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We’ve been advised that exercise, calorie restriction, learning new things and keeping active with others will all combat aging and decline.

We’re told that, “You’re only as old as you feel.” Maybe it is all in our head – specifically, our hypothalamus.

In July 2017, Nature reported that mice became fitter, “smarter” and more socially aware – and lived 10-15% longer – when neuronal stem cells were implanted in their hypothalamus. Certain cells in the hypothalamus die off in middle age. Replacing them with neuronal stem cells from umbilical cord blood, researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York tapped into a seeming fountain of youth – for mice.

This may not be available any time soon.

For now, it may be all in your body. Exercise. Cut calories. Do things. Get out and about. Live!

Estate Planning attorney, Terry Garrett, is a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and is active in the Texas and Austin Bar Associations. She graduated with honors from Cornell University. She was on the Dean’s List at Wharton Business School. She earned her J.D. at Columbia Law School, receiving the Parker Award and a Mellon Fellowship.

She assists families of people with special needs, people planning for the retirement years and people administering estates.

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