Tag Archives: exceptional longevity

Aging like a fine wine

Recent research indicates that we may actually get better with age… in some ways, anyway. Although increases in age are associated with physiological decline, it looks as if emotional resilience and a positive self-image help to keep us young and happy. Here’s a link to the news article:

http://www.biosciencetechnology.com/news/2012/12/paradox-aging-older-we-get-better-we-feel

And a link to the primary research:

http://ajp.psychiatryonline.org/article.aspx?articleid=1478351

DNA Methylation Declines with Age | The Scientist

DNA Methylation Declines with Age | The Scientist.

DNA methylation is one method by which the expression of our genes (how much protein our genes make and when) can be changed within mere minutes. With age, our genes make proteins less reliably – they’re produced (or not) at inappropriate times or at inappropriate levels. Some researchers think this phenomenon can lead to age-related disease. This article in The Scientist gives an update on the status of research on why and how this wide-scale gene dysregulation happens, and how it relates to the aging process.

Studying both ends of that burning candle

A nice article on an excellent complimentary approach to “traditional” aging research. Instead of focusing on what goes wrong in Early-Agers, let’s focus on them, AND on what is different from normal in Super-Agers!

National Post | News

Louise Levy attends regular Tai-chi classes, retired three years ago from her secretarial job and says she would still be driving today if her car had not “conked out before I did.” None of which would be particularly unusual, except Mrs. Levy is 101 years old.

“My mind is still clear and I don’t have a memory problem,” says the resident of Rye, N.Y., about the latest chapter in a life that began when movies were silent and the Model-T Ford cutting edge. “It’s been absolutely marvelous.”

Mrs. Levy’s long and generally healthy life is the focus of a fascinating scientific study, itself at the forefront of a little-noticed but radical approach to medical research. Turning upside down the traditional quest to understand and cure specific diseases, some researchers are examining instead healthy and long-lived humans and animals for their biological secrets.

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More evidence of the importance of nutrition in aging well

We all know that nutrition is important to our health, but it’s when we see articles like this recently published one, “Blueberry extract prolongs lifespan in Drosophila melanogaster,” or this slightly older one, “Concord grape juice supplementation improves memory function in older adults with mild cognitive impairment” that we are reminded of just how literal and direct the positive results of a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables can be.

Bowhead whales revealed as the world’s oldest living mammals

… and it’s all because of stone harpoon points found embedded in the whales’ bodies. Amazing story…

Popular Science Articles:

http://www2.gi.alaska.edu/ScienceForum/ASF15/1529.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-461703/Whale-survives-harpoon-attack-130-years-ago-worlds-oldest-mammal.html

Photo credit: Craig George and Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission

Some of the science behind the reports (let me know if you can’t access the paper):

http://www.nrcresearchpress.com/doi/pdf/10.1139/z99-015