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Amy Di Lillo Yoga hosts Brain Longevity Seminar Series with All Proceeds to Benefit the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation (ARPF) -…
TUCSON, Ariz., Jan. 10, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --Amy Di Lillo Yoga hosts Brain Longevity Seminar Series with all proceeds going to The Alzheimer's Research and Prevention Foundation (ARPF).
Yoga Therapist and Brain Longevity Specialist Amy Di Lillo, C-IAYT, E-RYT, YACEP will be hosting a three-part Brain Longevity Series covering the 4 Pillars of Alzheimer's Prevention. The lectures will be held once a month in the Cohasset Elder Affairs building, starting January 13th located at Willcutt Commons: 91 Sohier Street, Cohasset, Massachusetts.
Di Lillo wants to spread the word about the hope of Alzheimer's prevention and has organized this series as a fundraiser for Alzheimer's Research and Prevention Foundation. Di Lillo explained, "I am delighted to share my Brain Longevity wisdom with my local community. I was inspired to take the course after watching too many of my beloved elders suffer. I am humbled by and grateful to the passionate and talented team at ARPF. Together, we can make can difference."
Dr. Sean Foss, Naturopathic Doctorand Claire Haddad, Certified Health Coach, will join the first lecture on Diet and Supplementation. Attendees will learn about the power of conscious choices in what you eat, and how diet and supplements can help support a healthy brain and lifestyle. The following lecture on February 10th will be accompanied by Dr. Sylvia Sichol, Clinical Psychologist covering Stress Management and Meditation. The last lecture, Exercise and the Power of Community, will be on March 9th featuring Dr. Janine Crifasi, DC, Functional Neurologist. Attendees will learn how physical exercise strengthens the body and mind.
The series equips attendees with ARPF's science-backed tools and resources to prevent and reverse cognitive decline. They will also learn the different symptoms, behaviors and recommended care techniques for Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia.
As Alzheimer's disease is on the rise, it's ever important to recognize the signs of dementia and know how to take action. Anyone who is interested in healthy aging specifically anyone who cares for a loved one with dementia is encouraged to attend. Admission fee is $15 with all proceeds going to ARPF. To reserve a space or for more information email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 781-812-9404, or visit amydililloyoga.com.
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The longest-lived people run on a high-carb diet, and it’s a big part of their secret to living to 100 – INSIDER
Dan Buettner grew up in Minnesota during the 1960s, where he was fed a high-carb diet of bright yellow macaroni and cheese and sweaty red hot dogs wrapped inside flaky croissants.
"We didn't know better," he said.
But when the cyclist and storyteller started traveling around the globe, and into the homes of people in locations where elders routinely live to see their 100th birthday in good health the world's "Blue Zones," as he calls them he noticed something distinct about the ways that they were all eating.
The fare was nothing like his Midwestern childhood diet of processed foods, but Buettner noticed that each Blue Zone kitchen did have a few staple ingredients in common. Like his own meal plans, they were all fairly high in carbohydrates, but these Blue Zone diets centered on carbs of a different kind.
"The four pillars of every longevity diet in the world are whole grains, greens, nuts, and beans," Buettner said. "When you crunch the numbers, it's very clear that it's a 90% to 100% plant-based, very-high-carbohydrate diet. About 65% carbs, but not simple carbs like muffins and cakes complex carbs."
Buettner's chronicled some of his favorite recipes from each of those regions in a new Blue Zones cookbook, featuring dishes from Ikaria, Greece; Sardinia, Italy; Okinawa, Japan; Nicoya, Costa Rica; and Loma Linda, California.
Staples of the Blue Zones include hearty soups filled with beans and herbs; fermented breads like sourdough; and wine. Westend61 via Getty Images
Whether the cuisine is from the sandy western shores of Costa Rica or industrial church kitchens in California, it is loaded with beans.
Beans are a high-carbohydrate, high-fiber food that many dieters have recently criticized, as they're nearly impossible to eat on high-fat, low-carb diets like the trendy keto plan.
"You can get very successful with a diet if you tell people they can eat what they like to eat meat or cheese or eggs and all that," he said. "I draw from people who've achieved the health outcomes we want. And I can tell you beyond a shadow of a doubt that they're eating about a cup of beans a day."
