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    1. Cocoa May Sharpen Aging Brain

      Aug. 13, 2012 -- Drinking a cocoa-rich beverage every day may help brain health in older adults, a new study shows. The study, published in Hypertension, included 90 elderly people who already had mild cognitive impairment (MCI), which can include difficulty with memory, language, thinking, or judgm

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    2. Exercise May Reduce Risk of Alzheimer's

      July 16, 2012 -- Being physically active -- whether it's aerobic activity like walking or resistance training to build muscles -- can keep your brain sharp and potentially reduce your risk of getting Alzheimer's disease, new studies show. Exercise can even grow the brains of older adults, says resea

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    3. Health Highlights: September, Healthy Aging Month

      Each issue, WebMD the Magazine's "Health Highlights" focuses on a national health theme for the month with expert tips, reader comments, and eye-catching factoids. September is Healthy Aging month – follow these tips to stay at your peak! 1. Get moving Exercise regularly to maintain a healthy body a

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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. 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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    8. 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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    9. 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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    10. Healthy Body, Healthy Mind

      Americans are living longer than ever before. And healthy seniors can look forward to many years of active life, thanks to the ability to repair or replace damaged joints, remove cataracts, treat heart problems, and other advances. But there’s a downside. Because we are living longer, we’re more lik

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