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Fitness and Aging Well: A Vital Correlation

Exercise2How vital is fitness to aging? Very.. A recent study of participants in the 2015 National Senior Games, also known as the Senior Olympics, revealed that the typical participant had a fitness age of more than 20 years younger than his or her chronological age. According to the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, fitness age is determined by a measure of cardiovascular endurance and is a better predictor of longevity than chronological age.

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Overly Emotional Responses Upsetting To Stroke Victim's Family

StormywaterDear Carol: My father was always quietly supportive. He loved his family but showed little emotion. Six months ago he had a stroke and is now in a nursing home. His speech has been affected and he has trouble finding the words he wants to use. He’s receiving therapy but will likely be wheelchair bound the rest of his life.  We have a large family and we all visit often. Mom practically lives at the nursing home with him.  He can seem fairly content but then out of nowhere he starts to cry. I know that these changes in his life have to be terribly depressing, but there doesn’t seem to be any logic to his crying spells. What can we do to help him? - Sandra

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Loneliness May Increase Dementia Risk, Heart Attacks and Stroke

LonetreeA study published in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery & Psychiatry has found that people who feel lonely are significantly more at risk for developing dementia. The study, headed by Tjalling Jan Holwerda of the VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam, found that participants who reported feeling lonely, no matter how many friends and family surrounded them, were more likely to experience dementia than those who didn’t feel lonely. 

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Can Fish Oil Help Preserve Brain Cells?

BayareaIt’s well known that the aging process generally causes the brain to shrink. But there may be hope. A new study of women’s brains is encouraging in that their data show that easily obtained fish oil seems to preserve brain cells and delay shrinkage. 

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Pursing Creative Arts Could Prevent or Delay Alzheimer’s

Completing crosswords, making a habit of Sudoku and playing challenging brain games on the Internet have long been suggested as methods of maintaining our cognitive health. These are all fine pursuits,but recent research by Mayo Clinic has shown that creative arts such as painting, drawing and sculpting may protect the mind against cognitive decline even better than the commonly used forms of brain exercise. 

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Spouse Continues Unhealthy Lifestyle Even After Diabetes Diagnosis

Dear Carol: My husband has Type 2 diabetes and refuses to take care of himself. He’s overweight and is haphazard about taking his medications. He eats what he wants without a thought toward his disease. I try to cook healthy meals aimed at his needs but he complains and wants his old favorites. I try to get him to go for walks so that he gets some exercise but he’s always got an excuse. 

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MIND Diet Recommended for Alzheimer's Prevention

BlueberriesPart of a healthy lifestyle, one that may prevent heart disease, Alzheimer’s and other diseases, involves consuming a nourishing diet. According to a recent study, one way to obtain these nutrients is through the MIND diet.

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Loneliness May Increase Dementia Risk, Heart Attacks and Stroke

Dementia aside, significant research has shown that having a supportive social network is linked with positive health outcomes, both psychological and physical, while lacking such support can be harmful. Previous studies have also suggested that loneliness itself can kill people, generally by raising blood pressure and increasing risk for stroke or heart disease. 

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Heart and Brain Health Closely Related

For years the Alzheimer's Association has made good use of the catch phrase "what's good for the heart is good for the brain." As additional research is conducted in both areas, that simple phrase is proving to be solid thinking. The startling admission of notable researchers who attended the 2014 Alzheimer's Association International Conference in Copenhagen that a healthy lifestyle is, at this point, the best hope we have to prevent or delay Alzheimer’s symptoms underscores this concept.

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Alzheimer’s and Communication: Some Suggestions

Since communication is vital to quality of life, we who care for those with Alzheimer’s or other diseases that make understanding language difficult need to learn unique methods of coping with the challenge. It’s not easy. When your wife thinks you are her brother, when your dad thinks his best friend is robbing him, when your 75-year-old mom insists that her baby is in danger – it will be your challenge to try to find words or actions that will calm your loved one and redirect his or her thinking.

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