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Meet Amazing and Inspiring Edith Kirkmeyer – Facebook’s Oldest User at 105 Years Old!

At 105 years old, Edith Kirkmeyer is said to be Facebook’s oldest user! She says, “When I was 95 years old, my children gave her a computer, a printer, and a digital camera, and turned me loose!” And, she has … Continue reading

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Exercise Better than Mental or Social Activity to Protect Brain from Shrinkage, Study Finds

A new study published in Neurology, the medical journal of the American Association of Neurology, has found that among older adults, regular exercise was more effective in protecting against brain shrinkage than were either mental or social activities. Some brain … Continue reading

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Healthy Aging® Month Focuses on Limitless Possibilities After Age 50

The month of September has been designated as Healthy Aging® Month, an annual health observance developed to help individuals think more positively about growing older, and take actions to promote their own physical, social, mental and financial well-being. The initiative … Continue reading

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Johns Hopkins Health Alert Features 8 Key Strategies to Protect Your Memory

A new Health Alert published by Johns Hopkins Medicine features 8 key strategies that the Johns Hopkins experts say can help preserve your memory and brain health. The Health Alert, entitled “How to Protect Your Memory and Brain Health,” is … Continue reading

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Experts Advocate Dancing for Health

UPDATED July 23, 2012: A new Health Tip published by MedlinePlus, a service of the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health advocates that seniors “make exercise a social activity.” “Participate in a group dance class or a group … Continue reading

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Strength Training & Walking Improve Brain & Memory, New Studies Find

Four new studies presented on Sunday at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference taking place in Vancouver, Canada, have clarified the key role that different types of exercises can play in improving mental functioning in older adults and staving off Alzheimer’s … Continue reading

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97-Year-Old Man Becomes the Oldest University Graduate

Allan Stewart graduated with a Master of Clinical Science degree from Southern Cross University at the age of 97. He received a law degree from Australia’s University of New England in 2006. Watch »

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President Proclaims May as Older Americans Month

Following a tradition dating from 1963, President Barack Obama has declared the month of May as Older Americans Month. This is an observance declared by every President since President John F. Kennedy, dedicated to recognizing and honoring the achievements of … Continue reading

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Celebrate Brain Awareness Week March 12-18

Brain Awareness Week, a global campaign to raise public awareness about the progress and benefits of brain research, including research into the causes of Parkinson’s disease and other problems of the brain and nervous system and how to treat them, … Continue reading

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Four Questions on Simple Questionnaire Found Highly Predictive of Mild Cognitive Impairment & Risk of Alzheimer’s

sources indicate that up to 15 percent of people with MCI develop Alzheimer’s within one year. However, studies have shown that preventive interventions such as exercise and changes in lifestyle factors can be effective in staving off mental decline. See … Continue reading

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Fruits, Vegetables & Fish May Keep Brain from Shrinking, New Study Finds

People with diets high in several vitamins found in fruits and vegetables or in omega 3 fatty acids found in fish are less likely to have the brain shrinkage associated with Alzheimer’s disease than people whose diets are not high … Continue reading

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New Study Associates Silent Strokes with Memory Loss

A new study by scientists at Columbia University Medical Center in New York has found that “silent strokes” are associated with memory loss in the elderly, suggesting that stroke-prevention may help stave off memory loss in the elderly, according to … Continue reading

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Johns Hopkins Releases 2012 Memory White Paper

Johns Hopkins has released the updated 2012 Edition of the Johns Hopkins Memory White Paper. According to a recent Johns Hopkins Health Alert, the Johns Hopkins Memory White Paper compiles in simple language for consumers some of the best and … Continue reading

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A Tribute to Steve Jobs; Remembering His Legacy to Healthcare & Wellness

Steve Jobs, 56, the founder of Apple®, died Wednesday, October 5, 2011, after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Despite his personal struggle, Jobs is remembered for his remarkable contributions to technology, including healthcare and wellness technology, and his personal … Continue reading

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How Not To Forget

They say the average person forgets about one third of what he’s heard after 20 minutes and half of what he’s heard within a half hour. Here are some helpful tips on improving one’s memory: Watch Gary Small,Professor of Psychiatry, … Continue reading

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Hope for the Middle-Aged Brain; Author Presents Science-Based Tips for a Sharper Brain

In her book, The Secret Life of the Grown-up Brain: The Surprising Talents of the Middle-Aged Mind, recently published in paperback, author Barbara Strauch, deputy science editor of The New York Times in charge of health and medical science, makes … Continue reading

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Healthy Aging Tips

See some healthy aging tips from Registered Dietitian Marianne Smith Edge MS, RD,LD, FADA, Senior Vice President, Nutrition & Food Safety, International Food Information Council (IFIC) and IFIC Foundation » Also visit the associated website FoodInsight.org a nutrition and food … Continue reading

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Half of Alzheimer’s Cases Attributable to 7 Risk Factors Preventable by Lifestyle Changes, Study Finds

A new study by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, has concluded that up to half of Alzheimer’s cases worldwide and in the US may be attributable to seven risk factors that are potentially preventable through simple lifestyle … Continue reading

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9 Common-Sense Tips to Improve Your Memory from Johns Hopkins

In its July 4 issue, Johns Hopkins Health Alerts published a checklist of 9 common-sense tips to help overcome minor memory lapses that come with aging. Johns Hopkins cautions that “age-associated memory impairment can’t be eliminated completely,” but, they say, … Continue reading

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Exceptional Memory is Made, Not Born. Studies Suggest Cognitive Expertise In Later Adulthood

In 2001, John Basinger completely memorized John Milton’s 10,565-line poem Paradise Lost after eight years.  In 2001 and 2008 he recited the entire classic in three eight-hour days. Watch this 76 year old recite  No Tuna For The Moth from … Continue reading

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Play Your Cards Right and Dance Around Alzheimer’s

Play your cards right and dance around Alzheimer’s by Craig Wilson. The three things according to a study that can ward off Alzheimer’s disease: dance, play bridge or practice a musical instrument. »View Info

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Computer Use Can Help Improve Our Health

Computer Use Can Help Improve Our Health, , By Agnes Herman – for the North County Times. »View Info

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Interview Your Elders and Write Your Family History

Interview Your Elders and Write Your Family History: See, “On Mother’s Day connect with your ancestors too,” By Peter King, Newsday.com. »View Info

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Easing Into Gardening

Easing into gardening, The Denver Post. »View Info

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