Adding Life to Your Years

The latest headlines on aging often point to the declines associated with aging and the many claims to “reverse,” “halt,” or “prevent” them. Stories about 100-year-olds marking birthdays have been replaced by those about centenarians running marathons. Is that what healthy aging looks like – accomplishing the same physical tasks you were able to achieve as a youth? Can we also stall some of aging’s effects on the mind? As the baby-boom generation ages, it’s no surprise that more efforts are being focused on understanding issues related to later life, and many UConn researchers are tackling the important issues surrounding healthy aging. Read this ongoing series about their inquiries.

A senior woman stretching at a yoga studio. (Getty Images)

Yoga Helps Preserve Muscle Mass in Older Women, Study Says

Yoga group participants had lower body fat and higher muscle mass than those not practicing yoga. And, they tended to have better balance.

A senior patient begins to walk a hospital hallway with help from a nurse. (Getty Images)

UConn Pilots New Measure of How Fast You Walk

A sudden slowdown in gait speed signals a senior's health is in decline.

An elderly woman sitting in front of her laptop looking stressed. (PeopleImages via Getty Images)

Elders’ Stress Response May Worsen Depression’s Impact

UConn Health researchers say that depressed elders who are also easily stressed are prone to worse cognitive outcomes, and could benefit from alternative treatments for their depression.

Royce Mohan (seated) and Paola Bargagna-Mohan are part of a team of UConn researchers developing an imaging technique that will signal problems in blood vessels near the eye that could lead to vision loss. (Janine Gelineau/UConn Health Photo)

Eyeing Early Detection of Precursor to Blindness

UConn scientists are working with a biomarker to enable earlier detection of a condition that leads to age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in the U.S.

Dr. Phillip P. Smith is conducting research on the connection between the human brain and its regulation of the bladder as we age. (Shutterstock Photo)

Mind Over Bladder: The Brain-Organ Connection

UConn Health's Dr. Phillip P. Smith is conducting research on the brain's connection with bladder function as we age.

UConn Health researcher Kourosh Parham has found a new biomarker that may facilitate early diagnosis of hearing loss in patients before their condition becomes severe. (Frank Barton/UConn Health Photo).

Detecting Hearing Loss, Vertigo Via Blood Tests

A UConn physician-scientist has filed for patents on blood tests that can provide early diagnosis of these common disorders.

Elderly woman with caregiver figuring out a jigsaw puzzle at nursing home. (iStock Photo)

Tackling Depression, Delirium, and Dementia at Home

UConn Health has received a $6 million federal grant to study the effectiveness of teams offering care for older adults at home.

An elderly woman is evaluated for memory loss. (iStock Photo)

When Memory Loss Should Concern You

UConn Health's Dr. Patrick Coll recommends early screening for those with memory loss, to try to slow dementia's progression.