His favorite bean dish is a Greek "longevity stew," loaded with fennel, black-eyed peas, olive oil, tomato, and garlic.
The diet plan lines up with much of the scientific research suggesting that people who eat more vegetables and other plants while consuming little to no processed or red meat are less likely to die earlier (and more likely to have healthier hearts) than people who routinely fuel up on animal products.
In the Blue Zones, there are no banned foods. Instead, the environments people live in promote their good health almost effortlessly. There's no weighing ingredients or worrying about the amounts of carbs, protein, and fat to include in a day's meals.
Yet there are certain things that people in Blue Zones don't eat very often. Chief among the rarities are dishes high in saturated fats and sugars, including meats, dairy, and desserts.
On average, people living in the Blue Zones eat meat about five times a month. It's usually a three- to four-ounce cut of pork, smaller than an iPhone.
When it comes to bread, Blue Zoners tend to favor fermented varieties like sourdough over plain white yeasted slices, and they pair small amounts of pasta and grains with other staple ingredients like fresh greens or beans.
"When you combine a grain and a bean, you get a whole protein," Buettner said. This means that, much like any meaty dish, a plant-based meal can feature all the essential amino acids that help the body grow and repair itself, but "without the saturated fat, without the hormones," he said.
In addition to focusing on plant-based foods, people in the Blue Zones also tend to cherish the importance of lifelong friendships, move around consistently each day (every 20 minutes or so), and live with purpose. These built-in support systems are key components of longevity too, Buettner believes, and just as important as the good food.
"We keep beating this dead horse of diets and exercise and supplements," he said. "It's Einstein's definition of insanity."
Dan Buettner. Crystal Cox/Business Insider
If you'd like to try the Blue Zones eating routine, Buettner suggests finding a few plant-based recipes that you really like and making it a habit to cook them for yourself again and again. None of the recipes in his book include any meat or eggs, and most shouldn't take more than 30 minutes to prepare.
"The secret to eating for 100 is to find the plant-based foods heavy with beans and grains and vegetables, and learn how to like them," Buettner said. "If you eat a Blue Zones diet religiously, it's probably worth eight to 10 extra years of life expectancy over a standard American diet. You take those years and you average them back into your life? It gives you about two hours a day to cook."
A new study shows that altering two cellular pathways in a species of roundworm can extend lifespan by a staggering 500 percent. The discovery could help scientists develop anti-aging therapies for humans, considering that humans have the same cellular pathways featured in the research.
Scientists have spent decades trying to solve the mysteries of aging by experimenting on a tiny nematode species called C. elegans. These microscopic roundworms are ideal for aging research because they live for only two to three weeks, meaning researchers are quickly able to distinguish which alterations or mutations are related to lifespan. In 1993, a famous paper revealed that C. elegans with a specific single-gene mutation lived twice as long as roundworms without it. This discovery helped to spawn a new era of research on aging.
The new study, published in Cell Reports, shows that altering the insulin signaling (IIS) and TOR pathways yields a lifespan extension of about 500 percent. This surprised the researchers. After all, past research on the ISS and TOR pathways shows that altering them (through a process called gene knockdown) usually yields a 100 percent and 30 percent lifespan increase, respectively. So, they thought that altering them together would boost lifespan by 130 percent. But the effect was greater than the sum of its parts.
"The synergistic extension is really wild," Jarod A. Rollins, Ph.D., who is the lead author with Jianfeng Lan, Ph.D., of Nanjing University, told Phys.org. "The effect isn't one plus one equals two, it's one plus one equals five. Our findings demonstrate that nothing in nature exists in a vacuum; in order to develop the most effective anti-aging treatments we have to look at longevity networks rather than individual pathways."
The findings suggest that future anti-aging therapies might involve a combination of treatments, similar to how combination treatments are sometimes used for cancer and HIV.
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Scientists have so far failed to pinpoint a specific gene that explains why some humans live mostly disease-free into old age. Why? In addition to environmental factors that affect aging and health, the answer might be that aging is primarily regulated not by single genes, but by a so-called "longevity network," comprised of seemingly unrelated systems in the body. For years, scientists have been trying to demystify the aging process by mapping out possible connections within the longevity network. The new study suggests that scientists are beginning to understand a bit of how this complex network operates.
