It is estimated that most adults will lose about 30 percent of muscle mass over the course of our lifetime. Sarcopenia, or the decline of skeletal muscle tissue with age, is one of the most important causes of functional decline and loss of independence in older adults.
For some, age-related muscle loss leads to difficulty walking, lifting objects, and, ultimately, living independently. For others, diseases like advanced cancer further aggravate the problem of muscle wasting, a condition called cachexia.
Kicking off the National Institute on Aging’s Go4Life Month, the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR), Go4Life and PBS Next Avenue present a free webinar, Stronger, Longer: Muscle Mass and Aging.
The one-hour webinar will share the latest research on sarcopenia and tips for what you can do to sustain muscle as you grow older.
First, AFAR expert Nathan LeBrasseur, PhD, Director of the Healthy Aging and Independent Living Program at the Robert and Arlene Kogod Center on Aging, and Associate professor of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, will present a basic overview on sarcopenia and highlight his research to develop interventions to harness a skeletal protein, myostatin, that may increase muscle mass and bolster resilience.
Next, Lyndon Joseph, PhD, Exercise Physiologist with the Division of Geriatrics and Clinical Gerontology of the NIA, will share research-backed lifestyle tips to sustain muscle while preventing injuries.
A Q&A, facilitated by Steven Austad, PhD, AFAR Scientific Director will follow.