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    1. 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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    2. 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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    3. 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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    4. 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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    5. 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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    6. 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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    7. Nutrition Challenges When You're Older or Sick

      Like many things in life as we get older, eating can be a challenge. The sense of taste, like the other senses, diminishes as we age. Appetite and taste can also be affected by medications. In addition, dental problems can make it difficult or painful to chew food. Loss of appetite can make it diffi

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    8. 7 Signs of Inadequate Nutrition

      Getting adequate nutrition may be trickier for older adults. Because seniors tend to be less active than younger people, they need fewer calories. Yet research shows that older people may need more of certain key nutrients, such as B vitamins and calcium. Unfortunately, nutrient deficiencies and mal

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    9. Eating for Longevity

      Is there such a thing as a longevity diet? Increasingly, studies suggest the answer is yes. Around the world, certain groups of people enjoy exceptionally long lives. Consider the lucky people of Okinawa. These Pacific Islanders have an average life expectancy of more than 81 years, compared to 78 i

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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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