Specifically, the new study focuses on the role that mitochondria, which are organelles that generate chemical energy in cells, might play in the longevity network. Recent research suggests that mitochondria may play a key role in the aging process, as described in a 2017 overview published in the journal Genes:
"Among diverse factors that contribute to human aging, the mitochondrial dysfunction has emerged as one of the key hallmarks of aging process and is linked to the development of numerous age-related pathologies including metabolic syndrome, neurodegenerative disorders, cardiovascular diseases and cancer."
It's unclear what effect manipulating the ISS and TOR pathways might have for humans. But a growing body of research suggests that promoting mitochondrial health could be a reliable way for us to increase lifespan. Interestingly, another recent aging study found that putting C. elegans on an intermittent-fasting diet helped to keep the roundworms' mitochondria in a "youthful" state, which seemed to extend lifespan.
"Low-energy conditions such as dietary restriction and intermittent fasting have previously been shown to promote healthy aging. Understanding why this is the case is a crucial step towards being able to harness the benefits therapeutically," Heather Weir, lead author of the study, told Harvard News. "Our findings open up new avenues in the search for therapeutic strategies that will reduce our likelihood of developing age-related diseases as we get older."
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So, youve gotta be able to do both, and I think thats something that weve both done pretty well this year, Shanahan said. That, combined with good defense, is I think why were both where were at.
To be sure, the offensive systems the Vikings and 49ers run are not identical to what the Broncos ran. But the basic concepts are the same, even if the schemes (and the league in general) have evolved over the past two-plus decades.
Shanahan and Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins are familiar with the scheme, and each other. Shanahan was Washingtons offensive coordinator when Cousins was on the team, and was actually on Houstons staff when Kubiak was the Texans head coach.
Both Shanahan and Cousins talked this week about the advancement of the scheme on a yearly basis.
Year to year, things can change. I think the key with, even if you want to call it this specific system, is it has evolved. It isnt a stale system where, from whatever year you want to start with it to now, its been the exact same, Cousins said. It has evolved, and I think the coaches calling those plays, developing the system, evolving it are the ones who deserve the credit for it, because it is a moving target, and defenses are always going to counter with answers. I think its a testament to the coaches involved who are always trying to stay a step ahead.
I think its just individual wrinkles to plays, Cousins later added. Make something look like it did the week before or the year before and then do something different. That cat-and-mouse game with the defense will be going on as long as theres football.
Added Shanahan: Theyre all so different. The West Coast offense, I would say, if you call plays like we do, verbiage-wise, then I guess its considered West Coast. When I went to be with Kubiak, he ran more of my dads offense that they did at Denver, which originated with San Francisco in the verbiage, but you change it based off of teams youre going against and what fronts youre going against. I always have a hard time when people try to categorize our offense as something because our offense, theres a foundation of something we believe in, but at least for me personally, our offense is totally predicated on what were going against.
Nantong, January 13
A towering bronze sculpture of the God of Longevity watches over the city of Rugao in east Chinas Nantong, which is home to an astounding over 1,200 centenarians.
The imposing statue which stands in the garden of longevity is said to artistically depict Chinese deity Shouxing, a bearded old man with a high brow, carrying a crooked staff in one hand, and holding the peach of immortality in his other hand.
The local government prides itself on the large count of people, aged over 100 years, living in Nantong - a port city, attributing it also to healthy habits, fresh air and beauty of nature, blessed by the Yangtze, the mother river of China.
According to senior officials in the Nantong administration, the prefecture-level city, located about 120-kilometer from Shanghai, had 1,205 centenarians till November last year.
Perhaps, the most famous region in east China for being the abode of centenarians is Rugao, a county-level city in Nantong in Jiangsu province.
The number of centenarians in Rugao had reached 524 by January 1, an increase of 84 over the previous year, according to a recent report by the state-run China Daily, quoting the local civil affairs bureau.
The report published on Nantong administrations website also said that there were 16 centenarians aged 105 or above.
