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    50+: Live Better, Longer

    News and Features Related to Healthy Seniors

    1. Help a Loved One Eat Right

      It may take a little work to figure out what's keeping your loved one from eating, but once you do, you can help. Two experts -- Mary Fennell Lyles, MD, and geriatrics dietitian Dixie Yow, RD, offer these tips to make sure your loved one is getting the nutrition they need. "You have to investigate a

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    2. Maintaining a Healthy Appetite

      Not having an appetite is a frustrating problem for people who are underweight, or losing weight when they don’t want to. You know it's important to eat a variety of foods to maintain your health as you get older, but it's hard to eat when you’re not hungry or food isn't appealing. There are many re

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    3. Eating to Control Diabetes and Blood Sugar

      What you eat -- and when you eat it -- can affect your blood sugar levels. These food tips, in addition to following your doctor’s advice, can help keep your blood sugar levels in check. "When you’ve spent a lifetime developing eating habits, you can't just flip a switch and change them overnight,"

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    4. Myths About Exercise and Older Adults

      Have you given up on exercise? A lot of older people do -- just one out of four people between the ages of 65 and 74 exercises regularly. Many people assume that they're too out-of-shape, or sick, or tired, or just plain old to exercise. They're wrong. "Exercise is almost always good for people of a

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    5. Aging Brain, More Trouble With Financial Decisions?

      By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Sept. 30 (HealthDay News) -- Years of research have produced conflicting findings on aging's effects on brainpower. Now, a new study says that people aged 65 to 90 are significantly less likely than their younger counterparts to make what researchers defin

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    6. Little Benefit Seen in Repeat Bone-Density Testing

      By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Sept. 24 (HealthDay News) -- For many seniors, it may not be worthwhile to undergo frequent imaging tests to see if they're at risk for broken bones, a new study suggests. Repeating a bone-mineral-density test four years after the initial one did not pr

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    7. 2 Questions May Reveal Seniors' Impending Decline

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Sept. 17 (HealthDay News) -- Mobility is a key indicator of healthy aging, and doctors should screen older patients for signs of physical decline, say the authors of a new review. For the study, published Sept. 18 in the Journal of the American Medical As

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    8. Older Age May Mean Fewer Hangovers

      By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Sept. 13 (HealthDay News) -- Here's some good news for anyone who's ever woken up fuzzy-headed and bleary-eyed after a night of heavy boozing: New research suggests that hangovers fade with age. A large study of Danish people finds that hangover symptoms a

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    9. Video Game May Erase Effects of Aging on the Brain

      By Brenda Goodman HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Sept. 4 (HealthDay News) -- A specially designed video game may help sharpen mental skills that fade with age, a new study shows. The study, which is published in the Sept. 5 issue of the journal Nature, tested a video game that was created by brain sc

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    10. Middle-Aged Health Behavior a Matter of Degrees

      By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Aug. 29 (HealthDay News) -- Middle-aged Americans with a college degree are more likely to make healthy lifestyle changes when confronted with a health problem than those who dropped out of college or never went, new research finds. The way in wh

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