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  1. Midlife Fitness Linked to Lower Dementia Risk

    Feb. 5, 2013 -- Higher fitness levels in middle age are linked with a lower risk of dementia later in life, a new study suggests. "We already know exercise has cardiovascular and many other benefits, but this may give people more incentive to get moving," says researcher Laura F. DeFina, MD, from Th

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  2. Baby Boomers' Health Worse Than Their Parents'

    Feb. 5, 2012 -- Today's baby boomers may live longer than their parents, but they are less healthy overall, a new study finds. “U.S. baby boomers have higher rates of chronic disease, more disability, and lower self-rated health than members of the previous generation at the same age," write the aut

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  3. A Good Mood May Boost Seniors' Brain Power

    By Mary Elizabeth Dallas HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Feb. 4 (HealthDay News) -- When older people's mood improves, so does their brain power, new research suggests. Being in a good mood appears to enhance decision-making skills and working memory among older adults, according to the study published i

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  4. Hearing Loss Linked to Mental Decline in Elderly

    Jan. 22, 2013 -- Hearing loss and mental decline are two common conditions of aging, and now a new study finds that they may be related. Older people with hearing deficits were more likely than those with normal hearing to develop problems with memory and thinking over the course of the study. On av

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  5. Exercises to Lower Your Blood Sugar

    It’s never too late to reap the benefits of exercise, whether you’re 45 or 95. First of all, it simply makes you feel good to move. By becoming more active, you can also lower your blood sugar to keep diabetes under control. “You don’t need to run a marathon to get results,” says Dawn Sherr, RD, of

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  6. Do Older Adults Need Vitamins, Supplements?

    Nov. 30, 2012 -- At least half of adults age 65 and above take daily vitamins and other supplements, but only a fraction actually need them, says an Emory University expert. The majority of older adults, he says, can improve their diet to get needed nutrients. "A lot of money is wasted in providing

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  7. Safe Sex for Grown-Ups

    When dance instructor Joan Price of Sebastopol, Calif., met the love of her life in her line dancing class at the age of 57, she was already wise to the steps and spins of modern dating, especially when it came to sex. She had been dating for years following her divorce, mostly short-term relationsh

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  8. You’re Only as Old as You Feel

    Nov. 20, 2012 -- The old saying “You’re only as old as you feel" has new life, backed up by a new study. Researchers found older people with positive views on aging were 44% more likely to recover fully after severe disability than those with negative views on aging. People with positive attitudes a

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  9. Does Air Pollution Hurt Memory of Older Adults?

    Nov. 16, 2012 -- Air pollution may be bad for older brains, a new study shows. Older adults who live in areas of high pollution did not do as well on tests of memory and other thinking skills, according to a new study. "We know that air pollution is harmful for a child's developing brain," says rese

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  10. Physical Activity Boosts Brain Health

    Nov. 1, 2012 -- Add lower risk for memory problems to the list of potential benefits from regular physical activity. New research shows that older people who reported exercising for 30 minutes at least three times a week had a nearly 40% lower risk of dementia compared to people who were less active

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