Aging Research Headlines
TODAY at 2 PM EST/Join the Alliance for Aging Research for a Twitter Chat on How to #Save4Health
As Americans plan for retirement, many are overlooking a critical part: the need to save for health care costs. Sixty-two percent of retired seniors age 65+ and nearly three out of four non-retired adults ages 50 to 64 have less in total retirement savings than what experts recommend saving for health care costs alone. Today at 2 p.m. EST, join this Twitter chat on Planning for Health Costs in Retirement to learn about the health costs associated with retirement and insights on how people can prepare for them. Follow on Twitter using: #Save4Health. Learn more here.
New Campaign Offers 'Wellness Wisdom' about Vaccines for Medicare Open Enrollment
To promote the importance of vaccination among older adults, the Alliance for Aging Research in partnership with the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) has launched the Our Best Shot awareness campaign. The release of the campaign coincides with the start of Medicare Open Enrollment and targets misinformation about the safety and effectiveness of vaccines. The campaign features new fact sheets on the preventive services Medicare provides and facts about vaccines, as well as a quick guide to the recommended vaccine schedule for older adults. Learn more here.
Healthy Gut Bacteria May Mean Healthy Aging
Researchers at the Lawson Health Research Institute of Western University in Canada and the Tianyi Health Science Institute in China found that healthy older adults have gut microbiota similar to that of healthy 30-year-olds. The team said there is a strong link between a healthy gut and healthy aging, which led them to conclude that "resetting an elderly microbiota to that of 30-year-old might help promote health." Learn more here.
Menopause May Trigger Brain Changes That Cause Alzheimer's Disease
A recent study determined that menopause triggers metabolic changes in the brain that may lead to an increased risk of Alzheimer's disease. The researchers found that menopausal and peri-menopausal patients exhibited decreased glucose metabolism in specific brain regions, which is usually found in early stage Alzheimer's disease. "Outcomes of this study will provide critical evidence for early changes in the aging female brain that are relevant to the two-fold greater lifetime risk in Alzheimer's disease. Importantly, these results indicate that we know when to intervene in the aging process to divert the potential for developing this devastating disease," said senior author and neuroscientist Dr. Roberta Brinton of the University of Arizona Health Sciences. Read more here.
Staying Sharp and in Shape Could Increase Lifespan
Scientists at the University of Edinburgh compared the genetic information of about 600,000 people alongside their parents' lifespan records to study longevity. The team found that education could lead to a longer life, with nearly a year added for each year spent studying beyond school. The study also discovered that being overweight cut down life expectancy by two months for every extra kilogram a person has. In addition to weight and education, the researchers noted that lifestyle choices such as drinking and smoking also play a role in longevity. Read more here.
American Society on Aging's Aging in America Conference, San Francisco, CA, March 26-28, 2018
The American Society on Aging (ASA) hosts the nation's largest multidisciplinary event on issues, challenges, and opportunities in aging. The event brings together nearly 3,000 attendees to learn and network on topics relating to the quality of life for older adults. The upcoming conference will take place in San Francisco from March 26-29, 2018.
Find more information about the conference here.