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Exercise In, Vitamin D Out for Preventing Falls: U.S. Panel

Exercise In, Vitamin D Out for Preventing Falls: U.S. Panel

By Serena GordonHealthDay Reporter Latest Senior Health News TUESDAY, April 17, 2018 (HealthDay News) — With aging often comes worry about falls and the bone fractures they cause. Now, a panel of U.S. experts has new advice on what helps and what doesn’t when it comes to staying upright. For starters, get off the sofa. […]

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Health Tip: Signs of Abuse at an Eldercare Facility

Health Tip: Signs of Abuse at an Eldercare Facility

(HealthDay News) — Each year, thousands of adults over age 60 are abused, neglected or financially exploited, the National Institute on Aging says. Latest Senior Health News The agency mentions these possible warning signs of elder abuse: Copyright © 2018 HealthDay. All rights reserved.

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Why Americans’ Life Expectancy Is Getting Longer

Why Americans’ Life Expectancy Is Getting Longer

Latest Senior Health News FRIDAY, April 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Americans appear to be aging slower than they used to, which may help explain recent gains in life expectancy, researchers say. The researchers compared how biological age changed in the United States compared to age in years (chronological age). For the study, the investigators […]

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Stretching Can Help Get Seniors Moving

Stretching Can Help Get Seniors Moving

Latest Senior Health News THURSDAY, April 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Stretching leg muscles every day may benefit seniors and other people with mobility problems, a new study reports. Researchers placed splints on lower limbs of older rats to stretch their calf muscles. The splints were placed on one leg for 30 minutes a day, […]

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When ‘Nest Egg’ Vanishes, Death Risk Rises

When ‘Nest Egg’ Vanishes, Death Risk Rises

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter Latest Senior Health News TUESDAY, April 3, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Older adults who lose their life savings may also lose years from their life, a new study suggests. Looking at more than 8,700 Americans older than 50, researchers found that those who lost most of their net worth were more […]

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Aging Can Be Tough to Swallow

Aging Can Be Tough to Swallow

Latest Senior Health News MONDAY, March 26, 2018 (HealthDay News) — It’s thought that one-quarter of U.S. adults will develop a swallowing problem at some point. But researchers hope insight from a new study may help lead to improved treatment. Their study looked at the changes that occur in your ability to swallow as you […]

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Exercise an Antidote for Aging

Exercise an Antidote for Aging

Latest Senior Health News THURSDAY, March 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — If you want to counter the physical costs of getting old, regular exercise might be your best option, researchers report. The findings “debunk the assumption that aging automatically makes us more frail,” said researcher Janet Lord. She is director of the Institute of Inflammation […]

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Falls Among Elderly Cost $50 Billion Annually

Falls Among Elderly Cost $50 Billion Annually

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter Latest Senior Health News THURSDAY, March 8, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Falls by older Americans have devastating medical and economic consequences, reaching $50 billion a year, a new study finds. “Falls among men and women 65 and older are a common, costly and growing public health problem,” said lead researcher Curtis […]

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Health Tip: Using a Geriatric Care Manager

Health Tip: Using a Geriatric Care Manager

(HealthDay News) — A geriatric care manager (GCM) can help you and family members manage senior care and make daily life easier, the U.S. National Institute on Aging says. Latest Senior Health News A GCM typically is a licensed nurse or social worker who specializes in geriatric care. Many insurance plans will not pay for […]

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Many Americans Think Docs Order Too Many Tests, Meds

Many Americans Think Docs Order Too Many Tests, Meds

Latest Senior Health News TUESDAY, March 6, 2018 (HealthDay News) — Few older Americans believe ordering more tests and drugs is the way to better health care, a new survey finds. Of the more than 2,000 respondents aged 50 to 80, just 14 percent thought that “more is better,” according to the National Poll on […]