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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. Berries May Slow Memory Loss

    April 26, 2012 -- Eating berries at least once a week may protect the brain from age-related memory loss, a large new study shows. The study included more than 16,000 women who are taking part in the Nurses' Health Study. Researchers have been keeping tabs on the women's diets since 1980. Between 19

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  6. Summer Temperature Swings May Harm Elderly

    April 9, 2012 -- Extreme summer temperature swings may be a health threat for people ages 65 and older, a 20-year study shows. Those kinds of big temperature swings are becoming more common, according to some climate models. "It means we probably should be more concerned about climate change because

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  7. Memory Problems May Worsen After Hospital Stay

    March 21, 2012 -- Older people who are hospitalized may experience a worsening of their memory problems and thinking abilities after they are discharged, a new study suggests. Exactly why this occurs is not fully understood. “Hospitalization is very common in older age and many older Americans are s

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  8. U.S. Death Rates Drop 60% in 75 Years

    March 13, 2012 -- Death may be inevitable, but a new report shows the risk of death isn’t what it used to be. Researchers found the risk of dying has dropped by 60% over the last 75 years. The CDC report on trends on death rates in the U.S. shows the risk of death has decreased for all age groups, b

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  9. Berries Boost Brain Function

    March 9, 2012 -- Making berries a part of your daily diet may help keep your memory sharp, a new review shows. The review shows there’s strong evidence that eating berries boosts brain function and may prevent age-related memory loss. “In addition to their now well-known antioxidant effects, dietary

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  10. Study: Sleep Disturbances Not Linked to Aging

    March 1, 2012 -- Like fine wine, sleep may get better with age. At least that’s what a study of more than 150,000 adults suggests. According to the new report, many people in their 80s have fewer complaints about their sleep than their younger counterparts. Although the results are based on self-rep

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