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How Well You Age Is All About Attitude, Says New Global Study

How Well You Age Is All About Attitude, Says New Global Study

VANCOUVER—A simple shift in attitude could improve a lot for the world’s elderly population, according to a new global study. That’s because how well we age is connected to how we view old age, the study stated, noting those with a positive attitude toward old age are likely to live longer — up to eight years — than their negative counterparts. And older people in countries with low levels of respect for seniors are at risk for worse mental and…

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Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: How Perceptions of Aging Affect Our Later Years

Self-Fulfilling Prophecy: How Perceptions of Aging Affect Our Later Years

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t—you’re right.” – Henry Ford Perceptions of aging, or attitudes toward one’s own aging, have important implications for the health and well-being of older adults. Throughout the life span, people encounter many positive and negative stereotypes of older adults and the aging process. Some stereotypes portray common age-related changes, whereas others promote misconceptions about aging. As people grow older, age stereotypes become increasingly self-relevant; these stereotypes are reflected inward and they…

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10 Secrets to Living a Long, Healthy Life

10 Secrets to Living a Long, Healthy Life

Super agers are a group of older adults who have cognitive abilities on par with people decades younger than them. From what you should eat to how you should exercise and who you should spend your time with, these are things they’re doing on the regular. Never smoke Smoking will trim off up to a dozen years of your life, suggests 2013 research in the New England Journal of Medicine. In fact, if you never smoked, you’re twice as likely…

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The Fascinating Way Age Will Improve Your Personality

The Fascinating Way Age Will Improve Your Personality

There are three things that naturally happen to people’s personality with age. People get nicer as they get older, in contrast to the stereotype of the grumpy senior. The finding may be a surprise to those that believe people never change. They do — even if only a little. The three main changes to personality that occur, on average, with age are that people get: more conscientious, more agreeable, and less neurotic (moody). The study examined the brain scans of…

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Tired? Weak? You’re Not ‘Just Getting Old’; Something is Wrong

Tired? Weak? You’re Not ‘Just Getting Old’; Something is Wrong

When Dr. Christopher Callahan examines older patients, he often hears a similar refrain. “I’m tired, doctor. It’s hard to get up and about. I’ve been feeling kind of down, but I know I’m getting old and I just have to live with it.” This fatalistic stance relies on widely-held but mistaken assumptions about what constitutes “normal aging.” In fact, fatigue, weakness and depression, among several other common concerns, aren’t to-be-expected consequences of growing older, said Callahan, director of the Center…

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Life is More Enjoyable After Retirement

Life is More Enjoyable After Retirement

Enjoyment of everyday activities increases after retirement, a study from Australia has found. The heightened level of enjoyment lasts at least a year after a retiree stops working full time, researchers report in the journal Age and Ageing. There is conflicting evidence about changes in enjoyment and happiness when people retire, coauthor Tim Olds of the University of South Australia told Reuters Health by email. On the one hand, people may lose social connections and their sense of purpose in…

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How to stay strong in adulthood? Eat protein often, study says Diet

How to stay strong in adulthood? Eat protein often, study says Diet

Graham Slaughter, CTVNews.ca    Published Thursday, April 21, 2016 A new study suggests that adults should eat significantly more protein than national guidelines currently recommend, and that portions should be split evenly throughout the day. The high-protein diet, outlined in a joint study by the University of Mississippi and researchers at McMaster University, could help stave off muscle and strength loss in aging adults. Researchers say the sweet spot is 30 grams to 45 grams of protein eaten one to…

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7 Nutrients To Help Protect Your Brain From Aging

7 Nutrients To Help Protect Your Brain From Aging

Flavanols, Fish, Nuts, And Blueberries May Help Prevent Alzheimer’s Apr 21, 2015      By Lecia Bushak Eating certain nutrients, like cocoa flavonals and magnesium, as well as omega-3 fatty acids, help boost your cognitive function and brainpower. While genetics and exercise play a large role in your brain health and risk of developing dementia, diet is quite influential, too. There is no magical elixir that can cure or completely prevent dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, but scientists have been able…

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7 Free Ways To Fight The Effects Of Aging

7 Free Ways To Fight The Effects Of Aging

By Dr. Agnes Frankel    October 3, 2014  The essence of anti-aging medicine is not only prolonging one’s life span, but to ensure that we are experiencing life while being our best, most vibrant, energetic and healthy self — whether in our 20s or 60s. Think of your body as an ocean full of beautiful underwater life. When the water is dirty there is no way the colorful fish will stay healthy and vital. The same goes for your cells…

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10 Reasons Why Life Gets Better As You Grow Up (Not the Opposite Way Around)

10 Reasons Why Life Gets Better As You Grow Up (Not the Opposite Way Around)

 Brianna Wiest   Writer, editor, professional human being. Founder of Soul Anatomy  11/30/2015   We don’t age by years, we age by experience. Yet, we’re largely under the impression that life gets worse as it goes on — the “golden days” we’ve attributed to being our budding adolescence, yet generally speaking, that is the most difficult and uncertain time of life, both biologically and socially. Research shows that we get better as we age, we become happier as life progresses,…

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