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  1. Low Vitamin D Linked to Weight Gain in Older Women

    June 25, 2012 -- Older women with low blood levels of vitamin D may be more prone to pack on the pounds, when compared with women who have adequate vitamin D levels. Of more than 4,600 women aged 65 and older, those with insufficient levels of vitamin D in their blood gained about two pounds more th

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  2. Loneliness Linked to Death, Disability

    June 18, 2012 -- Living alone or simply feeling lonely may raise a person's risk for a decline in health, two new studies show. The studies, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, are some of the largest to date to support the idea that being isolated from friends and family affects the qua

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  3. Vitamin D With Calcium May Boost Survival

    June 15, 2012 -- Older people who take vitamin D with calcium may have lower death rates than those who don't. That finding comes from a new study, published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism . It comes just days after an expert government panel reported that there is insufficien

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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