activity each week tend to have more gray matter in their brains than less active peers, according to a recent U.S. study.

Read the full article at Reuters.