Seniors / Aging News

Ten New Year's Resolutions To Help You Age Successfully

Successful aging means more than good health. It means taking charge of your personal wellbeing so that you can continue to live a vibrant, independent life, regardless of your age, according to Dr. Terri Ginsberg of the New Jersey Institute for Successful Aging at the UMDNJ-School of Osteopathic Medicine.

"Successful aging isn't difficult, but it does require a personal commitment to active living," says Ginsberg. To help them age successfully, Ginsberg recommends that adults of all ages follow these "10 Resolutions for Healthy Aging":

1. Sleep at night. Avoid frequent daytime naps, late night snacks or watching television in bed.

Animal Study Offers Insights Into Possible Drug Targets To Improve Memory As We Age

Drugs that affect the levels of an important brain protein involved in learning and memory reverse cellular changes in the brain seen during aging, according to an animal study in The Journal of Neuroscience. The findings could one day aid in the development of new drugs that enhance cognitive function in older adults.

Aging-related memory loss is associated with the gradual deterioration of the structure and function of synapses (the connections between brain cells) in brain regions critical to learning and memory, such as the hippocampus.

Studying The Nature Of Change In Our Aging, Changing Brains

As we get older, our cognitive abilities change, improving when we're younger and declining as we age. Scientists posit a hierarchical structure within which these abilities are organized. There's the "lowest" level - measured by specific tests, such as story memory or word memory; the second level, which groups various skills involved in a category of cognitive ability, such as memory, perceptual speed, or reasoning; and finally, the "general," or G, factor, a sort of statistical aggregate of all the thinking abilities.

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