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 Stories about 100-year-olds marking birthdays have been replaced by those about centenarians running marathons.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.
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.
UConn Pilots New Measure of How Fast You Walk
A sudden slowdown in gait speed signals a senior's health is in decline.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.