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  1. Most Americans Don't Deal With End-of-Life Issues

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Dec. 10, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Most Americans do not deal with end-of-life issues and wishes, a new study indicates. Researchers analyzed data from nearly 8,000 people who took part in nationwide surveys conducted in 2009 and 2010, and found that only

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  2. Want to Stay Young? Start Moving

    By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Nov. 26, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- A new study finds that exercise among older adults helps ward off depression, dementia and other health problems, such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Exercise increased the odds of healthy aging as much as seven

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  3. Recessions May Contribute to Mental Decline Years Later: Study

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Nov. 21, 2013 (HealthDay News) -- Recessions can have long-lasting effects, and they may not be just financial. A new study has found that people affected by an economic downturn in middle age may be at risk for mental decline later in life. Researchers

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  4. Cells Show Signs of Faster Aging After Depression

    By Brenda Goodman HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Nov. 12 (HealthDay News) -- The cells of people who have had depression may age more quickly, a new study suggests. Dutch researchers compared cell structures called telomeres in more than 2,400 people with and without depression. Like the plastic tips a

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  5. Mediterranean Diet May Help Women Live Longer, Healthier Lives

    By Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Nov. 4 (HealthDay News) -- Middle-aged women who follow a heart-healthy Mediterranean diet may live a healthier, longer life, a new study suggests. "Women with healthier dietary patterns at midlife were 40 percent more likely to survive to age 70 or over

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  6. Jury Still Out on Routine Mental Tests for Seniors, Panel Says

    By Randy Dotinga HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Nov. 4 (HealthDay News) -- Physicians give screening tests to older adults who show signs of mental decline, and some experts have theorized that all seniors might benefit from routine memory testing. But proposed guidelines from a U.S. government-appointe

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  7. Balance Training Seems to Prevent Falls by Elderly

    By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Oct. 29 (HealthDay News) -- Exercise programs meant to prevent falls in seniors may also help prevent injuries caused by falls, according to a new review. Fall-related injuries are common among seniors and a major cause of long-term pain and disability. T

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  8. Help a Loved One Eat Right to Recover From Illness

    When a senior is sick or recovering from an injury, it's important for them to eat a healthy diet. Getting enough calories from nutritious foods can help their recovery. It will help their bodies heal and give them the mental and physical energy they need. "The most important thing is to ensure that

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  9. Eating to Control Diabetes and Blood Sugar

    What you eat -- and when you eat it -- can affect your blood sugar levels. These food tips, in addition to following your doctor’s advice, can help keep your blood sugar levels in check. "When you’ve spent a lifetime developing eating habits, you can't just flip a switch and change them overnight,"

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  10. Help a Loved One Eat Right

    It may take a little work to figure out what's keeping your loved one from eating, but once you do, you can help. Two experts -- Mary Fennell Lyles, MD, and geriatrics dietitian Dixie Yow, RD, offer these tips to make sure your loved one is getting the nutrition they need.    "You have to investigat

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