5 Ways to Make New Friends After 50. Here are several steps that can make the process of forging new friendships a bit easier. Volunteer, community, and religious groups as well as lifelong learning classes are other places to find people with interests like yours who may also be looking for new friends. Make the first (and second) move If you feel a spark when chatting with a new person, or just want to continue the conversation, don’t be shy about asking for an email or phone number. “Just say yes,” to invitations from new individuals or groups. Be alert for social connectors It’s a good idea to mention to people that you’re looking for more social connections. Just as some people fancy themselves to be matchmakers, others have a special talent for connecting people and the generosity of heart to share friends. I was fortunate to meet such a person, and she introduced me to a number of interesting people. “Seeing each other often develops a kind of affection and shared experience,” Beizer says. “It’s the fastest way to get to know people.” If you see people regularly at an activity you all enjoy, you’re much more likely to find friendship and the health boost that can come with it.
Researchers at the universities of Cologne and Bonn uncover the link between protein aggregation and aging.
Not only does our way of life determine how long we live but so too does our genetic material. Of particular importance here is a genetic program that is controlled by the insulin receptor. A team of researchers from the Universities of Cologne and Bonn has now discovered how protein aggregation affects this genetic program and thus triggers aging. The results have now been published in the journal Cell.
Early in evolution, sugar intake and the regulation of life span were linked with each other. The hormone insulin is crucial here. It reduces blood sugar levels by binding to its receptor on the cell surface. However, many processes for stress management and survival are shut down at the same time. When there is a good supply of food, they appear unnecessary to the organism, although this reduces life expectancy over the long term. The insulin receptor thus acts like a brake on life expectancy. Genetically altered laboratory animals in which the insulin receptor no longer functions actually live much longer than normal. But how is the insulin receptor normally kept in check in our cells and…