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Friday, December 18, 2015

Senior's Health:Shingles increases short-term risk of stroke in older adults ♦ Genes associated with extreme longevity identified ♦ Aging warps our perception of time

Aging warps our perception of time A recent study found that seniors have a harder time distinguishing the order of events than younger adults. When researchers presented them with both a light and sound at the same or different times, they found that young and older adults could determine whether they occurred simultaneously with similar accuracy. But when asked to determine which appeared first, the light or the sound, older adults performed much worse.
Shingles increases short-term risk of stroke in older adults A new study determined that adults 50 and older are at a 50% increased risk for stroke for 90 days following a shingles episode.
New genes associated with extreme longevity identified Centenarians show successful aging as they remain active and alert at very old ages. Scientists have begun to unravel the basis for longevity by finding genetic loci associated with extreme longevity. A new study uses a new statistical method (termed 'informed GWAS') to identify five longevity loci that provide clues about physiological mechanisms for successful aging
Safety net fails grandmother caregivers living in severe poverty The number of grandmothers raising their grandchildren spiked during the Great Recession, but those living in poverty often struggle with a public assistance system not designed to meet their unique needs

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