Rugao currently has a permanent population of 1.42 million, with 3,91,700 aged 60 and above, 65,200 aged 80 and above, and 9,200 aged 90 and above.
These numbers are much higher than the provincial and national averages, it said.
Yang Deying, 110, is the oldest centenarian in Rugao.
She enjoys her life now with his family and spends time with her great-grand son too. The whole family is having a very wonder life, according to an official at the China Daily.
Yang can still hear, see things, this is an ideal life of someone whose age is more than 100 years. One of her sons, and a daughter-in-law take care of her every day. She has other children too, the official said.
The state-run English daily in partnership with the Jiangsu local government, recently organised a visit to the province for 15 journalists from several countries, who had also visited elderly care centres in Nantong and two other cities.
In a community park in the heart of Nantong in Hongqiao subdistrict, old men can be seen practising Tai Chi (shadow boxing) or reading newspapers, while old women in group perform dance routines inside the elderly-care service centre, neighbouring it.
The subdistrict in Chongchuan district has 35,000 families living with a population of around 100,000, according to officials.
Nearly 18,000 old people live in this area. Through our elderly-care centre, we provide food and other needed services to a section of those people. Medical services are also available at the centre, besides recreational facilities to make them feel engaged. Many volunteers also visit disabled elderly at home to take care of them, a senior official said.
Many of their children are working, so these old people come here and interact with each other, eat food and play games to keep themselves fit and occupied, he said.
Healthy diet and sleeping habits, as well as a convivial environment, are believed to have contributed to longevity in Rugao, earning it the moniker of city of longevity.
We want our Nantong to be a world-class city. Work going on expanding the urban infrastructure and a new bridge being built to connect faster to Shanghai. But, Nantong is also a city having fresh air and the blessing of mother river Yangtze, so many people live for over 100 years, a senior official of Nantong administration said.
The historic city of Nantong is home to several old Chinese gardens, Langshan Mountain National Forest Park, and various architectural heritage.
Located on the confluence of Yangtze River, Yellow Sea and East China Sea, the convergence lends Nantong the sobriquet of Great Pearl from Yangtze River and Sea.
In this salubrious environment, it is not uncommon in Rugao to see several centenarian couples celebrating golden jubilee of their wedding anniversaries, grandparents celebrating birthdays after crossing 100-year mark.
China has witnessed a rise in peoples average life expectancy over the years, from 74.83 years in 2010 to 76.7 years in 2017, according to the National Health Commission.
The average life expectancy for Chinese will go up to 77 years by 2020, one year more than the figure in 2015, the health authorities in Beijing had earlier said.
Chinese view long life as a special blessing and on birthdays and other special occasions for elders, visitors bow before the statue of the God of Longevity, to seek blessings, locals said.
Nantong was named the first longevity capital of the world by the International Society of Natural Medicine and the World Longlife Township Accreditation Committee, according to a 2019 Chinese government publication on the city. PTI
For starters, the Japanese diet is excellent for aging, as it's low in calories but high in nutrients. Miso, for example, is a fermented powerhouse with gut-healing abilitiesand we know gut health has been linked with longevity.
The Japanese style of eating, called Washoku, is characterized by plenty of locally sourced, natural ingredients like seafood, vegetables, and rice. Washoku also emphasizes connection to the land, with many Japanese people still gardening to this day (which is like a workout in itself). But diet isn't the only noteworthy thing about Japanese culture tied with longevity.
The themes of purpose and connection are prevalent within the culture, too. Moai in Japanese means "a group of lifelong friends" or a "social support group that forms in order to provide varying support from social, financial, health, or spiritual interests." We know loneliness can actually cause inflammation and potentially take years off your life, but with a "moai" at your side, that's much less of a concern.
And not only that, but ikigai, which roughly translates to "reason for being," highlights the importance of living a life of purpose (which isyou guessed italso linked with longevity).
There may be no sure formula for living to 100 and beyond, but one thing is evident: Certain cultures are definitely onto something through a combination of healthy eating, strong relationships, active lifestyles, and living on purpose.
For healthy Japanese cooking inspo, check out Washoku: Recipes From the Japanese Home Kitchen, along with our crash course on how to eat, move, and live for longevity.
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