Aging Research Headlines
The Latest Healthspan Q & A with Expert Sheldon Rowan Is Now Available
Sheldon Rowan, Ph.D., is a scientist and assistant professor at the Tufts University Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging. In our latest edition of the Healthspan Expert Q & A, we talk with him about age-related macular degeneration, nutrition, and healthy aging. Read the Q & A here.
Chocolate Consumption May Lower AFib Risk
Harvard researchers say eating a small amount of chocolate regularly can decrease the risk of atrial fibrillation (AFib). The study found that the rate of AFib was 20 percent lower for people who consumed two to six servings of chocolate per week, compared to people who only ate chocolate once per month. While chocolate may assist in reducing the risk of AFib, the researchers say it's still important to practice moderation. "This is not carte blanche to eat large amounts of chocolate," said study author Elizabeth Mostofsky. "Moderate amounts of dark chocolate as part of a healthy diet would be a good choice." Read more here.
Could A Vaccine Cure Alzheimer's? A California Research Team Hopes So
A research team at the University of Southern California says it is working on a vaccine for Alzheimer's disease. In August, the researchers will begin testing a vaccine that targets amyloid proteins in older adults. The team will keep track of those who are vaccinated to discover if the progression of Alzheimer's disease can be delayed. Read more here.
Playing An Instrument Can Protect Brain Health
A recent study found that playing a musical instrument can help older adults maintain their listening abilities and decrease the risk of cognitive decline. Experts at Baycrest Health Sciences say learning to play an instrument modifies brain waves, allowing a person's hearing skills to improve within a short timeframe. The study determined this change in brain activity also shows evidence of "the brain's ability to rewire itself and compensate for injuries or diseases that may hamper a person's capacity to perform tasks." Read more here.
Dog Ownership May Help Older Adults Stay In Shape
Owning a dog may be beneficial to older adults' health, according to a study from Glasgow Caledonian University. The researchers discovered a connection between dog ownership and activity levels, finding that older dog owners walked for 22 extra minutes than their peers who do not own dogs. Learn more here.
2017 Focus on Eye Health National Summit, Washington, D.C., June 28, 2017
Prevent Blindness will host the annual Focus on Eye Health National Summit at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on June 28, 2017. This year's theme is "What's in Sight?" and will include a wide array of presentations on the topic.
The event's agenda will feature programming focusing on public health topics, such as health policy, surveillance, health promotion, and state/community programs.
The event is free, but space is limited. For more information and to register, go here.
Joint AGS/NIA Conference on Sensory Impairment and Cognitive Decline, Bethesda, Md., October 2-3, 2017
The American Geriatics Society (AGS) and the National Institute on Aging (NIA) are sponsoring a conference focused on sensory impairment and cognitive decline. The conference is the first in a new three-part series of U13 Bench-to-Bedside Conferences. The event will provide attendees with opportunities to learn about cutting-edge research, participate in creating recommendations for future research, and network with colleagues and leaders in the field.
Applications are due by June 9, 2017 and applicants will be notified if they are invited to participate by the end of July.
Applicants must meet the following criteria:
1. At least 1-2 years of research experience in a related field.
2. Hold an MD or PhD or equivalent degree.
3. Have an academic appointment as a research fellow, instructor, or faculty member.
For more information on participating or to learn more about the conference, contact Elisha Medina-Gallagher, Manager for Special Projects at [email protected] or 212-308-1414