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Longevity Quiz
The Longevity Quiz What's the secret to a long, healthy life? The secret is that it depends on you. You can take steps to keep yourself healthy in the long run. Find out what you know about living longer by taking this true-false quiz. 1. To reduce your risk for chronic disease as an adult, you need to exercise at least 2 hours a day. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is The USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans say that you should get at least 150 minutes a week of modera...
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The rate of disability among older people has fallen over the last 20 years, the National Institute on Aging says.
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Can Optimism Make a Difference in Your Life?
Can Optimism Make a Difference in Your Life? Do you have a rosy outlook and see the glass as half-full rather than half-empty? If so, your good attitude may have even more benefits than you think. A growing number of scientific studies suggest optimistic people tend to live longer and have better physical and mental health than pessimistic people. The science behind the smiles The idea of optimism leading to better health has been studied. Researchers have reviewed the results of over 80 studies to look...
Older Adults and the Importance of Social Interaction
Older Adults and the Importance of Social Interaction As you get older and retire or move to a new community, you may not have quite as many opportunities to socialize as you did when you were younger. If you're not heading to an office or getting out and about each day, you may be missing out on important social interaction that you need to stay sharp, healthy, and maybe even ward off dementia. Research has shown that social interaction offers older adults many benefits. Staying socially active and mai...
Stress and Older Adults
Stress and Older Adults Stress is an unavoidable part of life. The quickening of your heartbeat and the heightening of your senses that you experience with normal stress is just your body preparing for a fight-or-flight response. But when stress goes on for too long it can be dangerous. For older adults, prolonged stress can come from chronic illness, disability, or the loss of a spouse. These types of stressors are long term and can be more difficult to deal with. Stress causes your body to release str...
Five Ways to Age Gracefully
Five Ways to Age Gracefully In recent years, an increasing amount of scientific evidence has supported the idea that people can do quite a lot on their own to lengthen their life span and to enhance the quality of life as they age. Here are five steps to take every day that can promote healthy aging and boost longevity: 1. Eat healthy foods to help prevent diseases such as heart disease, cancer and stroke. In addition, maintain a healthy weight. To maintain a healthy weight, maintain strength and help p...
Debunking 10 Aging Myths
Debunking 10 Aging Myths Many older Americans lead healthy, interesting, and productive lives well into their later years. But that’s not what we usually hear about. Instead, the emphasis is often on the limitations people experience as they get older from problems as varied as falls, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. The result is that we tend to have a bleak picture of getting older. Fortunately, the future can be far brighter. Myth 1: Old people are lonely. In actuality, older adults are less l...