Staying healthy

Older drivers: 7 tips for driver safety

Driver safety requires more than understanding road signs and traffic laws. As you get older, you’ll likely notice physical changes that can make certain actions — such as turning your head to look for oncoming traffic or driving at night … Continue reading

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Eating well

As you age, eating well—that is, eating low-fat, nutrient-packed foods—becomes even more important. http://www.aarp.org/health/brain-health/info-2006/eat_wellfor_brain_and_body.html

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Memory loss: when to seek help

A number of conditions — not only Alzheimer’s disease — can cause memory loss in older adults. Getting a prompt diagnosis and appropriate care is important. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/alzheimers-disease/in-depth/memory-loss/ART-20046326

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Best bets for brain health

Anyone who promises you guaranteed strategies or products to protect and preserve your mind and prevent dementia is either trying to sell you something or suffering from wishful thinking. Still, scientists all over the world have been working to solve … Continue reading

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Cholesterol: top five foods to lower your numbers

Diet can play an important role in lowering your cholesterol. Here are five foods that can lower your cholesterol and protect your heart. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/high-blood-cholesterol/in-depth/cholesterol/ART-20045192

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Assessing your weight and health risk

Assessment of weight and health risk involves using three key measures:  (i) Body mass index (BMI),  (ii) Waist circumference , (iii)  Risk factors for diseases and conditions associated with obesity http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/obesity/lose_wt/risk.htm

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Aim for a healthy weight

Reaching and maintaining a healthy weight is important for overall health and can help you prevent and control many diseases and conditions. If you are overweight or obese, you are at higher risk of developing serious health problems, including heart … Continue reading

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Walking may lower dementia risk

For people in their 60s, regular walking appears to lower the risk of dementia. The finding, published  in the medical journal Neurology, is the latest study to show that exercise helps delay some of the worst ravages of aging for … Continue reading

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Exercise: a guide for older people

Keeping active won’t make you younger but it may prevent or delay the annoying or downright dangerous effects of ageing such as falling and tripping. http://www.nia.nih.gov/health/publication/exercise-and-physical-activity

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Brain Fitness: tips to keep mentally alert

By Ian Wiseman  ‘Brain Fitness’ is a popular topic often referred to in self-help books with many programmes claiming that ‘old dogs’ can be taught new tricks.  And there is growing body of evidence to support this claim. If you … Continue reading

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