Category Archives for Health

5 ways loneliness and social isolation can kill you

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Loneliness and social isolation are common among seniors. As people get older, they’re more likely to live alone and have little social contact. Additionally, more older adults than before do not have children, which means no descendants to visit and provide company. But this social isolation can have severe negative effects on physical and emotional health and longevity.Continue reading

Tips for preserving brain health

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For those who would like to maintain their brain health and mental faculties in their senior years, there are some simple things that are proven to work. Recent research reaffirms that the things you thought were good for your brain health, actually are. Getting enough sleep and exercise, and a healthy diet are among the most important habits for keeping your noggin in top form. Although most people are familiar with these habits, surveys show relatively few senior adults actually practice all of them.Continue reading

Optimism can make you healthier

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As we age, our risk of diseases and chronic health conditions increases. Heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and stroke all become more common as we get older. A healthy lifestyle, nutritious diet and regular exercise can help avoid or delay these conditions. And there’s another important thing you can do as well.Continue reading

Secrets of ‘superagers’

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Why do some people’s mental faculties decline rapidly with age, while others remain mentally sharp and active well into their senior years? That’s the question researchers are trying to answer in a study at Northwestern University and funded by the National Institutes of Health. They have identified several biological differences between those who retain their mental abilities and those who don’t.Continue reading

Three simple things you C.A.N. do to eat healthy

fruit basketIf you want to eat healthier, researchers at Cornell University have identified three simple steps you can do to make it easier. While eating healthy foods is largely a matter of personal choice, just a few small changes can make it part of your routine.

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Just a little exercise may be all you need

3-men-joggingYou’ve heard countless times about the health benefits of regular exercise. And not just a leisurely stroll around the block – some previous studies of walkers and cyclers have found an association between regular, strenuous exercise and long-term health and longevity. The more intense the exercise the better it is for you, these studies suggest.

But for those whose idea of fun doesn’t include pounding the pavement until they’re out of breath, here’s some good news. A recent study on runners by researchers in Denmark found that a slow to moderate pace is associated with the lowest risk of premature death.

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10 simple ways to help extend your life

longevity2Average life expectancy in the U.S. has been rising steadily and is currently 78.8 years. But what if you want to increase your personal life expectancy? We all know some keys to a longer, healthier life: regular exercise, eating more vegetables, going easy on the sodas and junk food, and avoiding tobacco products. But research has indicated some other behavioral things you can do to help add more years to your life. Here are ten simple physical, emotional, and psychological changes that, if made on a daily basis, could give you a longer – and happier – life.

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One of the best things for your health

toothbrushThe health of our teeth and gums is directly connected to the health of the rest of our bodies. Poor dental health impacts overall health and increases the risk of diabetes and heart disease.

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Would you want to live to your 100th birthday?

elderlybirthdayA common conception of a person who lives to be very old, is someone hanging on to life, but disabled if not bedridden, in constant discomfort, and having lost most of their mental faculties. Current research, however, is showing this to be a misconception.Continue reading

Want to know your risk of death within five years?

mortalityIf scientists developed an easy, reliable quiz that assessed your chance of dying in the next five years, would you take it?

Researchers in Sweden have produced a free, online quiz that they say determines with 80 percent accuracy the probability of dying in the next five years for men and women age 40 to 70. There’s a separate quiz for men and for women; each consists of about a dozen simple, straightforward questions. Continue reading

For a healthy life, get out of the house

mother_son_movingA vacation can be good for renewing the mind and spirit, but there are physical health benefits as well. The Framingham Heart Study found that women age 45 to 64 who vacationed at least twice a year had a significantly lower risk of heart disease than women who hardly ever took a vacation. Another study found that regular vacations also reduced the risk of death from heart disease in men. Here are some reasons why it’s good to get on the road every once in a while.Continue reading

Keep active for a healthier retirement

seniorsinparkRegular exercise is beneficial for most everyone at any age. When you’re young, exercise helps set a foundation of basic health and creates a good habit of physical activity that carries with you for a lifetime. When you’re older, you might engage in different types of activities, but the benefits are still the same. Continue reading

Prescription savings you (may) have overlooked

pillsWhen it comes to medication, your insurance always gives the best deal, right? Not necessarily. Many people don’t realize that Walmart, Target, CVS, and other national pharmacy chains offer prescription drug discount plans that may provide some savings.

Although these plans have nominal annual fees, often it’s possible to more than recoup that on prescription drug savings, as well as savings on other services such as flu shots. Continue reading

Is your body on a “slow simmer”?

humanbodyInflammation is part of the body’s response to foreign invaders, such as bacteria, viruses, and allergens. It’s also caused by irritants like pollen, dust, and damaged tissues. Inflammation is triggered when certain hormones in your body call for your white blood cells to come and clear out infections and damaged cells. When the threat has passed, the inflammation recedes and the body heals.

Often, however, inflammation turns on and never fully turns off, instead becoming systemic and chronic. Inflammation is a widespread problem in the U.S. Many of us are walking around on a “slow simmer”, as Nurse Practitioner Marcelle Pick says.

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A simple test for healthy brain function

brainAs people age, many worry about losing their mental capacities. Experts cite activities like regular physical exercise, maintaining social interactions, and cultivating hobbies like learning a musical instrument or foreign language in order to help people stave off declines in mental faculties.Continue reading