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Kundalini yoga bolsters cognitive health among older women at risk of Alzheimer’s disease

Kundalini yoga bolsters cognitive health among older women at risk of Alzheimer’s disease

A new study from UCLA Health has illuminated the benefits of Kundalini yoga for older women at risk of Alzheimer’s disease. The study, published in Translational Psychiatry, reveals that Kundalini yoga not only bolsters cognition and memory but also rejuvenates neural pathways, curtails the decline of brain matter, and reverses biomarkers associated with aging and inflammation. These outcomes were not observed in a comparison group who received standard memory training exercises. This research represents a significant leap forward in our understanding of how holistic practices can counteract the risks associated with Alzheimer’s, particularly among women. Alzheimer’s disease is a debilitating neurodegenerative condition that progressively erodes memory and cognitive functions. With no effective treatments to slow its progression, the focus has shifted towards prevention, especially in its early stages. Women, interestingly, are about twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s compared to men, a disparity attributed to factors such as longer life expectancy, hormonal changes during menopause, and genetics. Kundalini yoga, a mind-body exercise integrating physical postures, breathing techniques, and meditation, has emerged as a promising intervention. …

GMA anchor Lara Spencer impresses with photo alongside rarely-seen look-alike older brother: ‘Stuck with me’

GMA anchor Lara Spencer impresses with photo alongside rarely-seen look-alike older brother: ‘Stuck with me’

Lara Spencer is taking a moment to give a sweet shout-out to one of the people who has been there for her since day one: her older brother. The Good Morning America anchor left fans impressed over the weekend as she shared a photo with her brother Keith von Seelen, which highlighted just how much they look alike. The TV host and producer, who was born Lara Christine von Seelen, is one of five siblings, and was raised in Garden City, Long Island by parents Richard Ernest and Carolyn von Seelen. WATCH: All About Lara Spencer’s Family Life Lara took to Instagram Saturday to share her latest photo alongside her brother, which captures the two smiling ear-to-ear, posing inside a pristine white kitchen. The mom-of-two is dazzling in a sparkly black turtleneck paired with light-colored trousers, black belt, and gold hoops, while Keith looks dapper in a red, quarter-zip knit layered over a button-down shirt. “Nothing like time [with] your big brother,” Lara endearingly wrote in her caption, adding: “Oldest friend. Shared a crib before …

Which Older Samsung Phones Are Getting Galaxy AI?

Which Older Samsung Phones Are Getting Galaxy AI?

Key Takeaways Samsung has confirmed Galaxy AI support for all its high-end phones and tablets from 2023. Galaxy AI will make its way to compatible devices alongside the One UI 6.1 software update. Samsung plans to roll out Galaxy AI, the coveted set of AI features introduced alongside the Galaxy S24 series, to its older models over a software update in 2024. But not all Samsung phones are eligible. Find out if your Galaxy device makes the list. Samsung’s List of Galaxy AI-Compatible Devices In a Samsung Newsroom post, the Korean smartphone giant officially announced the list of devices that will support Galaxy AI with the One UI 6.1 software update. Besides older smartphones, Samsung is bringing Galaxy AI to its tablet lineup. Here’s the list of compatible phones and tablets: Galaxy S23, S23+, S23 Ultra, and S23 FE Galaxy Z Flip 5 and Z Fold 5 Galaxy Tab S9, Tab S9+, and Tab S9 Ultra As you can see, all the premium phones and tablets Samsung released in 2023 are eligible to receive some …

Older Men Are Hurting—Here’s How They Can Thrive Instead

Older Men Are Hurting—Here’s How They Can Thrive Instead

Co-authored by Ed Frauenheim. Many older men are suffering today. They are often lonely. They tend to be less happy as they age. They die, on average, six years earlier than women. And more and more aging men are taking their own lives; men 75 and older have the highest suicide rate—they are roughly 10 times more likely than women the same age to end their lives. Why Older Men Are Struggling Although there are many reasons for these dispiriting statistics, we’ll highlight two key factors: Crumbling Connections: Intuitively, we have long known that social bonds are important for emotional health. But recent neuroscience gives us data to prove that isolation and loneliness indeed have emotional health impacts—and physical health impacts as well. A 2023 Surgeon General’s report documents the negative health effects: heart disease, shorter life spans, depression, and substance use. Whereas socialization leads to improved emotional health and longevity. And men, who have long been encouraged to prioritize work over family, can find their social connections extremely limited in their retirement years. Making …

An older, calmer Andre Ethier enjoying a new role with Dodgers

An older, calmer Andre Ethier enjoying a new role with Dodgers

PHOENIX —  Wearing a smile as broad as his shoulders, Miguel Vargas explained how he viewed Andre Ethier as more than an instructor. Ethier was a confidant. Ethier was a friend. “He’s a tremendous person,” Vargas said in Spanish. Vargas described the former two-time All-Star as patient and supportive, as calm and sympathetic. Imagine that. When he was a player, Ethier was known for a temper that was as explosive as his left-handed swing. Now a 41-year-old retiree, he is a model of calmness and wisdom, and now he’s guiding Vargas in his transition to the outfield. More than six years removed from the final at-bat of a 12-year career spent entirely with the Dodgers, Ethier was invited to camp this year by manager Dave Roberts. Ethier has assisted first base coach Clayton McCullough in instructing the team’s outfielders, and he has taken a particular interest in Vargas, who is new to the position. “It’s a blast,” Ethier said. While satisfied with his career and content with his current life, Ethier acknowledged he missed certain elements …

