Healthy Aging

Restricting Calories Could Be 'Fountain Of Youth'

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 11.19.2014 | Canada Living

Going on a diet — the old fashioned kind that heeds no promise to curb hunger — can halt the normal rise and fall of over 900 different genes rela...

Healthy Aging: You Are as Old as You Want to Be

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 01.06.2015 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

In other words, the way we think of ourselves as we grow older determines at least to some extent how well or how poorly we fare. If we perceive aging purely as a loss of vigor and vitality, nature will probably help us along on that path. If we see it as a chance to continue with life's journey, albeit perhaps in different ways, we may reap unexpected rewards.

Why Creative People Age Better

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 09.24.2014 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Do creative and artistically inclined people have advantages over the rest of us mere mortals who can barely draw a stick figure or whistle a simple tune? There are indications that individuals who are able to use their talents also tend to fare better in other ways, including their physical and mental health, compared to others whose existence mainly consists of repetitiveness and routine. Still, scientists have never been able to prove that creativity is indeed a contributing factor to humans' well-being.

Another Good Reason To Speak Two Languages

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 06.04.2014 | Canada Living

A study from the University of Edinburgh suggests that being bilingual may help slow our rate of cognitive decline. The research aimed to answer th...

Having A Sweet Tooth May Actually Be Good For You

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 05.21.2014 | Canada Living

Two recent studies indicating that changes in one's tasting capacities could affect overall health and longevity have the potential to disprove the ol...

If You Eat Less, Do You Live Longer?

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 06.03.2014 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Studies on longevity in connection with diet and lifestyle were undertaken as early as the 16th century. Two relatively recent studies tested independently from each other the impact of calorie restriction on health and mortality in rhesus monkeys. Both came up with opposite results.

Do This To Get a Good Night's Sleep

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 04.25.2014 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Many people with sleep troubles are tempted to take sleeping pills or supplements containing melatonin and the likes, and that may indeed be part of the solution. But there can also be a risk of addiction. Be advised that most of these remedies have side effects and should not be taken without consulting a physician.

Being "Over the Hill" Can Have Its Upside, Too

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 04.16.2014 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Feelings of happiness, or at least contentment, seem to be most common among the maturing crowd. One reason may be that older people find it easier to derive pleasure from relatively ordinary experiences such as taking a walk, sharing a meal with loved ones, or pursuing a hobby.

Take Charge of your Aging

Dr. Jennifer Pearlman | Posted 04.13.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Jennifer Pearlman

The new science of aging is shedding light on the coveted fountain of youth. It is at this critical time that we have the most important opportunity to take charge of our aging. Forget aging gracefully, our generation can choose to age proactively and design the second half of our lives.

How the Mind Changes As You Age

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 04.03.2014 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

In addition to a certain amount of slowing brain activity that may be inevitable as time passes, it may also be that the aging brain undergoes subtle structural changes to deal with the wealth of information that was accumulated over a lifetime.

Be Positive And You Might Live Longer

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 03.25.2014 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Those who reported having fun, doing things that gave them pleasure, maintaining an active social life, etc. were found to develop fewer impairments and showed slower declines compared to those who were less upbeat. In fact, differences in attitude seemed to produce remarkable results.

The 8 Things You're Doing To Make Yourself Look Older

Everyday Health | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living

By Chris Iliades, MD; Medically reviewed by Lindsey Marcellin, MD, MPH How you look and feel when you’re older may depend on how you live you...

Want To Avoid The Nursing Home? Think Positive

AFP/Relaxnews | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Living

Leading an independent life well into old age and keeping chronic diseases at bay could be as simple as adopting a positive, sprightly attitude and en...

Try This Exercise Program For Your Brain

Dr. Jennifer Pearlman | Posted 01.27.2014 | Canada Living
Dr. Jennifer Pearlman

What does an exercise program for your brain look like? Research supports partaking in brain games (available as apps on your smart phone), word challenges such as crossword puzzles or Sudoku, card games like bridge and learning new skills (like a new language). Challenge your brain every day.

Healthy Aging: The Next Frontier of Medical Research?

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Rather than spending all of their time fighting diseases, medical researchers should focus more on how we can enable an aging population to stay healthy for as long as possible, according to a study conducted by some of the country's top universities.

Time Seems to Fly in the Later Years of Life

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 09.24.2013 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Time flies, whether we have fun or not. Time also seems to pass more quickly as we age. Of course, the notion that time goes by with greater speed in our later years is nothing but an illusion. Some experts believe that our time perception is strongly influenced by two mental functions, namely attention and memory.

Can Travel Make You Smarter?

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 08.10.2013 | Canada Travel
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

Can travel improve our mental capacities? Scientists in Germany, who conducted a recent study of how our minds respond to new experiences that come with travel and exploration, say yes. And it does not only apply to humans. Even the tiny brains of lab mice seem to benefit from roaming around.

Getting Older? Age The Right Way

Everyday Health | Posted 09.06.2012 | Canada Style

By Diana Rodriguez, Everyday Health Getting older involves change, both negative and positive, but you can enjoy aging if you understand what’s ...

Healthy Aging: Exercising the Body Benefits the Mind, Too

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 09.20.2012 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

While regular physical activity has long been regarded as an important component of healthy aging, its impact on mental health has remained less explored -- until now. Several new studies on the role of exercise for the prevention of mental decline in older adults have been presented at this year's Alzheimer's Association International Conference (AAIC) in Vancouver, Canada.