Why cholesterol drugs might affect memory One day in 1999 Duane Graveline, then a 68-year-old former NASA astronaut, returned home from his morning walk in Merritt Island, Fla., and could not remember where he was. His wife stepped outside, and he greeted her as a stranger. When Graveline’s memory returned some six hours later in the hospital, he racked his brain to figure out what might have caused this terrifying bout of amnesia. Only one

Happy people ‘are more creative’

Posted by admin on 6th May 2014

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A new study has revealed that outgoing people in a good mood are more creative compared with people who keep themselves to themselves. According to research carried out by Lorenzo Stafford, a psychologist at the University of Portsmouth, people who are in a good mood have more “happiness chemical” dopamine, allowing them to be the more creative thinkers. The study showed that those who keep themselves to themselves are no more creative whether they are

The Joy of Eating and Aging Well

Posted by admin on 22nd April 2014

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Food for thought: Think healthy eating is all about dieting and sacrifice? Think again. Eating well is a lifestyle that embraces colorful food, creativity in the kitchen, and eating with friends. For seniors, the benefits of healthy eating include increased mental acuteness, resistance to illness and disease, higher energy levels, a more robust immune system, faster recuperation times, and better management of chronic health problems. As we age, eating well can also be the key

Vitamin D for Depression

Posted by admin on 8th April 2014

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Low blood levels of vitamin D are strongly associated with depression among older people. The connection was strong even after taking age, gender, BMI, smoking, health, physical activity and geographic location into account.   Participants in the study who had either minor depression or major depressive disorder had blood levels of vitamin D that were 14 percent lower than those who were not depressed. Many older people may be at risk; the majority of the

Senior Exercise and Fitness Tips

Posted by admin on 31st March 2014

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Senior Exercise and Fitness Tips How to Gain Energy and Feel Stronger Thinking about how to begin a fitness routine? Good for you! As you grow older, leading an active lifestyle is more important than ever. Regular exercise helps seniors maintain health, boost energy, and improve confidence. The good news is—no matter your age, your health, or your fitness level—you can benefit from moving more. Whether you are generally healthy or are managing an illness,

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