Tag Archives: aging

Tony Bennett’s Family Reveals His Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

AARP Magazine reports: Tony Bennett has Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of age-related dementia. Alzheimer’s is characterized by a progressive memory loss that robs its sufferers of many of the gifts that we all take for granted — speech, understanding, treasured memories, recognition of loved ones — and leaves them utterly dependent on caregivers. Although he can still recognize …

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WaPo: When Should Senate’s Octogenarians Exit?

The Washington Post reports: A few years ago, Sens. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) and Patrick J. Leahy (D-Vt.) established unusual benchmarks for deciding whether to run for reelection in 2022, potential six-year terms that would end with Grassley in his mid-90s and Leahy in his late 80s. Today, seven senators are at least 80 years old, the second-largest number of …

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Concerns Grow About Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s Memory

Forward reports: Dianne Feinstein’s short-term memory is failing, causing the senior Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee to forget briefings immediately after they take place and even failing to remember things she has just said, according to a new report in the New Yorker. Feinstein is 87 years old and successfully won reelection in 2018 with the support of former …

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US Researchers Report Advance In Alzheimer’s Vaccine

CBS News reports: University of New Mexico researchers are working on a vaccine they hope could prevent Alzheimer’s disease, UNM’s Health and Sciences Department Associate Professor Kiran Bhaskar, who’s been passionate about studying the disease for the last decade, says the work started with an idea in 2013. Bhaskar and his team started to test the vaccine on mice. It …

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Trump Scales Back Fines On Abusive Nursing Homes

The New York Times reports: The Trump administration is scaling back the use of fines against nursing homes that harm residents or place them in grave risk of injury, part of a broader relaxation of regulations under the president. The shift in the Medicare program’s penalty protocols was requested by the nursing home industry. The American Health Care Association, the …

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Promising Results For New Alzheimer’s Drug

CNN reports: An experimental drug shattered and removed toxic plaques in the brains of patients with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease, researchers said Thursday. Given to patients once a month for a year, infusions of the drug aducanumab cleared the brain of the deposits, which experts believe play a crucial role in disrupting cellular processes and blocking communication among nerve cells. Although …

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NEW JERSEY: Researchers Claim 100% Accuracy With New Blood Test To Detect Early-Stage Alzheimer’s

CBS News reports: Early detection of Alzheimer’s Disease may be more possible than ever thanks to a group of researchers from Rowan University. The team of researchers was led by Dr. Robert Nagele from the university’s School of Osteopathic Medicine and Durin Technologies. The group announced that they have developed a blood test that uses the immune system to find …

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Politico: The GOP Is Literally Dying Off

Via Politico: Since the average Republican is significantly older than the average Democrat, far more Republicans than Democrats have died since the 2012 elections. To make matters worse, the GOP is attracting fewer first-time voters. Unless the party is able to make inroads with new voters, or discover a fountain of youth, the GOP’s slow demographic slide will continue election …

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Madonna Vents On Ageism

“It’s still the one area where you can totally discriminate against somebody. and talk shit. Because of their age. Only females, though. Not males. So in that respect we still live in a very sexist society. No one would dare to say a degrading remark about being black or dare to say a degrading remark on Instagram about someone being …

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Anxiety Meds Linked To Alzheimer’s

According to a study issued this week, long-term use of anti-anxiety and insomnia drugs may dramatically increase the odds of developing Alzheimer’s. Regular use of benzodiazepines — which include medications such as Valium (diazepam), Ativan (lorazepam), Xanax (alprazolam) and Klonopin (clonazepam) — is associated with as much as a 51 percent increased risk for Alzheimer’s among people who use the …

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Daddy Days Returns To Provincetown

After a successful launch last year, Daddy Days is returning to Provincetown for the week of August 10th – 17th. The event is again sponsored, unsurprisingly, by the website DaddyHunt. Via press release: “The success of last year’s DaddyDays showed us how much we needed an event like this,” says Carl Sandler, founder of Daddyhunt. “Love and sex aren’t limited …

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Can “Young Blood” Cure Alzheimer’s?

Via the New York Times: Two teams of scientists published studies on Sunday showing that blood from young mice reverses aging in old mice, rejuvenating their muscles and brains. As ghoulish as the research may sound, experts said that it could lead to treatments for disorders like Alzheimer’s disease and heart disease. “I am extremely excited,” said Rudolph Tanzi, a …

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Blood Test Can Predict Alzheimer’s

Via CNN: In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers have developed a blood test for Alzheimer’s disease that predicts with astonishing accuracy whether a healthy person will develop the disease. Though much work still needs to be done, it is hoped the test will someday be available in doctors’ offices, since the only methods for predicting Alzheimer’s right now, such as PET …

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Michelle Obama: “I’m Fifty And Fabulous”

Today is the First Lady’s 50th birthday. Michelle Obama’s not just embracing her half-century milestone, she’s relishing it. Describing herself as “50 and fabulous,” the “Let’s Move” creator is getting ready to move herself on Saturday — as in show off some dance moves — with a big birthday celebration at the White House. And when asked if she has …

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HomoQuotable – Michelangelo Signorile

“Let’s cut the ageist crap. The ‘yuk’ is a display of nothing but disgust for someone older. Yes, [Dustin Lance] Black is old enough to be [Tom] Daley’s father. But he’s not. If Black were just a couple of years older than Daley, he could be his brother too. But he’s not. Shocking news for you: You’re all going to …

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The Moob-Busting Shirt

So there’s an undershirt that’s billed as “moob-busting.” Via Gizmodo: Not only does the Funkybod t-shirt promise to camouflage manboobs, it also creates the illusion you’ve got a muscular toned physique, no matter how frail you might be in real life. It’s all thanks to a set of subtle plates—presumably made of a comfortable foam—that accentuate your shoulder, bicep, lat, …

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Aging Simulation

Via Huffington Post: Watching it never grows old. Anthony Cerniello’s aging simulation video (above) is blowing minds across the Web not only for its haunting effect — but for his painstaking process to achieve it. Cerniello used his friend Danielle as a model and turned her into a composite by combining photos of her relatives, young and old, who have …

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STUDY: Sex Keeps You Younger Looking

According to a British study: “My message is that lovemaking is good,” Dr. David Weeks told the British Psychological Society. Former head of old age psychology at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital, Weeks said he spent a decade prying into the private lives of thousands of men and women of all ages. Weeks found that sexual pleasure is a “crucial factor” …

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Oldest Man In History Dies At Age 116

The oldest man in the history of the world has died in Japan at the age of 116. Jiroemon Kimura, a former postman, died of natural causes in hospital in his hometown of Kyotango, western Japan, in the early hours of Wednesday, city officials told CNN. In December, Kimura had been recognized by Guinness World Records as the world’s oldest …

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On Failing Gaydar

Fred Bernstein writes for the New York Times: The real reason my gaydar has failed is that there is no such thing as gaydar. No item of clothing, speech pattern, hairstyle or career choice (or even facial topography) is enough to identify someone as gay. In reality, the way you know, when you enter a room, if another man is …

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