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Vitamin D: Your Brain's New Best Friend

You may have heard Vitamin D referred to before as the "sun vitamin." That's because it is the one vitamin your body can manufacture, just from exposure to sunlight! And it's an important one, too: the Vitamin D family of nutrients is responsible for aiding absorption of other critical nutrients your body needs to function, such as calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc and phosphate.

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Are Video Games the Next Great Brain-Training Tool?

Perhaps the last thing you might expect the average senior to do is to play video games. The arcade world is one most often relegated to the younger generations. Most seniors, who did not grow up living with multi-button controllers and the constant visual stimuli inherent to modern gaming, seem to have difficulty playing well, or even in picking up the basics. Indeed, most are put off by the complexity.

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The Key to Living Well after 80

In 1950, someone could expect to live about 14 more years after retirement. Today, however, life expectancy has skyrocketed and most seniors expect to enjoy a number of quality decades after their retirement—or put off retirement altogether. 

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Cincinnati Retirement Communities Offer Seniors a Health Head Start

When you first started planning for retirement, the plan may have been to stay in the old family home for as long as possible. But through the years, home maintenance has become more and more of a hassle. And now that you've finally retired, you've realized that you don't want to spend your life after retirement taking care of a house!

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The Threat of Alzheimer's Disease Complicates Future Care Decisions

Waiting to learn whether you or a loved one has Alzheimer’s disease is an uneasy time, one usually filled with turmoil and uncertainty. But you may be able to find comfort in facing the disease head on and establishing a plan for your future with Alzheimer's.

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Are Geriatric ERs the Future of Senior Healthcare?

There's a new movement afoot in our nation’s hospitals that could shape how older Americans receive emergency care in the future.

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Can New Medical Tests Improve Senior Life?

The Alzheimer’s Association estimates that there are currently 5.2 million people in the United States living with Alzheimer’s disease. And nearly all experts agree that number will skyrocket to as many as 16 million by the year 2050, barring any new developments in diagnosing and treating this disease.

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You Can Avoid This Major Pitfall of Senior Life

It's a commonly believed "fact" of senior life that as we age, we need less sleep. But that's not always the case. Because many seniors have difficulty falling and staying asleep, a good night's sleep often becomes more elusive as we age. Sometimes the answer is a change in sleeping conditions— a new bed, a sleep mask or less light or noise. And medical intervention is to be expected for more advanced cases of insomnia. But there's another element that's often overlooked— our diet.

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Some Wellness Decisions Have Senior Healthcare Consequences

The wellness decisions that older adults make have a direct consequences on senior healthcare. Smart wellness decisions, such as eating nutritious food and exercising regularly, keeps you healthier as you age. After the age of 55, healthy people do not require as much medical care as do unhealthy individuals. A person with uncontrolled diabetes, for example, would likely need medical intervention than someone without the conditions. Furthermore, a healthy person tends to gain more from medical treatments and suffer fewer complications.

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Can Spa Services Improve Senior Healthcare?

At first glance, spa services seem like a decadent luxury, but a growing number of medical professionals recognize the benefits that spa services provide, especially when it comes to senior healthcare. The National Center for Complimentary and Alternative Medicine, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, says that, “there is scientific evidence that massage may help with back pain and may improve quality of life for people with depression, cancer, and HIV/AIDS.”

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