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    1. Hearing Aids May Help Keep Seniors' Minds Sharp

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, April 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A hearing aid may do more than help you hear better: New research suggests that the devices might also help prevent mental decline in elderly people with hearing loss. "We know that hearing aids can keep older adults w

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    2. Sense of Direction Trouble and Early Alzheimer's

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 26, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Difficulty remembering how to get around in new surroundings may be an extremely early sign of Alzheimer's, a small study suggests. The findings, if borne out in future research, might help doctors diagnose Alzheimer's l

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    3. Retirement Can Be Golden for Your Health

      By Don Rauf HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, April 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Although aging may mean more physical problems, retirement can help people lead healthier lives, a new study from Australia suggests. Researchers found that when folks retire they tend to increase their physical activity, si

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    4. Good Friends Are Good for You

      "You got to have friends to make that day last long," sings Bette Midler. Good friends may help your life last longer, too. A recent study followed nearly 1,500 older people for 10 years. It found that those who had a large network of friends outlived those with fewer friends by more than 20%. Why?

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    5. Don’t Go Through Tough Times Alone

      Are you going through a rough patch? Do you feel like you’re the only one in the world going through it? You’re not. A support network can lead to a better journey and greater overall health. Some people get the understanding they need from family and friends. But for others, a group of folks facing

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    6. Technology and Relationships: The Pros and Cons

      As we spend more and more time snuggled up with our smartphones, laptops, and tablets, a big question looms: Are these devices bringing us closer together or further apart? The answer may depend on which decade you were born in.  “Boomers and Gen-Xers may look at young people staring at their device

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    7. Keeping in Touch With Family Can Keep You Healthy

      Families, almost from their start, face forces that could pull them apart. When a family begins to mature, that potential loss of connection, that feeling of something changing, is difficult to confront. And it makes communication even more important. “This idea of feeling connected becomes very rei

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    8. Americans' Longer Life Equals Poorer Health

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, April 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Americans are living longer, but those extra years may include poor health or a disability, a new study finds. Between 1970 and 2010, the average life span for men increased 9.2 years to 76.2 years of age, and for women

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    9. What to Ask Your Surgeon Before an Operation

      Getting nervous as the big day approaches? You'll feel more relaxed if you meet with your surgeon beforehand to get your questions answered. He can tell you what to expect and explain how to prepare. Most surgeries used to happen at hospitals, says Frederick L. Greene, MD, FACS, a medical director a

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    10. 7 Tips to Help Decide if Surgery Is Right for You

      If you're not sure whether to go ahead with surgery, think about the pros and cons. It may seem like a daunting task, but with your doctor's help, you can lay out the risks and benefits. These simple steps can make it easier to reach a decision. Ask your surgeon to get specific about how an operatio

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