What can a simple fruit fly teach us about ageing?

A recent study could lead to interventions that extend human lifespan and improve health in our later years. Based on new evidence regarding a DNA-based theory of ageing, this field aims to attenuate diseases of ageing such as cancer, hypertension and Alzheimer’s disease. Ageing research dates back many years, but thanks to scientists at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging the field has become more widely … Continue reading What can a simple fruit fly teach us about ageing?

Exercise, Hip Hop-eration and the Impact of Dance on New Zealand’s Elderly

As people age, body systems and cognitive functional abilities decline at various levels. A person’s mobility is also compromised, making it hard to maintain balance, strength and stability. It is widely known that exercise contributes to increased longevity as well as a diverse range of benefits that promote optimal and holistic health for all. The effectiveness of frequent physical activity and exercise can reduce the … Continue reading Exercise, Hip Hop-eration and the Impact of Dance on New Zealand’s Elderly

Menopausal Experiences Among Major Ethnic Groups in the U.S.

The world’s population is rapidly aging and women make up the majority of seniors in every country due to their higher life expectancy. There will be over 60 million peri- and post-menopausal women in the United States by 2030 and about 1.2 billion throughout the world. Menopause Experiences in the United States In the U.S., menopause often begins at the age of 51 with most … Continue reading Menopausal Experiences Among Major Ethnic Groups in the U.S.

How Social Factors Affect Diabetes Prevalence Among U.S. Hispanic Subgroups

Early this month, Global Health Aging published an article about the dangers of type 2 diabetes among older Hispanics. The focus will now be on the prevalence of this disease among Hispanics including the impact of age, food habits, urbanization and length of stay in the U.S. People of Latino and Hispanic descent are at a high risk of type 2 diabetes and related conditions. … Continue reading How Social Factors Affect Diabetes Prevalence Among U.S. Hispanic Subgroups

Integrating Alternative Medicine with Geriatric Care in Australia

In the last 20 years, aromatherapy in geriatric care has grown extensively especially in the Oceania region. This treatment uses plant-derived, aromatic essential oils to promote physical and psychological well-being. Age-related conditions such as dementia and arthritis as well as respiratory diseases, blood pressure and skin changes can benefit greatly from aromatherapy. A survey from the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health (ALSWH) identified significant … Continue reading Integrating Alternative Medicine with Geriatric Care in Australia

Sexual Health and Intimacy in Later Life

The concept that older adults cannot have intimacy or a satisfying sex life is misleading. One basic need involves emotionally based relationships which play a vital role in the overall human experience. People have a universal need to belong and to love and having intimate relationships provides social networks and emotional support to older adults. As people grow older, they want and need to be … Continue reading Sexual Health and Intimacy in Later Life