Your Weekend Links – Health, Wellbeing & Positive Ageing


Here are this week’s most interesting stories from around the globe, on health, well-being and positive ageing.


…All carefully selected for readers of 😉 Enjoy!



Aging Is Associated With Better Mental Health – Like good wine and cheese, one’s mental health improves with age, new research suggests. In a study of more than 1000 adults, people in their senior years were found to be happier and more content with their lives than those in their 20s and 30s, despite their physical ailments. The study was published in the August issue of the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry… Medscape


Use it or lose it: UMD study shows that stopping exercise decreases brain blood flow – We all know that we can quickly lose cardiovascular endurance if we stop exercising for a few weeks, but what impact does the cessation of exercise have on our brains?… MedicalNewsToday


Here’s everything scientists know about how to avoid aging – A team of researchers published a thorough review of the science of why we age recently in the journal Cell. Rafi Letzter, gives a good summary of its most important takeaways… Business Insider


Ageing with attitude: Having a pet has great health benefits for people over 55 – Margaret Jennings explores the health benefits of having pets for the over 55s, from connecting with others and greater wellbeing to reduced blood pressure… Irish Examiner


Family Trumps Friends for Longevity – Recent studies show that older adults will live longer, if they are involved in an active family social setting. Although friends are an important part of a person’s life, older people who have a connection with their family, and those who are close to their family members, are less likely to experience an early death…


Elderly at risk of tap and pay scam – Many elderly people are unaware of new system that does not require a pin number. Make your friends and family aware… The Independent 


Don’t Wait Until You’re Older to Fight Getting Old – Research shows aging can start surprisingly early—but there are ways to counteract declines in hearing, sight and bone and muscle mass… The Wall Street Journal


Social Media Linked To Better Health In Seniors – Social media use is correlated with better physical and mental health in older adults, including lower levels of chronic disease and depression, according to a new study by Michigan State University…


How video games stave off dementia – Playing video games may actually be very good for your brain – and may even stave off dementia symptoms in later life. Similarly to exercising a muscle, playing a difficult game for the first time can feel like ‘stretching’ your brain, especially if you have no idea what to do at first… The Guardian


Long-lived parents could mean a healthier heart into your 70s – The longer our parents lived, the longer we are likely to live ourselves, and the more likely we are to stay healthy in our 60s and 70s, experts say. Having longer-lived parents means we have with much lower rates of a range of heart conditions and some cancers… Science Daily


‘I’m 78 and still outrun 18-year-olds in the park’  John was at the launch of Age Action’s 14th annual Positive Ageing Week recently. He says he still regularly out-runs 18 and 19-year-olds when running in the park, noting: “They think ‘that shouldn’t be happening, you’re an old man’. They get a bit of a shock when that happens.”…The


Courteney Cox regrets ‘horrible’ bids to fight aging – Speaking during an outdoor expedition in beautiful Ireland. Former “Friends” star Courteney Cox says she is now reconciled to looking older… Reuters