Growing Old, Serious Business

By Pam Hayle, Chair, Vital Aging Network May is Older Americans Month---a month set aside to celebrate the contributions of older adults to our society. When President Kennedy first celebrated older Americans by designating May 1963 as Senior Citizens Month, Kennedy encouraged all Americans to pay tribute to older people across the country. In 1980, … Continue reading Growing Old, Serious Business

Video – Successful Aging and Your Brain

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rCTDlg9bIL8 Successful aging acknowledges the fact that there is a growing number of older adults functioning at a high level and contributing to the society. Scientists working in this area seek to define what differentiates successful from usual aging in order to design effective strategies and medical interventions to protect health and well-being from aging.[1][3][4][5][6][7] … Continue reading Video – Successful Aging and Your Brain

Death After Life? Reports of brain activity after clinical death.

When the Canadian team looked for this phenomenon in their human patients, they came up empty. “We did not observe a delta wave within 1 minute following cardiac arrest in any of our four patients,” they report. If all of this feels frustratingly inconsequential, welcome to the strange and incredibly niche field of necroneuroscience, where no one really knows what’s actually going on. But what we do know is that very strange things can happen at the moment of death – and afterwards – with a pair of studies from 2016 finding that more than 1,000 genes were still functioning several days after death in human cadavers.

Telomeres and Your Genetic Clock

So what’s a telomere, you’re most likely wondering? Well, the scientific answer is that they are the caps at the end of our chromosomes that protect our DNA. Chromosomes carry all a cell’s genetic information and telomeres are the protective buffers that determine how fast they age and die. In layman’s terms, telomeres are like the plastic tips of shoelaces. If you lose the tips, the laces start to fray, rendering them ineffective.