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Senior Gamers

Posted Mar 21 2013 10:09pm
Posted on March 19, 2013, 6 a.m. in Mental Health Lifestyle

Not just for teens and 20-somethings, video games can exert beneficial effects for seniors.  Jason C. Allaire, North Carolina State University (North Carolina, USA), and colleagues asked 140 people, ages 63 years and older, how often they played video games, if at all:  61% of study participants played video games at least occasionally, with 35% of participants saying they played at least once per week.  The subjects took a battery of tests to assess their emotional and social well-being.  The team found that participants who played video games, including those who only played occasionally, reported higher levels of well-being. Those who did not play video games reported more negative emotions and a tendency toward higher levels of depression.  Writing that: “Regular and Occasional Gamers [perform] better, on average, than Non-gaming older adults,” the study authors submit that: “Findings suggest that playing may serve as a positive activity associated with successful aging.”

Jason C. Allaire, Anne Collins McLaughlin, Amanda Trujillo, Laura A. Whitlock, Landon LaPorte,   Maribeth Gandy. “Successful aging through digital games: Socioemotional differences between older adult gamers and Non-gamers.”  Computers in Human Behavior, Volume 29, Issue 4, July 2013, Pages 1302–1306.

  
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Tip #138 - Unlock the Genetics of Longevity
Telomeres are the endcaps on chromosomes, and telomeric shortening is thought to govern the number of times a cell can divide. In white blood cells (leukocytes), telomere shortening is used as a marker of biological age. King’s College London (United Kingdom) researchers studied 2,401 twins, tracking their physical activity level, lifestyle habits, and examined the length of the telomeres in the subjects’ white blood cells (leukocytes).The team confirmed that telomere length decreased with age; men and women who were less physically active in their leisure time had shorter leukocyte telomeres than those who were more active. The mean difference in leukocyte telomere length between the most active subjects (who performed an average of 199 minutes of physical activity per week) versus the least active subjects (16 minutes of physical activity per week) was 200 nucleotides. This translated to mean that “the most active subjects had telomeres the same length as sedentary individuals up to 10 years younger, on average.”

Regular physical activity helps improve your overall health and fitness, and reduces your risk for many chronic diseases. Men and women ages 18 to 64 years need at least:

• 2 hours and 30 minutes (150 minutes) of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (i.e., brisk walking) every week; and muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms).

OR:
• 1 hour and 15 minutes (75 minutes) of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity (i.e., jogging or running) every week; and muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms).

OR:
• An equivalent mix of moderate- and vigorous-intensity aerobic activity and muscle-strengthening activities on 2 or more days a week that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms).

Not only is it best to spread your activity out during the week, but you can break it up into smaller chunks of time during the day. As long as you're doing your activity at a moderate or vigorous effort for at least 10 minutes at a time. Consult an anti-aging physician to construct a regimen that is appropriate for your medical needs.
 
 
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