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Sunday, November 8, 2015

Seniors Health: Older beats younger when it comes to correcting mistakes ♦ Signs of faster aging process identified ♦ Muscle loss linked to falls, fractures in elderly

Signs of faster aging process identified through gene research New research has shed light on the molecular changes that occur in our bodies as we age. In the largest study of its kind, an international group of researchers examined expression of genes in blood samples from 15,000 people across the world. They found 1,450 genes that are linked to aging, and also uncovered a link between these genes and factors such as diet, smoking and exercise.
Older beats younger when it comes to correcting mistakes Findings from a new study challenge the notion that older adults always lag behind their younger counterparts when it comes to learning new things. The study shows that older adults were actually better than young adults at correcting their mistakes on a general information quiz.
Virtual Week' brain game has potential to help older adults remain independent longer Just one month of training on a 'Virtual Week' computer brain game helps older adults significantly strengthen prospective memory -- a type of memory that is crucial for planning, everyday functioning and independent living, an international team of scientists has demonstrated.

Muscle loss linked to falls, fractures in elderly Older people with an age-related loss of muscle mass and strength may be at greater risk of falling and bone fractures, according to new research. A study into sarcopenia -- where muscles lose form and function with age -- found that those with the condition reported higher numbers of falls in the last year and a higher prevalence of fractures.

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