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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  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. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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