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    50+: Live Better, Longer

    News and Features Related to Healthy Seniors

    1. Improve Your Odds for a Long and Healthy Life

      You know the story: Somebody's 99-year-old aunt never exercised, smoked her whole life, and lived on a diet of red meat and ice cream. So why bother with healthy living, right? "For every one person who lives a long life of unhealthy choices, there are countless others who die prematurely because of

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    2. Heart Disease: What Are the Medical Costs?

      Heart disease can affect more than your health. It can have an impact on your finances, too. Here's a rundown of the costs of heart disease -- and some advice about how you can protect your wallet. In 2010, the cost of cardiovascular disease in the U.S. was about $444 billion. That includes costs fo

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    3. Antioxidant Diet May Not Prevent Stroke, Dementia

      By Carina Storrs HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Feb. 20 (HealthDay News) -- Antioxidants are celebrated as "brain foods" and "super foods," but a new study suggests that not all diets high in antioxidants reduce the risk of dementia and stroke. The study involved more than 5,000 people in the Netherl

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    4. Baby Boomers' Health Worse Than Their Parents'

      Feb. 5, 2012 -- Today's baby boomers may live longer than their parents, but they are less healthy overall, a new study finds. “U.S. baby boomers have higher rates of chronic disease, more disability, and lower self-rated health than members of the previous generation at the same age," write the aut

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    5. Midlife Fitness Linked to Lower Dementia Risk

      Feb. 5, 2013 -- Higher fitness levels in middle age are linked with a lower risk of dementia later in life, a new study suggests. "We already know exercise has cardiovascular and many other benefits, but this may give people more incentive to get moving," says researcher Laura F. DeFina, MD, from Th

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    6. A Good Mood May Boost Seniors' Brain Power

      By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Feb. 4 (HealthDay News) -- When older people's mood improves, so does their brain power, new research suggests. Being in a good mood appears to enhance decision-making skills and working memory among older adults, according to the study published i

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    7. Hearing Loss Linked to Mental Decline in Elderly

      Jan. 22, 2013 -- Hearing loss and mental decline are two common conditions of aging, and now a new study finds that they may be related. Older people with hearing deficits were more likely than those with normal hearing to develop problems with memory and thinking over the course of the study. On av

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    8. Exercises to Lower Your Blood Sugar

      It’s never too late to reap the benefits of exercise, whether you’re 45 or 95. First of all, it simply makes you feel good to move. By becoming more active, you can also lower your blood sugar to keep diabetes under control. “You don’t need to run a marathon to get results,” says Dawn Sherr, RD, of

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    9. 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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    10. 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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