Jan Montague

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Finally, a cure for insomnia?

We live in a golden age of sleeplessness. The buzz of the all-night streetlamps, the natter of 24-hour news anchors, the scrolling Niagaras of social media feeds have built a world that is hostile to sleep. Night is no longer clearly delineated from day. The bedroom is no longer a refuge from the …

Walking Might Be The Best Exercise There Is

I spend a lot of time at Lake Merritt, down the road from my apartment in Oakland, California. An adjacent footpath circumnavigates the lake and is exactly 3.1 miles long. If I’m out there on a Tuesday, Thursday, or Saturday, I inevitably bump into Ken. It’s impossible not to. Ken, an older …

How Clif Bar Helps Employees Do Good in Retirement

Many workers nearing retirement consider working part-time at a nonprofit as their next act. But a lack of experience in the nonprofit world stops …

Middle Age

30 Surprising Signs You'll Live to 100

It's the little things you do that add years to your life.<p>Consider this: In the 20th century, the average life expectancy shot up 30 years—the greatest gain in 5,000 years of human history. And this: Centenarians—folks who make it into the triple digits—aren't such an exclusive club anymore, …

Health

Preventing Muscle Loss as We Age

“Use it or lose it.” I’m sure you’re familiar with this advice. And I hope you’ve been following it. I certainly thought <i>I</i> was. I usually do two physical activities a day, alternating among walking, cycling and swimming. I do floor exercises for my back daily, walk up and down many stairs and tackle …

Muscle

C. Diff Infections Are Falling, Thanks To Better Cleaning And Fewer Antibiotics

The risk of getting a deadly, treatment-resistant infection in a hospital or nursing home is dropping for the first time in decades, thanks to new guidelines on antibiotic use and stricter cleaning standards in care facilities.<p>The rate of new <i>Clostridium difficile</i>or C. diff infections climbed year …

Public Health

Your guide to natural sweeteners

Sugar, especially the bright white, refined kind we all grew up with, has always been a nutritional no-no. It spikes your blood sugar, increases …

Nutrition

This “city” for people with dementia is the future of memory care

“It’s going back to how we did it before we institutionalized our way of treating elderly,” says one of the architects.<p>The average nursing home can be depressingly institutional. For the growing number of people suffering from dementia, these facilities are even worse: Their repetitive architecture …

Alzheimer's Disease

The connection between busy hands and brain chemistry

<i>"Admiring your own handiwork" is a familiar expression containing an important truth about the mind. We handed this particular story to our Tony</i> …

The Brain

Science Explains What Happens to Someone’s Brain From Complaining Every Day

“Thought changes structure … I saw people rewire their brains with their thoughts, to cure previously incurable obsessions and trauma.” ~ Norman …

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Want a Happy Marriage? Science Says Couples Should Do These 7 Things for Each Other Often

Author Eric Barker dissects the book, "The All-or-Nothing Marriage: How the Best Marriages Work," and discovers science-backed behaviors for a happy marriage.<p>How many motivational books have you read? You know how it goes, right? The author conveys his or her version of the secrets of life, …

Author

The Best Friends™ Dementia Bill of Rights<p>When Virginia Bell and David Troxel created the Alzheimer’s Bill of Rights in the 1990s, they wanted to …

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Lowering Your Blood Pressure Could Reduce Alzheimer’s Risk, New Research Shows

Margaret Daffodil Graham tries to live a healthy life, particularly since she has a health issue that requires constant attention. Like more than 100 …

‘Find Your Passion’ Is Awful Advice

A major new study questions the common wisdom about how we should choose our careers.<p>Carol Dweck, a psychology professor at Stanford University, remembers asking an undergraduate seminar recently, “How many of you are waiting to find your passion?”<p>“Almost all of them raised their hand and got …

Self-improvement

The Power of Positive People

Are you spending time with the right people for your health and happiness?<p>While many of us focus primarily on diet and exercise to achieve better health, science suggests that our well-being also is influenced by the company we keep. Researchers have found that certain health behaviors appear to be …

The "Big Bang" of Alzheimer’s: Breakthrough study uncovers genesis of the disease

Impressive new research led by scientists at UT Southwestern, has discovered the earliest point in a neurodegenerative process that is thought to …

Neuroscience

How Staffing Fluctuates at Nursing Homes Around the United States

The number of workers at more than 14,000 nursing homes across the nation varies drastically.

'Skinny Fat' Pairing May Predict Cognitive Skills in Older Adults

A new study has found low muscle mass and strength in the context of high fat mass may be an important predictor of cognitive performance in older …

No, Really: This Is the Secret to Age-Proofing Your Brain

When you think about age-proofing your brain, what's the first thing that springs to mind? Eating healthier food, exercising more, and quitting bad …

The Brain

A few more words on Alzheimer's prevention: Tap water? Caviar? Twinkies?

Lisa Mosconi, an Italian-born neuroscientist and nutritionist, had no idea how important the taste of water was to her until she moved to New York City and took a long sip from the tap.<p>"This is supposed to be the best water in America," she said, "but it tasted awful. It was disgusting."<p>She set off …

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57 Ways to Lose Weight Forever, According to Science

The ultimate list of research-backed weight loss tips that will keep the pounds off for good.

This is how to easily make your relationships awesome: 4 secrets

Relationships are important.<p>Like, more-important-than-Vitamin-C important. Scurvy is no fun but a lack of relationships might kill you faster.<p>A study …

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Happiness project: Balancing mind, body and soul

In 2014, it created a stir when a Buddhist monk from a Tibetan monastery taught mindful meditation to the movers and shakers of the World Economic …

World Economic Forum

Older Americans will outnumber youths in just 17 years

The number of Americans over retirement age will be greater than those under 18 by 2035, the first time in American history.<p>New projections from the …

What sugar does to your brain

To tell the story of what sugar does to your brain, you have to start with the thought that triggers your need for a hit of sweetness.<p>It often …

Lack of Social Connectedness and Its Consequences

Isolation, loneliness, and a lack of social connections mark the lives of millions of older adults. Elders can be ignored in public settings—one …

Psychology