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Quiz: Test Your Knowledge About Healthy Retirement

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To keep your brain sharp:

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To keep your brain sharp:

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Flexing your gray matter with crossword puzzles and book reading can lower your risk of Alzheimer's disease. But getting up and moving is just as important. Research has found that almost any moderate exercise (like walking, swimming, or biking) lowers the risk of mild cognitive impairment (MCI). That's a condition that often happens before Alzheimer's disease. People with MCI get Alzheimer's at a rate 10 times higher than the general population.

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The earlier you retire, the better.

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The earlier you retire, the better.

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Who knew that work is actually good for you? Early retirement may be your dream situation, but experts found that people who retire in their early 60s have a harder time with health than people who stay in the workforce. People who work part-time or as a temp tend to function better on a daily basis. They have fewer major diseases and better mental health.

Experts don't know exactly how work or even a particular job helps a person stay sharper. But having somewhere to be, something to do, and being social may help keep you sharp. And you'll have a little more money for your nest egg.

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How much longer does retirement last today than it did in the 1960s?

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How much longer does retirement last today than it did in the 1960s?

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On average, men today will be retired for about 18 years. Guys who retired in the 1960s could expect to enjoy less than half of that. The reason? Americans are still retiring around the same age, but we're living longer overall.

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How many people say retirement means less sex?

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How many people say retirement means less sex?

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Even though you're ready to retire, it doesn't mean you're too old for sex. While some people report a dip, it isn't huge, according to an AARP survey.

It seems to affect men more than women. Twenty five percent of men say they have less sex than before. Only 19% of women say the same. To keep your romantic life healthy, use some of your newfound time to reconnect with your partner. Find activities you can enjoy together or something on your own that can breathe new passion into your relationship.

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Babysitting grandkids is bad for your health.

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Babysitting grandkids is bad for your health.

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Go ahead and offer to watch the grandkids if you enjoy spending time with them. While some studies have suggested that caring for youngsters can cause health problems for grandparents, it's not always the case. Grandparents who see their health decline as a result of caring for their grandchildren are the exception, not the rule, according to one large study.

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Which area ranks as the best place to retire?

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Which area ranks as the best place to retire?

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Turns out there's more to the best retirement spot than sun and sand. When ranked on a healthy, active lifestyle and access to quality health care, the Provo-Orem area ranked tops for large metro areas, according to one 2012 study. Other reasons for its top marks included a sense of community, high rates of volunteer work, and plenty of continuing-care facilities. Sioux Falls, SD, was No. 1 for small metro areas.

Bottom line: What makes somewhere the best is up to you. Taking into account how close you are (or not) to family, ability to safely drive and easily walk places, and the support services available may be other things you want to consider.

Looking to relocate? There are many online rankings and tools that can help you choose your best retirement city.

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How many retirees want to move closer to their family?

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How many retirees want to move closer to their family?

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Surprised? When it comes to retirement, only 32% of people over 55 want to move within 20 miles of their kids and grandkids. Most retirees aren't heading to Florida, either. Almost half (43%) want to stay right where they are, in the same city where they live now. Reason? The survey taker, homebuilder PulteGroup, says people don't want to leave friends and familiar surroundings -- and many also plan to keep working after "retiring."

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Most people become less physically active after they retire.

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Most people become less physically active after they retire.

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Even if you haven't been as active as you'd like during your working years, that doesn't mean you can't get moving after retirement. In general, people actually tend to become more active after they retire.

In one study, women raised their moderate and vigorous activity time by 31 minutes per week. Men increased their activity by 42 minutes per week. So get up, get out there, and enjoy! Exercise not only feels good, but it can help your sleep, too.

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After retirement, people tend to drink:

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After retirement, people tend to drink:

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You can sleep in. You have more free time during the day. Having that extra glass of wine seems to make sense. Right?

While at least one survey found that retirees tend to drink more and heavily, it doesn't mean it's a good idea to go for it. For your health, try to stick to just one drink a day for women and two for men.

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