Jul 16, 2014

Brazilian called world's oldest: 126

A Brazilian rest home for the elderly believes one resident may be the world’s oldest person: a former agricultural laborer born in a community of runaway slaves 126 years ago, at a time when Brazil still had an emperor. A birth certificate and identity ...

Jul 14, 2014

Outside investors eye heirless small Japanese firms

Takeshi Kaneko searched for nine years to find someone to take over the dried-food store his parents opened after they fled the rubble of Japan-occupied China at the end of World War II. “I started thinking about it when I turned 60, since my ...

Dane builds tricycle for green funeral trips

Jul 13, 2014

Dane builds tricycle for green funeral trips

Shuffling off this mortal coil in many countries is followed by a final trip to burial or cremation in a motorized hearse. But in Denmark, a country famous for its pedaling lifestyle, the deceased now can be seen off on a tricycle. The contraption, ...

Study paves way for Alzheimer's early detection

Jul 8, 2014

Study paves way for Alzheimer's early detection

British scientists have identified a set of 10 proteins in the blood that can predict the onset of Alzheimer’s and call this an important step toward developing a test for the incurable brain-wasting disease. Such a test could initially be used to select patients ...

At 116, woman is named the oldest American

Jul 5, 2014

At 116, woman is named the oldest American

A woman in Arkansas celebrated her 116th birthday Friday with cake, a party and a new title — she is now officially the oldest confirmed living American and second-oldest person in the world, the Gerontology Research Group said. Gertrude Weaver spent her birthday at ...

Japanese scientists find aging cure for flowers

Jul 4, 2014

Japanese scientists find aging cure for flowers

Scientists say they have found a way to slow down the aging process in flowers by up to a half, meaning bouquets could remain fresh for much longer. Researchers at the National Agriculture and Food Research Organization in Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture, said they have ...

London seniors take up 'parkour'

Jul 3, 2014

London seniors take up 'parkour'

On a recent morning in London, Lara Thomson practiced spinning on benches, swinging from metal bars and balancing off raised ledges — all elements of a daredevil discipline known as “parkour.” What was unusual about the scene is that Thomson is 79 and all ...

Jun 21, 2014

Murder suspect, 102, unlikely to face trial

A 102-year-old woman accused of killing her 100-year-old roommate in a nursing home nearly five years ago is facing a second-degree murder charge. Laura Lundquist — the oldest murder defendant in Massachusetts history — was 98 when she was charged in 2009 on allegations ...

May 28, 2014

Chinese elderly 'commit suicide to avoid coffin ban'

Six elderly people in China are said to have committed suicide to ensure they died before new regulations banning coffin burials come into force, a newspaper reported Wednesday. China has a tradition dating back thousands of years of ancestor worship, which usually requires families ...

May 24, 2014

Born in 1899, oldest American turns 115

The oldest-living American, a member of a select group of the living to have been born in the 19th century, has celebrated her 115th birthday. Jeralean Talley, who was born May 23, 1899, celebrated Friday as the second-oldest person in the world, according to ...

Simplest animals may help cure brain disease

May 22, 2014

Simplest animals may help cure brain disease

A Florida scientist studying simple sea animals called comb jellies has found the road map to a new form of brain development that could lead to treatments for Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases. “There is more than one way to make a brain,” ...

Time to get over the 'shock' of aging actresses

May 15, 2014

Time to get over the 'shock' of aging actresses

by Kaori Shoji

“Americans can be strange about aging,” said French actress Jeanne Moreau, in a brief interview she gave me back in 2005. She was then at the tail end of her 70s and had just co-starred with French heartthrob Melvil Poupaud in “Le Temps Qui ...