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.

When to Get 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

Effective Strategies for Hearing Loss Prevention

Patients often seek audiological care as treatment for existing hearing loss problems. Preventative audiology, however, can help patients maintain the health of their hearing and avoid losing hearing function in the future. The National Institute Read More

How to Prevent Elderly Cancer and Disease Risks

Cancer and disease are ailments that can affect young generations or older generations. However, many illnesses generally affect the elderly population. Considering the rise in health conditions for people over 65, there are several illnesses Read More

Aiding Aging Parents

4 tips to help overcome new challenges (Family Features) It’s not easy getting old, as the saying goes, and it can be even harder to watch your parents age. Helping aging parents transition into 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.