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May 16, 2016
Seniors: Pump Iron, Live Longer
WEDNESDAY, May 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- You probably already know that strength training, such as lifting weights or doing pushups, is good for you, but now new research suggests it may help you live longer, too. When people 65 and older did strength training twice a week, they lowered their odds of dying from any cause by almost half during a 15-year study. "The secret to a longer and healthier life may not be available in pill form, but it may look like a barbell," said lead study author Dr. Jennifer Kraschnewski. She's an assistant professor of medicine and public health sciences at Penn State College of Medicine, in Hershey, Pa. "Strength training can substantially decrease mortality risk, and more importantly, some of our other work demonstrates the impact of strength training on improving functional limitations [in older people]," she added.
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May 3, 2016
Your Brain is Plastic and That’s Really Cool
Well, yes it is. That’s great news for aging adults. Current neuroscience theory suggests that our brains are constantly evolving in response to what we actually do in the world. Like plastic, they are malleable. Sadly, our culture has failed to “get the memo,” and claims that our brains are hardwired to decline, as we get older. That’s it. End of story. How many times have you heard, “She’s sliding into retirement.” or, “Can she really keep up?” These declarations often precede being jettisoned from jobs or written off by younger generations as over the proverbial hill. Some of us are actually in collusion
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April 21, 2016
Walk, Jog or Dance: It’s All Good for the Aging Brain
More people are living longer these days, but the good news comes shadowed by the possible increase in cases of age-related mental decline. By some estimates, the global incidence of dementia will more than triple in the next 35 years. That grim prospect is what makes a study published in March in The Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease so encouraging: It turns out that regular walking, cycling, swimming, dancing and even gardening may substantially reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s.
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April 11, 2016
Baby boomers, are you fit for everyday life?
Old age isn't what it used to be."Our expectations have changed from dying at 75 to living well into our 90s and even to 100," says Robin Robertson, a gym owner and trainer in Bellingham, Wash., who specializes in fitness for those 55 and older. "We could all use tips on how to make those years healthy and vibrant rather than burdensome."
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April 1, 2016
The Best Ways to Lose Weight After 50
Nearly every day, a news report focuses on the rising rates of obesity in the U.S., which is currently at more than one-third of the population, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Carrying excess weight not only makes it difficult to zip up your pants, but it also is associated with many serious health risks, including heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and some cancers, the CDC says. Worse yet, adults age 40 to 59 comprise nearly 40 percent of this statistic and adults 60 and over make up another 35 percent. Several factors make this so, says Dr. Brian Quebbemann, a bariatric surgeon and founder of the N.E.W. Program in Newport Beach, Calif.
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