Air pollution may contribute to Alzheimer’s and dementia risk – here's what we're learning from brain scans
The tiny air pollutants known as PM2.5, emitted by vehicles, factories and power plants, aren’t just a hazard for lungs. A study finds more brain shrinkage in older women exposed to pollution.
Jan. 5, 2021 • ~7 min
These at-home exercises can help older people boost their immune system and overall health in the age of COVID-19
Older adults, who are at a higher risk for COVID-19 complications, can strengthen their immune systems by exercising.
Nov. 24, 2020 • ~7 min
Healing is a complicated process. As people age, higher rates of disease and the fact that old cells lose the ability to divide slow this process down.
Nov. 24, 2020 • ~9 min
Over one-third of America’s COVID-19 deaths have been nursing home residents. Employee policies, particularly for low-paid aides, have sharply raised the risk.
Nov. 23, 2020 • ~8 min
A study of 800 Black American families shows early experiences of racism have long-term consequences for physical and mental health.
Nov. 17, 2020 • ~5 min
Nearly two-thirds of older Black Americans can't afford to live alone without help – and it's even tougher for Latinos
Elder economic insecurity is a problem for all races, but it's far more common for people of color, particularly in certain states.
Nov. 17, 2020 • ~8 min
Older people like President Trump are at more risk from COVID-19 because of how the immune system ages
Older coronavirus patients face grimmer outlooks. A virologist explains the aging-related changes in how immune systems work that are to blame.
Oct. 2, 2020 • ~7 min
Americans 65 and older are living longer. The change toward longer old age in the U.S. will have profound effects on health care needs, families and what it means to be old.
Sept. 25, 2020 • ~6 min
September is Alzheimer's Awareness Month and therefore a good time to talk about dementia. Alzheimer's is the most common dementia, but there are others to be aware of, a gerontologist explains.
Sept. 1, 2020 • ~9 min
The social isolation older adults are experiencing as they try to stay safe from the coronavirus pandemic is raising new mental health risks, but people can take steps to protect themselves.
Aug. 4, 2020 • ~9 min