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50+: Live Better, Longer

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  1. Good Foods for Eye Health

    Carrots may be the food best known for helping your eyes. But other foods and their nutrients may be more important for keeping your eyesight keen as you age. Vitamins C and E, zinc, lutein, zeaxanthin, and omega-3 fatty acids all play a role in eye health. They can help prevent cataracts, clouding

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  2. Maintaining a Healthy Appetite

    Not having an appetite is a frustrating problem for people who are underweight, or losing weight when they don’t want to. You know it's important to eat a variety of foods to maintain your health as you get older, but it's hard to eat when you’re not hungry or food isn't appealing. There are many re

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  3. Help a Loved One Eat Right

    It may take a little work to figure out what's keeping your loved one from eating, but once you do, you can help. Two experts -- Mary Fennell Lyles, MD, and geriatrics dietitian Dixie Yow, RD, offer these tips to make sure your loved one is getting the nutrition they need. "You have to investigate a

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  4. Getting Help: Meals Delivered at Home

    Having meals delivered at home can be handy for nearly everyone -- no matter your age, income level, or mobility. These days, there are many options for meal delivery, from Meals on Wheels to gourmet meal delivery. So whether you’re just too busy to cook, or a medical condition makes preparing meals

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  5. How to Keep Your Bones Strong as You Age

    It's true that we lose bone as we age. Bone loss can cause osteoporosis, where bones can become so thin that they break. Fractures from osteoporosis are a leading cause of disability. The good news: Osteoporosis isn't a natural part of aging -- there’s plenty you can do to keep your bones strong and

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  6. 10 Foods You and Your Grandkids Should Eat

    You love your grandkids. They're the cutest and smartest on the block. Chances are you take every opportunity to spend time with them. That probably means choosing meals and snacks together. What’s the smartest choice? "Growing kids typically have voracious appetites. They need lots of calories for

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  7. Eating to Control Diabetes and Blood Sugar

    What you eat -- and when you eat it -- can affect your blood sugar levels. These food tips, in addition to following your doctor’s advice, can help keep your blood sugar levels in check. "When you’ve spent a lifetime developing eating habits, you can't just flip a switch and change them overnight,"

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  8. Older Adults: 9 Nutrients You May Be Missing

    Getting adequate nutrition can be a challenge as you get older. With age, the number of calories you need begins to decline. Every calorie you consume must be packed with nutrition in order to hit the mark. Even then, you may fall short. "As we get older, the body becomes less efficient at absorbing

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  9. Help for Eating Problems

    When dental pain, an upset stomach, or a dry mouth makes eating difficult, mealtime can feel more like a chore than a joy. It can be frustrating if you’re no longer able to enjoy some of the foods you’re used to eating. And you may worry about how to get all the nutrition you need. But, with a few s

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  10. Myths About Exercise and Older Adults

    Have you given up on exercise? A lot of older people do -- just one out of four people between the ages of 65 and 74 exercises regularly. Many people assume that they're too out-of-shape, or sick, or tired, or just plain old to exercise. They're wrong. "Exercise is almost always good for people of a

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