Aging

Senior Scholars Stay Connected with Lifelong Learning

May 8, 2019

Senior Scholars Stay Connected with Lifelong Learning

By UCLA50Plus uclafiftyplus

UCLA Senior Scholars is a membership program that provides opportunities for older adults to connect with UCLA’s academic community. Membership benefits include auditing privileges at more than 100 UCLA undergraduate courses in various subject areas. Members attend lectures and follow along with class readings, but do not take tests, write papers or receive grades. Studies […]

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Tags: Senior Scholars


Colon-Cancer Screenings Save Lives

May 8, 2019

Colon-Cancer Screenings Save Lives

By UCLA50Plus uclafiftyplus

March was “Colon Cancer Awareness Month” to help raise awareness of the importance of screening to help prevent one of the most common cancers in both men and women. Are you due for a screening? Colon cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer in men and women. It affects 150,000 Americans a year and […]

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Tags: colon cancer, colonoscopy, Dr. Fola May, fecal immunochemical test, FIT kit, gastroenterologist, polyps, precancerous polyps


UCLA Health Mobile Stroke Unit

May 8, 2019

UCLA Health Mobile Stroke Unit

By UCLA50Plus uclafiftyplus

What is the mobile stroke unit? Approximately every 40 seconds, someone in the United States will have a stroke and every four minutes, someone will die as a result of the disease. Against that backdrop, UCLA Health launched the first mobile stroke unit on the West Coast, enabling rapid delivery of brain-saving medications to stroke […]

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Tags: ambulance, critical-care nurse, CT scanner, CT technologist, stroke, stroke neurologist, UCLA Mobile Stroke Unit


Volunteer, Love People and Share Your Story

May 8, 2019

Volunteer, Love People and Share Your Story

By UCLA50Plus uclafiftyplus

Meet John “JJ” Goldrick, who volunteers at the information desk at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica. JJ, 72, volunteers three days a week, and has been doing so since 2013. He is also a member of the hospital’s patient-family advisory council, an ambassador for the American Red Cross-Santa Monica Bay chapter and an active member […]

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Tags: 50 plus program, UCLA Medical Center Santa Monica


Discovery of Dementia-Related Genes is Key Step in Finding Therapies

May 7, 2019

Discovery of Dementia-Related Genes is Key Step in Finding Therapies

By uclahealth uclahealth

More than 5 million people in the United States have Alzheimer’s disease or related dementias. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) say that figure is likely to triple by 2060. Currently no treatment can alter the course of dementia associated with the death of brain cells (neurodegeneration).  Dementia Genes Linked to Buildup […]

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Tags: aging, dementia, Dr. Daniel Geschwind, genes, genetic testing, Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA


November 8, 2018

Volunteer, keep busy and take naps!

By UCLA50Plus uclafiftyplus

With 25 years of volunteering under his belt, 93-year-old Norm Serra calls himself a “professional volunteer” – and understandably so.  Two days a week, he volunteers for different UCLA Health departments, including its Spiritual Care office and UCLA Health 50-Plus program.  On other days, you will find him delivering for Meals-on-Wheels or at the Corpus […]

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Tags: spiritual care, UCLA Health 50-Plus, volunteer


Exercise Benefits for Older Adults

November 8, 2018

Exercise Benefits for Older Adults

By UCLA50Plus uclafiftyplus

Older adults can benefit from regular physical activity. Fortunately, the activity does not need to be strenuous to achieve health benefits. Even a leisurely stroll around the neighborhood or a nearby park can benefit both body and mind. While activities such as hobbies can contribute to maintaining independent, healthy living, exercise has been shown to […]

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Tags: health benefits, insomnia, physical activity, stress


Solutions for Overcoming Sleepless Nights

November 8, 2018

Solutions for Overcoming Sleepless Nights

By UCLA50Plus uclafiftyplus

Everybody has an occasional sleepless night, but sleep disturbances among older adults are especially common, as part of the aging process. In fact, an estimated 50 percent of people age 55 or older suffer from a sleep problem, including not being able to fall asleep or stay asleep, compared with when they were younger. Poor sleep can […]

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Tags: meditation, mindful meditation, sleep, sleepless night, Tai Chi, UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center


How to make your golden years truly golden

November 8, 2018

How to make your golden years truly golden

By UCLA50Plus uclafiftyplus

As we age, we all experience some decline in our abilities, but there are ways seniors can maintain their quality of life and maximize their independence. What are some tips? Staying active both physically and mentally is essential. The best way to stay fit at any age is to keep moving. Incorporate physical activity for […]

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Tags: Dr. Maija Sanna, physical activity, quality of life


What's the best type of exercise?

October 17, 2018

What’s the best type of exercise?

By Ask the Doctors askthedoctors

Dear Doctors: What’s the best type of exercise? I’ve been reading that high-intensity interval training can actually slow down the aging process. Really? Why? I’m not too keen on this approach but I do walk at least a mile every day. First, congratulations on exercising regularly. Last year 81 million Americans didn’t take part in […]

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Tags: Ask the Doctors, Dr. Eve Glazier, Dr.Elizabeth Ko, high-intensity interval training, HIIT, mitochondria