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    50+: Live Better, Longer

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    1. Gardening for Health

      Oct. 30, 2000 -- First thing every morning, Gene Gach checks the 50 or so pots of bromeliads that he keeps along one side of his house. Then he simply stands and enjoys the backyard of his modest Los Angeles home -- the wide, green lawn, the 25-foot stand of Chinese bamboo he grew from a single stal

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    2. Too Old to Be a Mom?

      Sept. 29, 2000 -- Older moms -- even really old moms -- pushing strollers, wiping babies' noses, are a common sight these days. And it's not just the 40-something women in the neighborhood sandbox but any number of high-profile women, too: Susan Sarandon (baby at 45), playwright Wendy Wasserstein (4

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    3. How to Live to Be 120.

      Aug. 28, 2000 -- Roy Walford, MD, professor emeritus of pathology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), is preparing to eat lunch, and you can hardly blame me for scrutinizing his plate. This is, after all, the man who has long claimed that calorie restriction with optimal nutrition (

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    4. Acting Your Age

      July 17, 2000 -- When Nona Bingham of Portland, Ore., retired from her job as a supermarket clerk at age 65, she enrolled in oil painting and ceramic classes to keep busy. "But that didn't do it for me," says Bingham, a self-described workaholic. So she joined an acting group for senior citizens at

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    5. Talk About Death

      July 3, 2000 -- The conversation about death loomed, the words waiting to be spoken. Roberta, a lifelong spiritual seeker, an opera singer, and an articulate, emotionally aware woman, was dying of cancer at the age of 76. Would she like to speak with the hospice chaplain? She said yes. The chaplain,

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    6. Fitness for the Long Term

      May 29, 2000 -- You don't have to be a Senior Olympian or a genetically souped-up centenarian to reap the rewards of exercise and good nutrition. It is never too soon -- or too late -- to start getting in shape. Karl Knopf, EdD, executive director of the Fitness Educators of Older Adults Association

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    7. Live Long, Live Well

      May 29, 2000 -- Lily Hearst is nearly 103 years old. All her life she has been healthy and active -- skiing, skating, canoeing. The Berkeley, Calif., centenarian makes it a point to swim every day. She also continues to teach piano, to advanced students only, at the senior center where she eats lunc

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    8. Let the Senior Games Begin

      May 29, 2000 -- One sign of the growing presence of vigorous older people is the National Senior Games Association, a not-for-profit entity that promotes health and fitness and coordinates state Senior Games and Senior Olympics organizations. The Senior Games movement itself is just barely a teenage

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    9. Pumping Iron to Stay Young?

      May 22, 2000 -- At least five mornings a week, I hustle to the Fountain of Youth. After tumbling out of bed and into workout togs before I've had a chance to think about it, I'm out the door headed for the gym. Clad in tights and a leotard to smooth my bulges, I feel energetic already. It's a 20-yea

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    10. Know Your Genetic Risk

      May 15, 2000 -- Mary Smith hadn't noticed the mass growing in her abdomen until her gynecologist discovered it during an exam. Unfortunately, Smith had missed several annual checkups, and her uterine fibroid had grown to a size that required surgery instead of other, less-invasive, treatment. When S

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