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Tag: Health

Physical activity may stop aging brains from shrinking, study shows

This article looks at the importance of being physically active, which may keep your brain four years younger than the rest of you. This might help prevent or slow the progression of dementias like Alzheimer’s disease, researchers say. “We recently published a paper using information of both current and past physical activity and found they…
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How Urban Design Can Help People with Dementia

As waitlists for care facilities grow longer and more people with dementia are choosing to live within their own communities, urban planning and design will play an increasingly important role in helping them live safe, comfortable and independent lives. Exercise and social interaction are “incredibly important” for people living with dementia, says Samantha Biglieri, an…
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The Tokyo Rugby Club Keeping Elderly Players Healthy

In Japan, which hosted the Rugby World Cup last month, 150 clubs stage competitive matches for players above the age of 40 – and Tokyo’s Fuwaku Rugby Club has three over-90s. Of Japan’s 120,000 rugby players, about 10,000 are over the age of 40. Although these elderly players are putting themselves at risk for broken…
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Eating Nuts Regularly Can Improve Cognitive Function in Older Adults

A study suggests adults who consume 10 grams of nuts daily can improve their cognitive functioning as they get older, reports Consumer Affairs. More than 4,800 adults 55 and older participating in the China National Health Survey between 1991 and 2006 were assessed. Seventeen percent of participants reported eating nuts regularly at the outset, with food…
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Why Lifting Weights Can Be So Potent for Aging Well

A study published in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports on the emotional impact of lifting weights suggests this regimen could improve motivation and confidence in older adults, reports the New York Times. For the study, 81 men and women between the ages of 65 and 75 agreed to start twice-weekly, supervised, full-body resistance training. Three months…
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