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“Aging is not a uniform phenomenon that happens equally,” said Jay Olshansky, professor of public health at the University of Illinois Chicago.

In this Monday, Nov. 11, 2019 photo, University of Washington School of Medicine researcher Daniel Promislow, the principal investigator of the Dog Aging Project grant, rubs the head of his elderly dog Frisbee at their home in Seattle. (AP Photo / Elaine Thompson)

Can old dogs teach us new tricks? Scientists are looking for 10,000 pets for the largest-ever study of aging in canines. They hope to shed light on human longevity too.

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A new study links higher levels of key nutrients associated with the Mediterranean diet to more efficient brain connectivity and performance on cognitive tests in older adults. 

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In a new study, older adults share insights about why they refuse help and offer strategies to overcome their concerns.

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In the last two decades, only four drugs have been approved to treat Alzheimer’s symptoms, according to a new report. “I’m very optimistic that within 10 years we’ll have a breakthrough,” said Dr. Doug Williamson of biopharmaceutical company Lundebeck.

Speakers at The Atlantic’s “Disrupting Alzheimer’s” event on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018. (Kristen Thometz / Chicago Tonight)

Despite the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease, researchers, caregivers and advocates are optimistic about the future. “I see a treatment, it’s going to happen,” said William Klein, a professor at Northwestern University.  

Last month, Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel penned an op-ed detailing why he hopes to die at the age of 75. Chicago Tonight discusses the controversial article.

Is there a secret to living longer and healthier? We talk with The Buck Institute for Research on Aging's CEO.

Anna Quindlen

Pulitzer Prize winning columnist and author Anna Quindlen shares her thoughts about aging in her memoir, Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake.

Neil Shubin

Microbiome Project, Bees, Music Training & Higgs Boson

We go inside the brains of bees. Our science guy, Neil Shubin, joins us to talk about bee personalities, the impact of music training on aging, and more news in Scientific Chicago.