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  1. Who Gets the Last Say?

    As the director of the intensive care unit at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, Jeff Groeger, MD, often cares for patients who have been told they have little time left to live. Once the bad news sinks in, he must help them decide whether they should choose the most aggressive

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  2. Living Well to 100

    Is a person "old" at age 67? Yes, according to a survey of American adults earlier this year made by AARP, the nation's largest advocacy group for older persons. But what if the typical senior still had 30 years of good physical and mental health left at that age? For a small but growing number of p

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  3. Having a Happy Retirement

    When Saeed Amanullah retired seven years ago, he thought he had his life all figured out. Like many people hitting the retirement trail, he planned to do some consulting work and to go abroad to see the world. But for Amanullah, 71, of Orange County, CA, things didn't quite work out the way he expec

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  4. Never Too Late to Lose Weight

    Those extra pounds you've been meaning to shed may be hurting more than just your vanity. In fact, losing weight now may help you live longer. A recent study -- the largest yet on obesity and mortality -- has found that the more overweight you are, the higher your risk of death. The results, based o

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  5. Battling Nature (Part 2): Human Potential

    This is the second in a three-part series on what scientific discoveries are revealing about the aging process and how the findings will change the way people age. Not many folks can claim to be the oldest guinea pig. But Ernest Umberger can -- the 90-year-old retired pharmacologist has been partici

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  6. Seniors' Falling Injuries Are Preventable

    Eleanor Kusel never gave much consideration to the bumps in the sidewalks or the rugs lying on the floor of her apartment. But after the 75-year-old San Franciscan fell and fractured her pelvis while getting out of a car, she began to notice the many hazards that could cause her to fall again. "I ne

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  7. Ginkgo Biloba: The Fountain of Youth?

    Ginkgo biloba is an herb that has received acclaim as a memory enhancer and anti-aging product. It's now among the ten most popular dietary supplements sold in the United States. Although it has long been used in traditional Chinese medicine for lung disorders, ginkgo extract has more recently been

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  8. Battling Nature (Part 1): Genetic Possibilities

    Age spots were the last things Linda Walsh wanted to see developing on her feet and legs three years ago. Just 42 years old, her hair was also beginning to fall out, her joints were increasingly stiff and she was constantly fatigued. Today the Southern California resident's skin is blemish-free, and

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  9. Eating Well, Aging Well

    As people get older, they should be aware of their bodies' changing needs. Many people don't realize that healthy aging demands closer attention to diet. Here are a few essential components of a good diet for older people. Our bodies are essentially made of water. It's vital to have enough. Everyone

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  10. Battling Nature (Part 3): Soldiers in the Field

    This is the last in a series on what scientific discoveries are revealing about the aging process and how the findings will change the way people age. Though more than 30 years have passed since Dr. Howard Wechsler was discharged from the army, the 62-year-old San Franciscan isn't done fighting yet.

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