4 Ways Hearing Aids Can Improve Your Health Beyond Helping You Hear

With age comes wisdom — and, inevitably, hearing loss too.  “About one in three people in the United States between the ages of 65 and 74 have hearing loss,” says Kelly King, an audiologist and program officer at the Division of Scientific Programs, National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), “and nearly half…

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Boost Your Brain With Improv Games to Live a Longer, Happier Life

Can freestyle rap music and improvisational games improve your confidence, creativity and mindfulness, and help you feel less socially isolated? And can the improv help stem cognitive decline, a major concern for many as they get older? So you’re probably not going to join an improv troupe later in life, much less become an accomplished rapper. But…

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1-Minute Workouts to Make You Stronger

Though you know you need to exercise, you may feel like you don’t have the resolve, interest or time to get physically fit. You aren’t alone. Almost half of those 50 and older feel the same way, according to an AARP survey. But building muscle and getting the physical activity that health experts say all adults need…

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Can Too Much ‘Good Cholesterol’ Be a Bad Thing? 

Cholesterol conversations tend to focus on the “bad” kind, more officially known as low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, which can raise your risk for heart disease, stroke and other serious health problems. But there’s also a “good” type of cholesterol, called high-density lipoprotein (HDL), and unlike its sibling, it can actually lower cardiovascular risks. On a very basic…

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How to Stay Safe in Extreme Cold

Winter can bring arctic blasts, snowstorms, ice and sleet. And more often these days, areas of the country unaccustomed to that type of severe weather are experiencing just that. During those weather events, many may lose power, and therefore heat, which can lead to medical emergencies such as frostbite and hypothermia.​ Older people are especially vulnerable…

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Test Your Brain Fitness 

What a simple battery of tasks can — and cannot — tell about cognition Banana. Sunrise. Chair. Read these three words aloud and commit them to memory. If you can recall them by the end of this article, then you’ve passed a standard test doctors use to check brain fitness. While modern science has proven…

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Why Friends Are Good for Your Health and Well-Being

When her father died, Margarite Avendano found herself “a little bit alone” after tending to him full time as his health declined. As a caretaker, she says, “you kind of hide yourself. There’s a stigma. You become more isolated.” So she decided to work on her own health — by making new friends. She joined an…

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8 Ways to Get More Energy Fast

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, around 15 percent of women and 10 percent of men in the United States regularly feel tired or exhausted. But there’s often a simple solution. “Your energy level during the day could be related to many things, including sleep, fitness and food,” says Deirdre Conroy, clinical…

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