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    50+: Live Better, Longer

    News and Features Related to Healthy Seniors

    1. Hope to Live to 100? Check Your Genes

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, March 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Healthy eating and exercise might help most people live to a respectable old age, but making it to 95 or 100 might require help from your DNA, a new study finds. "Genetic makeup explains an increasingly greater portion

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    2. Kidneys From Dead Older Donors May Help Seniors

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, March 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Older people who need a kidney transplant are better off receiving an available organ from an older deceased donor rather than waiting for one from a younger donor, a new study shows. While kidneys from older donors can

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    3. Online and Mail-Order Medicine: How to Buy Safely

      You know you can save time and money when you buy medicine online or through a mail-order pharmacy, but still you wonder: Is the seller legit and are the drugs safe? Follow these steps to make sure you're getting a good deal. No. 1. Be wary of a super-bargain. "If it's too good to be true, it probab

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    4. Exercise, Not Vitamin D, Cuts Injuries From Falls

      By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Neither routine exercise nor vitamin D supplementation does anything to lower the overall risk for accidental falls among older women, a new Finnish study says. However, the risk of serious injury as a result of falling was

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    5. A Sense of Purpose May Benefit Your Brain

      By Alan Mozes HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, March 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Having a strong sense of purpose in life may lower the likelihood of brain tissue damage in older adults, new research suggests. Autopsies conducted among adults in their 80s revealed that those who felt their lives had me

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    6. Older Heart Patients and Aggressive Treatments

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Older people with certain types of heart problems might benefit from aggressive treatment they might otherwise not receive because of their age, a new study suggests. Researchers looked at 458 patients, aged 80 and older,

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    7. Cochlear Implants and Seniors' Mood, Thinking

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, March 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Cochlear implants not only boost hearing in seniors with severe hearing loss, they might also enhance their emotional state and thinking abilities, a new study finds. A cochlear implant is a small device that helps prov

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    8. Exercise May Boost Mobility in Old Age

      By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, March 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Staying physically active as you age may ward off brain damage that can limit mobility, a small study says. Small areas of brain damage called white matter hyperintensities are seen in MRI scans of many older patient

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    9. Healthy Lifestyle May Guard Against Dementia

      By Robert Preidt HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, March 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A healthy diet, physical activity and brain exercises can help slow mental decline in older people at risk for dementia, a new study suggests. On the other hand, a high body-mass index (BMI) and poor heart health are s

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    10. How to Choose Assisted Living for Your Loved One

      If your loved one needs help with daily tasks but doesn't need intensive medical care, "assisted living" may be the answer. It's a way to let him live independently in a safe and caring atmosphere. Sometimes an assisted living home is part of a larger nursing care center or hospital, retirement comm

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