Galaxy S24’s best AI features are coming to these older Samsung models with One UI 6.1

Galaxy S24’s best AI features are coming to these older Samsung models with One UI 6.1

Kerry Wan/ZDNET The trickling of Samsung’s latest Galaxy AI features will begin as soon as late March, the company confirmed today. With the latest One UI 6.1 update, older Samsung devices including last year’s Galaxy S23 series, Z Flip and Fold 5, Tab S9 series, and more will gain access to key Galaxy AI features, such as Circle to Search, Chat Assist, and Generative Edit. Also: Galaxy AI features, including Live Translation, are headed to Galaxy Buds “Our goal with Galaxy AI is not only to pioneer a new era of mobile AI, but also to empower users by making AI more accessible to all,” said TM Roh, President and Head of Mobile eXperience Business at Samsung Electronics in a Wednesday press release. “This is only the beginning of Galaxy AI, as we plan to bring the experience to over 100 million Galaxy users within 2024 and continue to innovate ways to harness the unlimited possibilities of mobile AI.” The full list of Galaxy AI features coming to older Samsung devices includes: Communication services: Chat …

The universe is much older than scientists previously believed, study finds

The universe is much older than scientists previously believed, study finds

For years, cosmologists have pegged the universe’s age at approximately 13.8 billion years. (CREDIT: Creative Commons) In a groundbreaking discovery, the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) has presented data that directly challenges our current understanding of the universe. For years, cosmologists have pegged the universe’s age at approximately 13.8 billion years. Yet, the new JWST findings suggest that this may be a vast underestimation. But how has one telescope managed to disrupt such a long-held belief? The universe’s secrets are vast, but none has been as puzzling as the presence of ‘impossible early galaxies’—so named due to their peculiar formation periods. According to existing models, these galaxies, emerging during the cosmic dawn, roughly 500 to 800 million years post-big bang, shouldn’t have evolved disks and bulges so quickly. “It’s akin to seeing a toddler with the wisdom of an octogenarian,” says a scientist, explaining the paradox. Yet, there they are: young galaxies appearing as if they’ve undergone vast periods of evolution. Complicating the picture further, some smaller galaxies seem to have greater mass than their …

Sparky Linux is a blazing-fast distro that can keep your older machines running for years

Sparky Linux is a blazing-fast distro that can keep your older machines running for years

The Sparky Linux desktop is as simple to understand as any you’ve ever used. Jack Wallen/ZDNET ZDNET’s key takeaways Sparky Linux 7.2 is available to download now for free. It’s incredibly fast, simple to use, and based on one of the most reliable operating systems on the market (Debian). You might find it a bit boring. One of the many benefits of using Linux is that it doesn’t suffer from the “planned obsolescence” that you’ll find in other operating systems. With Linux, you could find a distribution capable of bringing computers back to life that you were certain couldn’t handle the rigors of modern-day needs. That’s not to say you’re going to pull that old Pentium 75 machine out of the basement, dust it off, and make it your daily computer (although you could probably find a distro that would run on it). What it does mean is that you’re not going to have to worry that every year, when your operating system is upgraded, you’ll get the warning that your computer needs to be …

How ageism against Biden and Trump puts older folks at risk : Code Switch

How ageism against Biden and Trump puts older folks at risk : Code Switch

What would you do if I told you there’s a whole demographic group that can’t be trusted to work because they’re unreliable, bad with technology, slow learners, and most likely not a good “culture fit”? What if I said that group probably shouldn’t even be incorporated into the rest of society – that they should live in their own, separate communities where the rest of us don’t have to see or interact with them unless we choose to? Would your hackles be raised? Would that language have you dialing up the ACLU? It probably should. It’s called stereotyping. (Heard of it?) And while many of us — OK, some of us — have trained ourselves to notice how stereotypes work when it comes to things like ethnicity or gender, there are other categories where the practice goes painfully unnoticed — like age. President Biden delivers remarks Thursday at the White House. Biden addressed the special counsel’s report on his handling of classified material, and the status of the war in Gaza. Nathan Howard/Getty Images hide …

Column: Older drivers reveal strategies for passing that ‘ridiculous’ California DMV renewal test

Column: Older drivers reveal strategies for passing that ‘ridiculous’ California DMV renewal test

I wouldn’t call it an atmospheric river, because those come and go. DMV mail falls in a never-ending rain, without regard to seasons. Not that it’s all bad news from readers who, like good soldiers, dutifully report every development from the front lines of the battle to renew their driver’s licenses. Rosa Maria Juarez, 94, shared a success story. The Montebello resident, who assured me she’s a safe and conscientious driver, passed easily and offered to coach me when I take the test later this year. Here’s a pro tip from Juarez: “They told me to go on a computer, but the computers are dirty. People are touching those computers. You can see the smudges, the dark spots. Like they never clean them.” California is about to be hit by an aging population wave, and Steve Lopez is riding it. His column focuses on the blessings and burdens of advancing age — and how some folks are challenging the stigma associated with older adults. Juarez asked for a paper test instead, sat down, and minutes …