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  1. Personality Secrets to a Long Life

    May 30, 2012 -- A new study may offer some tips to help you stick around for your 100th birthday. Try to be optimistic, easygoing, sociable, and conscientious. Don't bottle up your feelings. Suppress the urge to talk ill of others, the new research suggests. That combination of personality factors s

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  2. Exercise, Vitamin D Can Lower Fall Risk in Elderly

    May 29, 2012 -- Older people can reduce their risk for serious falls by exercising regularly and taking vitamin D supplements, an expert panel now says. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force panel found "convincing evidence" that exercise or physical therapy and vitamin D supplementation can help

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  3. Why Caregivers Need Care, Too

    Since Jeanne Erdmann's mother was diagnosed three years ago with dementia, she has taken on the daily responsibilities of bathing and dressing her mom, preparing her meals, making sure she takes her medicine, and managing her finances. "It wears you down. I think it's the grind of having someone the

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  4. Eating for Longevity

    Is there such a thing as a longevity diet? Increasingly, studies suggest the answer is yes. Around the world, certain groups of people enjoy exceptionally long lives. Consider the lucky people of Okinawa. These Pacific Islanders have an average life expectancy of more than 81 years, compared to 78 i

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  5. Nutrition Challenges When You're Older or Sick

    Like many things in life as we get older, eating can be a challenge. The sense of taste, like the other senses, diminishes as we age. Appetite and taste can also be affected by medications. In addition, dental problems can make it difficult or painful to chew food. Loss of appetite can make it diffi

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  6. Healthy Body, Healthy Mind

    Americans are living longer than ever before. And healthy seniors can look forward to many years of active life, thanks to the ability to repair or replace damaged joints, remove cataracts, treat heart problems, and other advances. But there’s a downside. Because we are living longer, we’re more lik

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  7. Myths & Facts About Food and Nutrition After 60

    Never before has so much good nutritional advice been available from so many sources -- from nutrition facts panels on food labels to books by highly respected experts. But there’s plenty of misinformation out there, too. For seniors looking for reliable information about healthy aging and nutrition

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  8. Asthma an Often Unrecognized Risk for Older People

    May 4, 2012 -- Asthma is not just dangerous for kids. People over 65 also have asthma and often face an uphill health battle as a result, a new study suggests. Once hospitalized, these individuals are 14 times more likely to die from asthma than younger adults. What's more, asthma increases their ri

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  9. 7 Signs of Inadequate Nutrition

    Getting adequate nutrition may be trickier for older adults. Because seniors tend to be less active than younger people, they need fewer calories. Yet research shows that older people may need more of certain key nutrients, such as B vitamins and calcium. Unfortunately, nutrient deficiencies and mal

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  10. For a Healthy Aging Brain, 'Use It or Lose It'

    April 27, 2012 -- Newly minted octogenarian Burt Garrett says he doesn't actively work to keep his mind and memory sharp, but a new research review suggests that he's doing a lot of things right. Days before his 80th birthday earlier this month, Garrett drove from his home outside Athens, Ga., to th

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