11/29/2012 – How We Can Make Older Bodies Young Again

Stanford Center on Longevity deputy director Thomas Rando, MD, PHD reports on a new discovery that could help maintain muscle tissue well into old age

Read the full article at Next Avenue.

11/27/2012 – Special Report: Silicon Valley's dirty secret – age bias

When Randy Adams, 60, was looking for a chief-executive officer job in Silicon Valley last year, he got turned down from position after position that he thought he was going to nail — only to see much younger, less-experienced men win out.

Finally, before heading into his next interview, he shaved off his gray hair and traded in his loafers for a pair of Converse sneakers. The board hired him.

Read the full story at Reuters.

11/26/2012 – Alzheimer's May Progress Differently in Women, Men

Alzheimer’s disease may look and act differently in men and women, new research suggests.

An emerging field known as gender-specific medicine has shown pronounced differences among the sexes in terms of heart disease and other conditions. These latest findings — if confirmed by further research — may have significant implications for diagnosing and treating Alzheimer’s among the sexes.

Read the full article at US News & World Report.

11/21/2012 – Positive Outlook Helps Seniors Heal

Older patients with positive attitudes on aging may be more likely to fully recover from severe disability compared with those who can’t see the bright side of life, a new study found.

A positive stereotype about aging was associated with a 44 percent greater likelihood of recovery from severe disability versus negative stereotypes, according to study author Becca Levy from the Yale School of Public Health and colleagues.

Read the full article at ABC News.

11/19/2012 – Can You Move It And Work It On A Treadmill Desk?

National Public Radio’s Patti Neighmond reports, there’s a backlash brewing to sedentary office life as more people realize how sitting all day can do a body wrong.

Read or listen to the full story at National Public Radio.

11/18/2012 – Forgetting Retirement: Most Americans Say They'll Keep Working

More than half of Americans have saved less than $250,000 for retirement, and many are pushing their retirement dates forward. Top concerns include rising health care costs, concern that their retirement assets will not last throughout their lifetime, and that they won’t be able to afford the lifestyle they desire during retirement, according to a report by Merrill Edge, a division of Bank of America‘s Merrill Lynch.

Read the full article at Forbes.

11/14/2012 – Alzheimer’s Tied to Mutation Harming Immune Response

Alzheimer’s researchers and drug companies have for years concentrated on one hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease: the production of toxic shards of a protein that accumulate in plaques on the brain.

But now, in a surprising coincidence, two groups of researchers working from entirely different starting points have converged on a mutated gene involved in another aspect of Alzheimer’s disease: the immune system’s role in protecting against the disease. The mutation is suspected of interfering with the brain’s ability to prevent the buildup of plaque.

Read the full article in The New York Times.


11/14/2012 – A 401(k) That Promises Never to Run Dry

WHILE anything resembling your father’s pension is unlikely to return, one large company has overhauled its 401(k) plan so workers can receive a paycheck for life.

Like many large employers, United Technologies, based in Hartford, closed its traditional pension plan to new workers a couple of years ago. The retirement plan that replaced it tries to solve one of the 401(k)’s biggest shortcomings and a thorny problem for retirees: protecting hard-earned savings from a volatile stock market while ensuring the money will never run out.

Read the full article at The New York Times.

11/13/2012 – Visible signs of aging signaled increased risk of heart disease, study finds

Certain types of baldness, earlobe creases, fatty deposits around eyes among potential factors, according to researchers

Visibly aging but young at heart? Don’t count on it, researchers suggested.

In a study following more than 10,000 people over 35 years, the presence of visible signs of aging signaled an increased risk of heart attack and heart disease.

Read the full article at The Chicago Tribune.

11/13/2012 – The Big Downside of Raising the Retirement Age

Now that the post-election entitlements fights are back in the spotlight, raising the Social Security retirement age will return to center stage as one of the common prescriptions for closing the program’s long-term funding gap. Increasing or entirely lifting the ceiling on taxable wages—set at $113,700 in 2013—is another frequently mentioned proposal. Further down on the list are measures to change the annual cost-of-living adjustment for Social Security recipients, restrict payments to high-income beneficiaries, and a slew of benefit tweaks that could have a meaningful cumulative impact on program finances.


Read the full article at US News & World Report.