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Anti-Aging Lifestyle Extends Productive Lifespan
Making positive and sustainable changes in one's daily routine can result in measurable improvements in quality of life. Florence Clark, from University of Southern California (USC; California, USA), and colleagues enrolled men and women ages 60 to 95 years in a five-year long study, during which at six-month intervals, licensed occupational therapists assisted the subjects to develop sustainably healthy lifestyles and assess subsequent changes to the participants' overall quality of life. The team found that subjects who maintained an active social, spiritual and physical life were at reduced risks of developing health declines. Commenting that: "A lifestyle-oriented occupational therapy intervention has beneficial effects for ethnically diverse older people recruited from a wide array of community settings," the researchers urge that: "Because the intervention is cost-effective and is applicable on a wide-scale basis, it has the potential to help reduce health decline and promote well-being in older people." [Florence Clark, Jeanne Jackson, Mike Carlson, Chih-Ping Chou, Barbara J Cherry, Maryalice Jordan-Marsh, et al. "Effectiveness of a lifestyle intervention in promoting the well-being of independently living older people: results of the Well Elderly 2 Randomised Controlled Trial." J Epidemiol Community Health, 2 June 2011.]
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Tree Leaf Compounds May Fight Skin Aging
Previous studies of the species of trees known as Populus suggest the tree's extracts may possess anti-inflammatory properties. Xavier Vitrac, from Universite Victor Segalen Bordeaux (France), and colleagues tested an extract from poplar tree (Populus nigra) leaf buds. The team found that poplar bud extract had moderate antioxidant activity, resulting from a high total phenolic content, with the main phenolic compounds identified as phenolic acids and flavonoid aglycons. Finding that "poplar bud extract significantly regulated genes involved in antioxidant defenses, inflammatory response and cell renewal," the researchers submit that: "The collective antioxidant properties and transcriptional effect of this extract suggest potential antiaging properties." [Stephanie Dudonn, Pascal Poupard, Philippe Coutire, Marion Woillez, Tristan Richard, Jean-Michel Mrillon, Xavier Vitrac. "Phenolic Composition and Antioxidant Properties of Poplar Bud (Populus nigra) Extract: Individual Antioxidant Contribution of Phenolics and Transcriptional Effect on Skin Aging." J. Agric. Food Chem., 2011, 59 (9), pp 4527–4536, March 22, 2011.]
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Community Gardening Cultivates Emotional & Physical Health
Community gardens are neighborhood spaces that are accessible to people across the lifespan -- regardless of age, race, socioeconomic status or educational background. Jill Litt, from the University of Colorado School of Public Health (Colorado, USA) found that community gardeners cultivate relationships with their neighbors, are more involved in civic activities, stay longer in their neighborhoods, eat better and view their health more positively. In fact, 20 minutes of gardening a day translated to statistically higher ratings of health. Moreover, people who garden found their neighborhoods to be safer, cleaner and more beautiful, regardless of educational and income status. These differences were rooted in the cultural, social and ecological connections created within the garden setting. The co-benefits of gardens stem from their ability to support healthy eating and active living. More than 50% of gardeners meet national guidelines for fruit and vegetable intake compared to 25% of non-gardeners. Gardeners report they get 12 hours a week of moderate to vigorous physical activity, which is about 30% more exercise than non-gardeners get. Observing that: "The physical and social qualities of garden participation awaken the senses and stimulate a range of responses that influence interpersonal processes (learning, affirming, expressive experiences) and social relationships that are supportive of positive health-related behaviors and overall health," the researchers submit that: "Community gardens have therapeutic qualities that contribute to a more holistic sense of health and well-being." [James Hale, Corrine Knapp, Lisa Bardwell, Michael Buchenau, Julie Marshall, Fahriye Sancar, Jill S. Litt. "Connecting food environments and health through the relational nature of aesthetics: Gaining insight through the community gardening experience." Social Science & Medicine, Volume 72, Issue 11, June 2011, Pages 1853-1863.]
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Meditation May Slow Age-Related Brain Changes
Previously, researchers at the University of California/Los Angeles (UCLA; California, USA) found that specific regions in the brains of people who engaged in meditation for an extended duration were larger and had more gray matter, as compared to the brains of individuals in a control group. A follow-up study suggests that people who meditate also have stronger connections between brain regions and show less age-related brain atrophy. Having stronger connections influences the ability to rapidly relay electrical signals in the brain. And significantly, these effects are evident throughout the entire brain, not just in specific areas. Eileen Luders and colleagues enrolled 27 active meditation practitioners (average age 52 years) and 27 control subjects, with each group composed of 11 men and 16 women. The number of years of meditation practice ranged from 5 to 46; self-reported meditation styles included Shamatha, Vipassana and Zazen, styles that were practiced by about 55% of the meditators, either exclusively or in combination with other styles. Engaging a method of brain imaging known as diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), the team gained insights into the structural connectivity of the brain. Results showed pronounced structural connectivity in meditators throughout the entire brain's pathways. The greatest differences between the two groups were seen within the corticospinal tract (a collection of axons that travel between the cerebral cortex of the brain and the spinal cord); the superior longitudinal fasciculus (long bi-directional bundles of neurons connecting the front and the back of the cerebrum); and the uncinate fasciculus (white matter that connects parts of the limbic system, such as the hippocampus and amygdala, with the frontal cortex). Observing that the differences between meditators and controls are not confined to a particular core region of the brain but involve large-scale networks that include the frontal, temporal, parietal and occipital lobes and the anterior corpus callosum, as well as limbic structures and the brain stem, the team concludes that: "Meditation might be a powerful tool to change the physical structure of the brain." [Eileen Luders, Kristi Clark, Katherine L. Narr, Arthur W. Toga. "Enhanced brain connectivity in long-term meditation practitioners." NeuroImage, Volume 57, Issue 4, 15 August 2011, Pages 1308-1316.]
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