UCLA Longevity Center News Archive


UCLA program helps slow the mind’s aging, one exercise at a time

By Anna Gorman, Published: March 4 E-mail the writer Just as they had so many times during the past 60 years, Marianna and Albert Frankel stepped onto the dance floor. He took her hand in his and smiling, waltzed her around the room. (5 Mar 14)

Doctor: Keeping the brain healthy is as important as exercising the body

As the body ages, so, too, does the brain, and to help avoid developing Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of memory loss, the brain must be treated to mental and physical exercises, a healthy diet and visits to the doctor, when necessary. Dr. Gary Small, a medical doctor, professor of psychiatry and director of the UCLA Longevity Center, spoke to a crowd of mainly those over 60 during a Town Hall South lecture Tuesday in the auditorium of Upper St. Clair High School. When asked if audience members often forget names or objects like keys, almost every hand went up. (5 Feb 14)

New brain-imaging techniques have provided insights into the biological underpinnings of psychiatric illnesses

Dr. Gary Small, UCLA's Parlow–Solomon Professor on Aging and a professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, was quoted Dec. 27 in a Psychiatric News article on how new brain-imaging techniques have provided insights into the biological underpinnings of psychiatric illnesses. (15 Jan 14)

Adjusting financial planning to accommodate increased life expectancy.

Dr. Gary Small, UCLA's Parlow–Solomon Professor on Aging and a professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, was quoted Nov. 22 in a MarketWatch article about adjusting financial planning to accommodate increased life expectancy. (3 Dec 13)

Reduce Stress with Yoga

A Nov. 22 Bloomberg article about the benefits of yoga for relieving stress cited a study led by Dr. Helen Lavretsky, professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, showing that using yoga to engage in brief daily meditation can lead to improved cognitive functioning and lower levels of depression. (3 Dec 13)

Late doctor among first to specialize in geriatric medicine

Dr. David Solomon Dr. David H. Solomon, who led a major expansion of the UCLA Department of Medicine, created the campus’ geriatrics program and was the first board-certified endocrinologist in Los Angeles, died July 9 at his home in Thousand Oaks. He was 90. Solomon received awards from various medical societies and was the author of 220 scientific papers in journals, four books, 49 book chapters and 32 editorials and popular articles. Solomon was born March 7, 1923, and raised in Brookline, Mass. He graduated from Brown University in 1944 and entered Harvard Medical School that year. He completed medical school in two years, graduating magna cum laude in 1946. After graduation, Solomon married Ronda Markson. (18 Jul 13)

Dakim BrainFitness improves memory in older adults

Memory improves for older adults using computerized brain-fitness program Dr. Karen Miller, Ph.D., an associate clinical professor at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, and Dr. Prabha Siddarth, Ph.D., a research statistician in psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences at the Semel Institute have found that older adults who regularly used a brain-fitness program on a computer demonstrated significantly improved memory and language skills. (11 Jul 13) http://newsroom.ucla.edu/portal/ucla/memory-improves-for-older-adults-246978.asp...

UCLA brain-imaging tool and stroke risk test help identify cognitive decline early

UCLA brain-imaging tool and stroke risk test help identify cognitive decline early By Rachel Champeau April 03, 2013 FDDNP brain scan (Click for details) UCLA researchers have used a brain-imaging tool and stroke risk assessment to identify signs of cognitive decline early on in individuals who don't yet show symptoms of dementia.   The connection between stroke risk and cognitive decline has been well established by previous research. (5 Apr 13)

Helen Lavretsky, M.D.'s NEW book

NEW Book edited by Helen Lavretsky, M.D. Dear Friends, We thought you might be interested in this excellent NEW book edited by Dr. Helen Lavretsky of UCLA's Division of Geriatric Psychiatry.  While the content of the book will increase clinicians' and researcher's competency in the field, individual chapters can also be used as references on a particular topic by interested individuals. (1 Mar 13)

Florida Newspaper Explains that Tai Chi Combats Depression in Elderly

Helen Lavretsky, professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute, was featured in a January 19th Florida Today article about her research finding that practicing tai chi helped depressed seniorslower their depression levels. http://www.floridatoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2013301170030&ncli... (15 Feb 13)