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Growing Old Is Not for Sissies
According the Census Bureau’s latest report, there were 40.3 million people age 65 and older living in America in 2010, an increase of about 15 percent from a decade ago. By contrast, the entire U.S. population grew by only 9.7 percent during the same time period. For the first time in history, the elderly are now the fastest growing demographic group in the country.
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Reducing Risk Factors for Alzheimer’s Disease
At an international conference, sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association last July in Paris, researchers discussed the growing global risk of Alzheimer’s disease. It is estimated that 36 million people currently suffer from the disease worldwide. Predictions are that those numbers will triple by the mid-century. Although the causes of Alzheimer’s disease are not yet fully understood, it is becoming increasingly evident that diet and lifestyle choices play a more significant role than previously thought. Altogether seven lifestyle-related risk factors were identified based on a new mathematical model that was developed by a research team from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).
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Healthy, Vital, Active, Joyful
Healthy, vital, active, joyful – these are not typically words associated with aging. And yet, an entire generation of healthy, vital, active and joyful people is changing the very paradigm of aging in this country.
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Six Reasons to Get and Stay Healthy Now
We know that it is important to eat right and exercise, but we sometimes forget all of the great benefits we gain from doing so. Below is a list of some of the best reasons to get and stay healthy now.
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Almost Half of All Cancer Cases May Be Preventable
Cancer ranks among the most feared diseases. Not only is it oftentimes life-threatening, it also seems to befall its victims at random. There is no vaccine against it and, of course, no reliable cure. Yet, according to a recent study in the United Kingdom, people clearly contribute to their chances of getting cancer by their lifestyle choices.
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Eating Healthy Becomes Even More Important with Age
The outer signs of aging may include wrinkles, graying and hair loss. You may want to fight any one of these, but keep in mind that this is only the small stuff. Memory loss, decreased brain function and the risk of chronic diseases like heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis and cancer are by far more serious threats that make our natural aging process much more problematic.
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Loving Balance During Difficult Times of Grieving, Depression and Recovery
Whether you are depressed, sick, recovering from surgery, grieving, feeling less than one hundred percent, too fat, too big, too small, too scared, or just too ______ (fill in the blank), it’s important that you love yourself and soothe yourself through the difficult times. We’ve all been knocked off center and caught up in experiences that feel less than desirable. When this happens, it’s easy to feel sad or become withdrawn, like we’ve done something wrong. Or we blame ourselves for having these experiences in the first place.
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The Myths and Realities of Overcoming Pain
A recent survey by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) polled Washington residents and found nearly 85 percent said they or someone they care for have experienced pain in the last 30 days. While alarming, the survey results aren’t surprising. In fact, nationally more than 76 million Americans live with pain every day, affecting more Americans than cancer, diabetes and heart disease combined.
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It’s Your Life, So Make the Most of It
One of the most important ingredients in your personal development is taking real responsibility for your actions. This requires that you consciously become the cause of the results that you want. Refuse to behave like a victim or to wait for someone to save you from life’s problems.
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All About Responsibility
To achieve a healthy level of self-esteem, you must be able to accept who you are and be confident about your decisions and behavior. But there is another important ingredient in the development of self-esteem that is often overlooked – the ability to take responsibility for your future. To live self-responsibly, you must be able to influence your behavior freely in three major areas.
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Reflections on Happiness
During the past few years, I have found myself thinking a good deal about the subject of happiness, and about the idea of not merely desiring happiness but making it a conscious purpose. This was an idea that first hit me as I approached my sixty-first birthday, and I would like to share some of the important things I’ve learned.
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Overcoming Obstacles on Your Path to Health
Dealing with challenges in life is like surfing. You get on the wave, and all is great … and then the wave drops out from under you, or it grows into a huge wave and pummels you into the ground. When that happens, you paddle back out, get back up on the board, and keep surfing.
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