Condition Spotlight

Aging is inevitable, but healthy aging is a goal we should all shoot for. The key to longevity is to live a long like and being able to actively be involved in daily activities. There are a number of ways you can incorporate these objectives into your everyday life.

Being physically active, mentally aware and socially adapt are all important in living a long healthy life. We provide tips on diet, exercise, mind-body tools and more to help you live a healthy life.

Are You Losing Muscle as You Age?

Many of us work diligently to protect our cognitive and bone health as we age. But another critical aspect of wellness that many overlook is age-related muscle loss, or sarcopenia, a silent progression that can Read More

When Do You Need a Geriatrician?

Being in a good relationship with a physician who is well qualified to address your health care needs is a fundamental requirement for healthy aging. For some older adults, it may be necessary to switch Read More

7 Tips to Reduce the Risk of Dementia

Many people falsely believe that dementia is a normal part of aging and if we live long enough we will get demented. But the truth is that late-onset Alzheimer’s dementia is not normal aging. Dementia Read More

Don’t Let Dizziness Throw You Off Balance

Dizziness, also called vertigo, is the second most common medical complaint. According to the National Institutes of Health, dizziness strikes 70 percent of Americans at some point in their lives – as many as 90 million Read More

Your Diet and Your Risk of Dementia

As you age, your risk of dementia increases. Age is one of the greatest risk factors for dementia. The number of people suffering from this disease, which according to the World Health Organization is the Read More

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Aging is associated with changes in dynamic biological, physiological, environmental, psychological, behavioral, and social processes. Some age-related changes are benign, such as graying hair. Others result in declines in function of the senses and activities of daily life and increased susceptibility to and frequency of disease, frailty, or disability. In fact, advancing age is the major risk factor for a number of chronic diseases in humans.

Studies from the basic biology of aging using laboratory animals — and now extended to human populations — have led to the emergence of theories to explain the process. While there is no single “key” to explain aging, these studies have demonstrated that the rate of aging can be slowed, suggesting that targeting aging will coincidentally slow the appearance and/or reduce the burden of numerous diseases and increase healthspan (the portion of life spent in good health).

To develop new interventions for the prevention, early detection, diagnosis, and treatment of aging-related diseases, disorders, and disabilities, we must first understand their causes and the factors that place people at increased risk for their initiation and progression. Researchers are engaged in basic science at all levels of analysis, from molecular to social, to understand the processes of aging and the factors that determine who ages “well” and who is susceptible to age-related disease and disability. Research is also ongoing to identify the interactions among genetic, environmental, lifestyle, behavioral, and social factors and their influence on the initiation and progression of age-related diseases and degenerative conditions.