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    50+: Live Better, Longer

    News and Features Related to Healthy Seniors

    1. Do Older Adults Need Vitamins, Supplements?

      Nov. 30, 2012 -- At least half of adults age 65 and above take daily vitamins and other supplements, but only a fraction actually need them, says an Emory University expert. The majority of older adults, he says, can improve their diet to get needed nutrients. "A lot of money is wasted in providing

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    2. Safe Sex for Grown-Ups

      When dance instructor Joan Price of Sebastopol, Calif., met the love of her life in her line dancing class at the age of 57, she was already wise to the steps and spins of modern dating, especially when it came to sex. She had been dating for years following her divorce, mostly short-term relationsh

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    3. You’re Only as Old as You Feel

      Nov. 20, 2012 -- The old saying “You’re only as old as you feel" has new life, backed up by a new study. Researchers found older people with positive views on aging were 44% more likely to recover fully after severe disability than those with negative views on aging. People with positive attitudes a

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    4. Does Air Pollution Hurt Memory of Older Adults?

      Nov. 16, 2012 -- Air pollution may be bad for older brains, a new study shows. Older adults who live in areas of high pollution did not do as well on tests of memory and other thinking skills, according to a new study. "We know that air pollution is harmful for a child's developing brain," says rese

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    5. Physical Activity Boosts Brain Health

      Nov. 1, 2012 -- Add lower risk for memory problems to the list of potential benefits from regular physical activity. New research shows that older people who reported exercising for 30 minutes at least three times a week had a nearly 40% lower risk of dementia compared to people who were less active

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    6. Exercise Protects Aging Brains

      Oct. 22, 2012 -- Staying mentally sharp as you age may have more to do with working out than working on crossword puzzles, new research suggests. People who stayed physically active into old age tended to have larger brains than those who did not exercise in the study, published today in the journal

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    7. Hospital Food Contaminated With C. diff

      Oct. 19, 2012 -- A new report suggests that hospital food is frequently contaminated with the dangerous diarrhea bug Clostridium difficile (C. diff). Houston researchers found that about one-fourth of nearly 100 hospital food samples they tested were positive for C. diff. Among the worst culprits: t

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    8. Death Rates Drop for 5 Top Causes of Death

      Oct. 10, 2012 -- Death rates dropped significantly last year for five out of the 15 leading causes of death in the U.S., according to a new CDC report. Researchers say a major decline in three of the top five causes of death, including heart disease, cancer, and stroke, contributed to a slight decli

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    9. Insomnia, Anxiety Drugs May Raise Dementia Risk

      Sept. 27, 2012 -- Seniors who take certain kinds of drugs to treat anxiety or insomnia may be more likely to develop dementia than those who do not, a new study shows. Seniors are often prescribed benzodiazepines or similar drugs to help with sleeping problems or anxiety. And even though most of the

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    10. Which State’s Residents Live the Longest?

      Sept. 14, 2012 -- Hawaiians must be doing something right. A new report shows residents of the tropical state live longer than those of any other state in the country. The latest state-specific life expectancy tables from the CDC show Hawaiians’ average life expectancy at birth in 1999-2001 was 80 y

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