From news you can use to finds you might love, click through our picks from the week online.
Injecting some young blood It’s already a part of our language; now scientists have confirmed that a dose of younger blood has the power to rejuvenate. The research, which involved younger and older mice, found that certain proteins in blood counteract the aging process and might even reverse it: The older mice had significant improvements in skeletal, cognitive and heart health. These groundbreaking findings are a starting point for scientists to look into how injections of plasma might benefit people with Alzheimer’s and some other diseases of aging. While the researchers dig deeper and look at potential side effects, new companies have already been created to explore possible applications of the findings. Read more here.
The world’s oldest man lives on Manhattan’s Upper West Side
Dr. Alexander Imich, 111 1/4 years old, became the world’s oldest supercentenarian male when the previous record holder died last month in Italy at almost 112. When a New York Times reporter asked him how his new title feels, Imich answered, “It’s not like it’s the Nobel Prize.” A zoologist and student of the occult who emigrated from Poland decades ago, Imich says his secret to longevity includes good genes and eating sparingly; others say it’s his curious mind. Read more about Imich at the New York Times and watch the video below from News 4 NY.
Making America livable for all AARP released its “Beyond 50.05:Report to the Nation on Livable Communities,” which looks at how our communities and circumstances dovetail with “successful aging” and makes recommendations for the future. See the whole report – with its dozens of fascinating charts and survey results! – here.
RVing into old age The New York Times talked to older Americans who’ve decided against aging in place and have opted for the RV life instead – big, super-outfitted motorhomes that allow for plenty of freedom as well as comfort. Curious? Read more about that here.
Health: No more excuse for wine & chocolate :( Another study poked holes in earlier research that had suggested resveratrol, a substance found in red wine and chocolate, helps us avoid heart problems and cancer, and add years to our lives. The new study, which followed a large group of men and women in Italy’s Chianti region, says none of these claims appear to hold up. Too bad. Maybe if we wait a couple of years, another study will prove this one wrong? Read more on WebMD
Health: Back to Bagels! If you’re one of the many people who’s sworn off wheat for health reasons, listen up: A new study says the notion of gluten intolerance might be bogus. The study explored the question of whether people without celiac disease can suffer health effects from eating wheat and other gluten (notably, from rye and barley) and concluded that a diet high in refined carbohydrates of any kind is not so great for us – but if we’re going to gorge, it may as well be on bagels. Read more here.
You’re as young as your grip A pair of researchers has stumbled on a new measure of health and longevity: a person’s grip! And it seems they are not the first to show that the firmness of our grip is a fairly accurate predictor of how long we will live and how healthy we will stay as we age. Read more at the Washington Post.
Living past 90 A retirement home in Southern California is the source of a new study that answers the question, “How can we age healthily?” in surprising ways. 60 Minutes reports.
- Brain health U.S. health law now requires Medicare to cover an annual evaluation for cognitive impairment. Should you do it? Kaiser health news advises.
- Cheap travel As the travel season heats up, the Huffington post’s Savvy Senior takes a look at travel discounts for seniors.
- Where to retire Bankrate has published its annual 10 Best States for retirement list, based on weather, access to healthcare, cost of living and other purely practical factors.