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Calcium and vitamin D improve bone density in patients taking antiepileptic drugs

A recent prospective, randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trial reports that calcium and vitamin Dsupplementation improves bone density in a group of male veterans with epilepsy who were treated chronically with antiepileptic drugs (AEDs). The results published in Epilepsia, a journal of the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE), suggest that risedronate, a bisphosphonate, may help to prevent new vertebral fractures when taken with calcium andvitamin D […]

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Yoga in Your 50s, 60s and 70s — and Beyond Part 3

3 Reasons to Practice Yoga in Your 70s — and Beyond 1. Improve balance Yoga tones muscles and works on your proprioception — your sense of position in space. Practicing postures that emphasize standing and balance can help build strength and confidence, too. “About 80 percent of proprioception is in your ankles, so standing poses […]

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Yoga in Your 50s, 60s and 70s — and Beyond Part 1

Thirty-five years ago, cardiologist Dean Ornish, M.D., made headlines with his claim that yoga and meditation, when combined with improvements in diet and exercise habits, could reverse heart disease. Since then, research into the health benefits of yoga, especially its effect on adults 50-plus, has exploded. Here, a brief guide to the benefits of yoga (and some poses you can […]

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Five Signs a Senior Shouldn’t Be Driving

It It’s not easy to tell an aging parent in your care that he or she shouldn’t be driving. Sometimes, though, it’s even harder to make that determination yourself. After all, you’re using your own judgment to recommend a big lifestyle change to a parent or loved one who is already experiencing a number of […]

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Six Fun Activities for Seniors with Alzheimer’s

Seniors with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia need activities, stimulation and exercise. While keeping busy won’t necessarily alleviate symptoms or stave off the progression of this deadly disease, it can help ward off depression and vastly improve the quality of life of someone suffering from Alzheimer’s. What activities can help give the senior in your […]

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7 More Medical Procedures You May Not Need

Ask your doctor if these common treatments are really necessary  by Marsha Mercer, AARP You’re facing minor surgery, and your doctor orders routine preoperation tests. Do you get them? You’re a senior with insomnia. Prescription sleeping pills are OK, right? You see an ad for a screening to detect a potential stroke. Good idea? Probably not, […]

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10 Questions Every Man Should Ask His Doctor

Men over 50 can help physicians guide them through prostate cancer screenings, sleep apnea, heart disease and getting healthy   Everyone knows men aren’t always keen on peppering their doctors with questions. Or, as Joshua Kosowsky, M.D., coauthor of When Doctors Don’t Listen, bluntly put it, “Men don’t want to talk about feeling something in their […]

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What Water Works Best for Workouts?

From plain old H2O to coconut water to sports drinks, there’s a sea of options! by Martina Navratilova, AARP Millions of us don’t feel as good as we should because we don’t drink the eight or more glasses of water we need daily. Water is an often overlooked nutrient, one that’s involved in practically every bodily process. […]

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Breakthrough Alzheimer’s Research Can Help High-Risk Individuals

What if there was a simple blood test you could take that could indicate whether or not you have Alzheimer’s before symptoms even show up? And what if, knowing this, you could make lifestyle changes to potentially delay the effects of the disease? The results of two new studies could lead to exactly that scenario. […]

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The Growing Trend of Home care Nationally

  This guest post is contributed by Shelly Sun, CEO and co-founder of BrightStar Care®, a premium healthcare staffing company providing the full continuum of care, from private home care to people of all ages, to supplemental staffing for medical facilities, including hospitals, independent/assisted living facilities and doctors’ offices. The Home Care Trend The aging […]

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