Aging Research Headlines
Study Finds SuperAgers' Brains Shrink More Slowly Than Peers' Brains
Researchers at Northwestern University say SuperAgers, or people over 80 years old with sharp memories, experience a slower loss of volume in their brain's cortex. This decreased level of shrinkage results in SuperAgers being more resistant to memory loss and dementia. "We found that SuperAgers are resistant to the normal rate of decline that we see in average elderly, and they're managing to strike a balance between life span and health span, really living well and enjoying their later years of life," said Emily Rogalski, senior author of the study. Learn more about the study here.
A Good Night's Sleep May Be Key to Health Aging
An article published in the journal Neuro says that a lack of sleep among older adults increases the risk of memory loss and mental and physical disorders. "We've done a good job of extending lifespan, but a poor job of extending our healthspan," said Matthew Walker, a University of California, Berkeley professor of psychology and neuroscience. "We now see sleep, and improving sleep, as a new pathway for helping remedy that." Find the full study here.
Pets Can Help Older Adults Maintain Physical and Mental Health
A strong bond with a pet helps older adults stay physically healthy and mentally happier, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Experts say pets provide social support without stress and can decrease feelings of isolation among older adults. Read more here.
Newly Launched Website Hopes to Demystify Science of Aging
Geroscience is a newly launched site that features the work of scientists and authors who are committed to educating the public about the science of aging. The site features new content on research and industry developments, as well as interviews with leading experts. Learn more about the website here.
Missed Last Month's Expert Q & A with Dr. Clifford Rosen? Read It Here!
In the last edition of the Healthspan Campaign, we interviewed Clifford J. Rosen, M.D., a senior scientist and director, Center for Clinical and Translational Research, at the Maine Medical Center Research Institute. We talked with him about osteoporosis, aging, and his love of running. Read his Q & A here.
Inclusion Across the Lifespan Workshop, NIH Main Campus, Bethesda, Md., June 1-2, 2017
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) will convene an expert workshop on appropriate inclusion of pediatric and older populations in research studies involving human subjects. The workshop will address barriers and opportunities for these populations to get involved in clinical studies.
The workshop will highlight several topics, some of which include:
1. What are the inclusion/exclusion criteria that may impact pediatric and older populations in clinical trials? What are the barriers to and the opportunities for inclusion of pediatric and older populations in clinical studies?
2. What are the best study designs to ensure the inclusion of a broad range of ages, gender, and race/ethnicity in a clinical trial or clinical study? What strategies are successful to ensure all ages are included when appropriate?
3. What are the ethical challenges when including those individuals under 18 years of age or frail/cognitively impaired older adults in trials? What are strategies to expand current successful practices for inclusion of these populations? When is it ethically justifiable to exclude vulnerable populations?
Registration for the event will open in the next few weeks. There is limited space for those who wish to attend in-person, but the workshop will also be videocast.
To learn more about the event, go here.