“Historically and anecdotally, yoga has been thought to be beneficial in ageing well, but this is the scientific demonstration of that benefit…We’re converting historical wisdom into the high level of evidence required for doctors to recommend therapy to their patients. [Read more…] about How to properly “Use it or Lose it”: Kundalini Yoga vs. Crossword Puzzles
“In the UK, dementia has fallen by a fifth over the past 20 years, possibly down to lifestyle and education changes, highlighting benefits of preventative action…
A team from three British universities concluded that as a result the number of new cases of dementia is lower than had been predicted in the 1990s [Read more…] about UK study: Dementia rates significantly lower than forecasted–especially for men–highlighting the protective role of lifestyle and education
The Council on the Ageing Society is one of the Global Agenda Councils created by the World Economic Forum in 2008. It addresses global issues associated with our ageing society and has the task of challenging prevailing assumptions, monitoring trends, proposing solutions, devising strategies, and making public policy proposals. It is composed of scientists, public policy makers, academics, physicians and business leaders, including our very own Alvaro Fernandez.
The first report of the Council on the Ageing Society was published this month in Global Policy. In this ?rst publication [Read more…] about First Report of the Council on the Ageing Society
Heading to Dubai today (a 15-hour direct flight!), coming back to San Francisco next Monday.
- Overview: Network of Global Agenda Councils
- List of Councils: Here
- List of Members: Here
- Members of Ageing Society Council: Here
- Info on 2009 Summit: Here
- Report from 2008 Summit: Here (opens PDF in new window)
Twitter: #WEFDubai. Will tweet during the event, and blog about it next week.
Welcome to the third edition of Hourglass, the monthly virtual gathering of bloggers to discuss the Biology of Aging.
For today’s edition, let’s imagine all participants sitting around a table leading a lively Questions & Answers session, discussing as a group, listening, talking. (And, well, aging.)
Q: What is aging?
Ms. Wikipedia: “Ageing or aging (American English) is the accumulation of changes in an organism or object over time. Ageing in humans refers to a multidimensional process of physical, psychological, and social change. Some dimensions of ageing grow and expand over time, while others decline. Reaction time, for example, may slow with age, while knowledge of world events and wisdom may expand.”
Aging may not be the sexiest of words in our vocabulary. Unless, of course (as I heard somewhere recently but can’t properly credit), you consider the most common alternative.
Q: If the objective of anti-aging research is to extend lifespan, isn’t there a risk that we may neglect quality of life. After all, would people really like to spend more years afflicted by the diseases and the decline that often come with age?
Ed (dragged to the discussion by Chris and Alvaro): I have relatively good news to share. A recent University of Southern Denmark found that the proportion of elderly Danes who manage to remain independent holds steady at [Read more…] about Hourglass #3: the biology of aging