AARP: Low Vitamin D May Double Risk of Dementia, 11/3/2014

November 03, 2014

Low Vitamin D May Double Risk of Dementia

While it is unclear whether low vitamin D levels increase risks of cognitive decline or vise versa, there is certainly a relationship between the two.  What recent research is finding is that low levels of vitamin D are associated with adults at more than a doubled risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer’s.

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AARP: For Longevity, Laughter and a Good Night’s Rest, 10/24/2014

October 24, 2014

Over the years, research has consistently shown the positive effects of laughter.  Not only does laughing reduce stress, but it can improve function of the immune system and even relieve pain!  Also not new to news is that getting six to nine hours of sleep is essential in allowing the body and mind to recharge and can enhance the body’s ability to strengthen connections between brain cells and slow premature aging.  By getting enough sleep and finding reasons to laugh when you’re awake, you are …

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AARP: Learning a Second Language at any Age Can Slow Brain Aging, 10/6/2014

October 06, 2014

Not only does learning a second language improve your ability to communicate with a diverse collection of people, it can also be advantageous for the health of your brain!  Using the mental skills it requires to learn a new language may delay the onset of dementia by 4-5 years.  Thomas Bak, neurologist and lead author of a new study published in Annals of Neurology in 2013, was part of a team who studied two cohorts for several decades to determine if knowing more than one …

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AARP: Drug Abuse and Antipsychotics in Nursing Homes, 10/2/2014

October 02, 2014

AARP: Drug Abuse and Antipsychotics in Nursing Homes

 

We do our best to be as healthy as possible, but aging is inevitable.  As we age, we will be cared for by family or institutions such as nursing homes and community care.  What is discerning about this is that nursing homes have recently been the object of some serious investigation.  Numerous incidents across the nation, and for extended periods of time, have reported elderly residents showing accelerated decrease in their health.  What studies are showing is that …

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AARP: Eat to Beat Cancer, 09/09/2014

September 09, 2014

Eat to Beat Cancer

We have long heard about the benefits of particular health foods. “An apple a day keeps the doctor away,” still rings true as studies are finding foods such as apples, nuts and lentils may prevent certain kinds of cancers.  Foods containing elements such as resveratrol (in red grapes and red wine), sulforaphane (in broccoli), and lycopene (in tomatoes) may prevent or break down the formation of cancerous cells. So, eating a diet based around fruits, vegetables, and whole grains will not only …

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AARP: Brain-healthy Lifestyle Works to Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease, 8/28/2014

August 28, 2014

Brain-healthy Lifestyle Works to Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease, U.S. Dementia Rates Drop

Research is showing prevention of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia may be possible by living a healthy lifestyle.  In a two year, controlled study, researchers looked at 1,260 adults at risk of Alzheimer’s and broke them into two groups, one with a healthy lifestyle intervention and the other without.  The study found adults with regular activity and healthy eating fared better on tests of memory, planning, problem solving and quick thinking.

 

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AARP: Calling All Cynics: Your Mistrust Is Bad for Your Brain, 08/22/2014

August 22, 2014

Believe it or not, your outlook on life has an effect on your quality of life.  If you do not believe it, or have other tendencies of cynicism, studies are showing you may be at an increased risk for dementia.  In a Finnish study of 1,449 adults, results showed individuals who portrayed qualities of cynical mistrust were three times more likely to develop dementia than their more optimistic cohort. Perhaps these results are due to the trend that cynics tend to be less socially active …

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AARP: Helping Your Knees, Step-by-6,000-Steps, 08/01/2014

August 01, 2014

Helping Your Knees, Step-by-6,000-Steps

Arthritis is currently affecting an estimated 27 million Americans, about fifty percent of who are 65 years of age or older.  Studies show that walking can alleviate and even prevent onset and symptoms of this painful condition.  And now, new studies are showing that even just a little bit of walking can offer preventative measures and other positive health benefits.

While researchers in the past have said that 10,000 daily steps will do the trick, new studies have shown even 6,000 steps a …

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AARP: 91 Year-old Woman Makes Marathon History, 7/22/2014

July 22, 2014

AARP: 91 Year-old Woman Makes Marathon History

At 91 years old, Harriet Thompson completed her 15th marathon, making her the second oldest marathon runner in U.S history!  Thompson only began jogging at the age of 76, proving you are never too old to get into better shape.

A two-time cancer survivor, Thompson said she wasn’t even in her best shape during this most recent marathon, as she was recovering from a recent round of radiation. It is never too late to make healthy changes in your life; …

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