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  1. A Sense of Purpose May Benefit Your Brain

    By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, March 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Having a strong sense of purpose in life may lower the likelihood of brain tissue damage in older adults, new research suggests. Autopsies conducted among adults in their 80s revealed that those who felt their lives had me

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  2. Older Heart Patients and Aggressive Treatments

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Older people with certain types of heart problems might benefit from aggressive treatment they might otherwise not receive because of their age, a new study suggests. Researchers looked at 458 patients, aged 80 and older,

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  3. Cochlear Implants and Seniors' Mood, Thinking

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, March 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Cochlear implants not only boost hearing in seniors with severe hearing loss, they might also enhance their emotional state and thinking abilities, a new study finds. A cochlear implant is a small device that helps prov

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  4. Exercise May Boost Mobility in Old Age

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, March 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Staying physically active as you age may ward off brain damage that can limit mobility, a small study says. Small areas of brain damage called white matter hyperintensities are seen in MRI scans of many older patient

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  5. Healthy Lifestyle May Guard Against Dementia

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, March 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A healthy diet, physical activity and brain exercises can help slow mental decline in older people at risk for dementia, a new study suggests. On the other hand, a high body-mass index (BMI) and poor heart health are s

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  6. How to Get Emotional Strength for Caregiving

    Caring for a loved one is easier if you get the support you need to keep up your emotional strength. There are many resources that can help you get the backing you need. Many national groups have helpful information about what your loved one is going through. By having a better understanding of the

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  7. What You Need to Know About Nursing Homes

    If your loved one needs medical care that you can't give him, but he doesn't have to be in a hospital, a nursing home may be the right choice. It's a way for him to get regular attention from skilled health professionals. A nursing home has aides and nurses on-site 24 hours a day. Some have doctors

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  8. How to Choose Assisted Living for Your Loved One

    If your loved one needs help with daily tasks but doesn't need intensive medical care, "assisted living" may be the answer. It's a way to let him live independently in a safe and caring atmosphere. Sometimes an assisted living home is part of a larger nursing care center or hospital, retirement comm

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  9. How to Choose Long-Term Care

    You've got a number of options when you look for long-term care for your loved one. But first you need to answer some key questions about his health and finances.  "Ask yourself, 'What type of help does my loved one need to live as independently as possible?'" says Leah Eskenazi, director of operati

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  10. 7 Tips for New Caregivers

    The right planning and knowing where to get advice can make all the difference in your caregiving experience. Follow these tips to keep you and your loved one healthy and happy. Don't wait until a medical emergency happens to have a talk with your loved one about long-term care. "We should have this

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