Penn Medicine News Blog Archive: Aging

The Memory Café: A “Safe” Place to Socialize

By Sally Sapega | August 22, 2016 | Comments Memory cafe connie and betty mitchell

At a recent event at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, a group of people sat around four tables, each with Egyptian artifacts as its centerpiece. Museum educators went from table to table explaining – in a highly entertaining fashion – what each artifact signified in ancient... Read more

Can Movin' and Groovin' Keep Alzheimer's at Bay?

By Sally Sapega | June 17, 2016 | Comments REACT dancers

At the Ralston House, home of Penn’s Institute on Aging (IOA), a small group of older African-Americans moves to the rhythm of African music, keeping time to the beat of the drums as they follow their dance instructor’s steps. Another similarly aged group tackles mentally stimulating activities, such as creating... Read more

Hips Don't Lie; Neither Do Radiologists

By Robert Press | January 20, 2016 | Comments Hip

On this blog, we frequently write about what it’s like to work for — or experience life at — Penn Medicine. What we don’t get the chance to write about very often is what it’s like to see the University of Pennsylvania Health System from the other side: as a... Read more

Penn Leads the Way in Alzheimer’s Research and Care

By Lee-Ann Donegan | November 19, 2015 | Comments image from

It’s an exciting time in Alzheimer’s disease (AD) research, declared a recent article. Enhanced investment in research has led to new and improved treatments for cancer and other common illnesses, with Alzheimer’s perennially lagging in both available treatments and federal funding. But leading researchers, those at Penn among them,... Read more

Fat Busting, Non-Invasive Drug Takes on Double Chins

By Katie Delach | October 5, 2015 | Comments image from

Individuals lose weight in different areas of the body and at different rates, often leaving some with what they feel are specific "problem areas," where the fat just won’t disappear. Double chins in particular have a tendency to make people feel like they look older or heavier than they are,... Read more

5K Supports Aging Research at Penn Medicine (Slideshow)

By Lee-Ann Donegan | September 23, 2015 | Comments

The 4th Annual 5K for Penn’s Institute on Aging (IOA) is now in the record books. Last Sunday, 435 committed Penn Medicine faculty, staff and friends and families of those affected by age-related diseases were up early on a windy, late summer morning to run and walk to raise money... Read more

Thinking More about Cognitive Aging

By Lee-Ann Donegan | April 18, 2015 | Comments

The subject of aging is something I’ve thought about a great deal this week, having just celebrated a milestone birthday. But the thing that gets me upset much more than my own aging, is the aging of my parents and older relatives. This week, the Institute of Medicine (IOM), an...

Achieving Healthy Skin from Within

By Katie Delach | December 30, 2014 | Comments Fruit_skin

With all the get-togethers, parties, and family dinners, the holiday season can be tough on our waistlines. But, beyond the belt, the food we consume can affect us in other ways, too. What once was a quick and easy trip to the grocery store has now for some become much... Read more

Forget Me Not

By Greg Richter | October 14, 2014 | Comments DSC_9129

Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and the fourth leading cause of death among African Americans. Once patients have the disease, there is no treatment available that can stop its progression. The Penn Memory Center seeks to change that. Last month, the Penn... Read more

Robots – Hi-Tech Help or Freaky Fiction?

By Olivia Fermano | August 10, 2014 | Comments image from

Robots cause a polarizing effect in the minds of people. We only have to look to Hollywood to illustrate this. They’re either portrayed as endearing characters like Star Wars’ C-3PO and R2D2 and the adorably-animated WALL-E – or they’re killing machines as seen in Terminator and iRobot. The fact is... Read more

A New Focus on Elder Health Care

By Sally Sapega | June 2, 2014 | Comments image from

GRNs Krista Walsh (r.) and Colleen Hogan walk with patient John Fitzpatrick to help him prevent losing physical strength during hospitalization. Hospitalization has a greater cognitive and physical impact on geriatric patients than on those who are younger. Indeed, more than 40 percent of the elderly suffer from delirium while... Read more

No Magic Number - Penn Medicine Researcher to Be Among Architects of New National Sleep Recommendations

By Jessica Mikulski | April 8, 2014 | Comments image from

We’ve all heard it before…“sleep experts recommend you get 7 – 8 hours of sleep per night for optimal health.” But is that true for everyone? The answer is there really is no magic number. “For years, members of the sleep research and clinical community have been discussing the issue... Read more

Pocket-sized Medicine: Bringing Real-time Tests to Homebound Patients

By Kim Menard | April 2, 2014 | Comments image from

Thanks to innovations that have miniaturized medical devices, care providers on the go - from home care visits to busy outpatient practices - can get more and more real-time feedback at the patient's bedside. Read more

Beyond the Ivory Tower: Penn’s Neuroscience Grad Students Reach Out During Brain Week, and Beyond

By Karen Kreeger | March 18, 2014 | Comments NGG KidsJudge 2013 Synpatic Land

Philadelphia is a cerebral city this spring. To start, every March, Brain Awareness Week brings together institutions worldwide to celebrate the brain. Read more

Memory May Fade with Dementia, but Artistic Abilities and Benefits Carry On

By Kim Menard | January 15, 2014 | Comments image from

Since it is possible for Alzheimer's patients to create art, researchers are investigating whether art therapy improves symptoms or quality of life. A new review of studies assessing art interventions from Perelman School of Medicine researchers found that art creation and appreciation activities may improve Alzheimer's disease patients' mood, activities of daily living, quality of life, and even caregiver distress. Read more

The Consequences of Beauty

By Kim Menard | October 9, 2013 | Comments

More and more people are seeking out medical procedures to improve their appearance - over 12 million facial cosmetic procedures are performed each year in the United States alone - but how does it impact their self confidence, or their quality of life?

Penn Community Comes Together for 2nd Annual 5K for the IOA and Memory Mile Walk

By Kim Menard | September 26, 2013 | Comments _db17305

It was a perfect fall morning - sunny and 62 - for the second annual Penn 5K for the IOA and Memory Mile Walk on September 22, 2013. Nearly 300 walkers and runners, ranging from 3 years old to 90 years old, turned out some fast times on the new race course through Penn Park, with skyline views of Center City. Read more

5 Things to “Remember” About Alzheimer’s Disease

By Kim Menard | June 28, 2013 | Comments

Neurological diseases are a bit intimidating to talk about – the last time most of us thought about axons and neurotransmitters, we were in high school biology – so in an effort to make the science a little easier to digest, we're going to make an effort to start trying... Read more

Tackling the Cancer and Aging Conundrum

By Kim Menard | June 4, 2013 | Comments IMG_9365

Penn’s Institute on Aging recently co-hosted its annual Sylvan M. Cohen lecture and poster session. This year, in partnership with the Abramson Cancer Center‘s Tumor Biology Program, the event focused on “protecting the genome in the longevity revolution: cancer and aging.” Brian Duke, Pennsylvania Secretary for Aging, set the stage... Read more

Tau is its Own Worst Enemy

By Karen Kreeger | May 7, 2013 | Comments Cohen Nature Struct Mol Bio Blog post schematic Apr 13

In an update to recent research, Todd Cohen, Virginia Lee, and the Penn CNDR team have found an unusual behavior in the protein tau. It is literally its own worst enemy - tau is actually an enzyme that adds an acetyl group to itself, a process called autoacetylation. Read more

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