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To Stay Sharp, Learn Something New and Difficult

For Baby Boomers approaching old age, there is all sorts of advice available how to stay physically and mentally fit. Fear of decline is particularly common in this generation that has long been used to so many advantages their forbearers could never fathom. Yet, health threats to both body and mind are as real as ever, and solutions are far from guaranteed. Ideas are plentiful, but which ones do really make a difference?

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Why Some People Never Seem to Get Sick

Winter weather makes most of us apprehensive about getting a cold or the flu, and often enough those fears are justified. No matter how religiously we wash our hands, keep our distance from others who already have the sniffles, or try to fortify our immune system with extra doses of vitamins, it seems to be a losing battle year after year. Yet some folks never appear to get affected. They just sail through this treacherous season without a hitch. How do these lucky few do it?

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Will Robots Be the Solution to a Growing Demand for Assisted Living?

The so-called Baby Boomer generation that is now entering retirement age lives longer, expects the world from its twilight years, and insists on staying independent for as long as possible. Most Boomers don’t even think about going out quietly, withering away in homes that offer little more than warehousing. Instead, they want to stay active and engaged until the very end, and they welcome all the help they can get to achieve that goal. And when they cannot do it anymore on their own, futuristic technology like robots for personal use may just be the ticket.

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Younger Consumers Are More Health-Conscious Than Previous Generations, Studies Find

When it comes to health matters, people seem to become more proactive than they used to be. While professional healthcare is generally still practiced in response to disease, an increasing interest in preventive measures shows a shift in awareness and behavior, especially among the young.

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With “Healthy” Food, You Don’t Always Get What You Pay For

“You get what you pay for” is an old truism that many of us take for granted. At times that may be a justifiable assumption, but not always. When health-conscious consumers spend significantly more for groceries they consider to be of higher nutritional value, they don’t necessarily get their money’s worth, according to studies. Still, the belief persists that eating better requires greater expenses. It doesn’t have to be this way.

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Why I Still Believe in New Year’s Resolutions

According to statistics, weight issues reliably rank at the top of all New Year’s resolutions. Sadly, of those who want to do better in that department, less than 10 percent will succeed. Long-lasting improvements are even more elusive. So why even bother, you might ask. The short answer is, because it can be done if done right.

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Eating While Watching TV, a Formula for Weight Problems

Watching television while eating is a common phenomenon in our culture. Millions of people are so hooked, they seem unable to wean themselves off the tube even for a limited amount of time, such as the duration of a sit-down meal. And it is not just the after hours routine that’s disconcerting. Staying fixated on computers or smart phones practically all day long is commonplace for many. As a result, distracted eating has become the norm rather than the exception.

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