1/15/2016 – Can We Delay Aging?

Research on animals suggests we could improve humans’ healthy lifespan.

Read the full article at Next Avenue.

1/14/2016 – Could This Urine Test Predict Alzheimer's Disease?

Scientists might be able to predict Alzheimer’s earlier than originally thought.

Read the full article at U.S. News and World Report.

1/12/2016 – ObamaCare’s $1,200 Pay Cut

In a working paper, Center on Longevity faculty affiliates Gopi Shah Goda and Jay Bhattacharya of Stanford, and Monica Farid of Harvard exploit the fact that some 37 states had extended dependent-coverage mandates of varying rigor and comprehensiveness before the Affordable Care Act. They explore these differences to estimate the results of the uniform national mandate that was imposed in 2010.

“We find evidence that employees who were most affected by the mandate, namely employees at large firms, saw wage reductions of approximately $1,200 per year,” the researchers observe.

Read the full article at The Wall Street Journal.

1/11/2016 – Raising Retirement Age Disproportionately Hurts Poor

The rich are increasingly outliving the poor, meaning policies aimed at delaying retirement could disproportionately hurt low socioeconomic status workers, new research shows.

Read the full article at Bloomberg.

1/11/2016 – Do our aging cells get smarter, not sicker?

The general view of aging is that as we get older the cells in our bodies begin to malfunction and, as a result, we get sick. However Yves Barral, a biochemistry professor at ETH Zurich who studies yeast cells, thinks the view that flawed cell function causes us to age and get sick is too narrow.

Read the full article at Futurity.

1/7/2016 – Getting Old? This High-Tech Suit Simulates Aging

R70i Age Suit, made by Applied Minds and shown at CES, is designed to make you feel 40 years older.

Read the full article at The Wall Street Journal.

Lumosity to Pay $2M to Settle FTC Charges Over 'Brain Training' Ads

The company that created the Lumosity “brain training” program has agreed to pay $2 million to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it deceived consumers into believing that its mind games could help users excel at work and school and reduce or delay “cognitive impairment associated with age and other serious health conditions.”

Read the full article at NBC News.

1/4/2016 – Lack Of Deep Sleep May Set The Stage For Alzheimer's

There’s growing evidence that a lack of sleep can leave the brain vulnerable to Alzheimer’s disease.

“Changes in sleep habits may actually be setting the stage” for dementia, says Jeffrey Iliff, a brain scientist at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland.

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

1/4/2016 – Forgot Something Again? It's Probably Just Normal Aging

Losing your ability to think and remember is pretty scary. We know the risk of dementia increases with age. But if you have memory lapses, you probably needn’t worry. There are pretty clear differences between signs of dementia and age-related memory loss.

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

1/1/2016 – A Smarter Plan to Make Retirement Savings Last

Starting in 2020, the numbers of very low-income elderly will rise sharply as the retired population soars to almost 56 million. More middle-class working Americans will be poor or near poor after they reach the age of 65. Most currently have inadequate 401(k)-type accounts or no retirement account at all. For good reason, voters tell pollsters that their top economic concern is retirement security.

Read the full op-ed at The New York Times.