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Success Story: After a Rough Year, He Makes It Look Easy

Have you had a rough year? You’re not alone! Howard S. had it all. At 66, he was retired from a successful career as a social worker, married and healthy. Then, 2015. Howard’s wife of 34 years abruptly left him. Several family members died. And he had an emergency hip replacement after a fall. (Can …

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10 Tips for a Healthy Holiday

What a year! Too bad we can’t just snap our fingers and enjoy a “normal” healthy holiday season, right? Well, 2020’s unique circumstances can bring a key reminder about living healthy after 50: Exercise, nutrition, sleep, and stress management are more important than ever – and consistency is vital to getting fit AND to staying …

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Set Your Self-Care Goals Now for the Busy Holiday Season

Are you taking care of yourself? I don’t mean just exercising and eating right – although those are truly important to your health and wellbeing. I also mean “self-care” activities that too many busy mature adults shrug off as self-indulgent, selfish or just not as important as “caring” for others. Things like managing stress, getting …

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Avoid Obesity during the Pandemic: Eating at Home Can Help

How can you avoid obesity during a global pandemic? Before the coronavirus crisis, Mike was dancing through his healthiest period in years – literally. He’d been taking ballroom dance classes for a few months and loving it. Not only was it fun and social, but Mike, 62, also found it great for his weight and …

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Ten Tips to Maintain Wellness During COVID-19

Fitness is so important after 50, especially now when we’ve all been spending more time at home. That’s why I’ve been doing everything I can to help you stay physically active during this time. But fitness alone isn’t enough to maintain wellness during COVID-19. It’s helpful to remember the other elements of wellness, too. We …

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10 Tips to Manage Corona Stress: No. 1 Shouldn’t Surprise You

These are stressful times, full of anxiety for everyone and loneliness for many. The Corona Stress challenges can be more difficult for mature people, who know they are at a higher risk for coronavirus and who already face physical challenges and, too often, social isolation. Almost a third of older Americans live alone. Before the …

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Physical Exercise is for Mental Health, Too

At every stage in life, our physical health is tied inextricably to our mental health. When we feel good physically, we’re more likely to feel good mentally, as well. And with dementia, depression, anxiety and loneliness higher among people later in life, this is one more reason to get or stay physically fit. Physical Activity …

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Exercise: A Powerful Weapon to Fight Depression, Heart Disease

Our friend James is concerned about his 82-year-old mother, who lost her husband and sister within a couple of months this year. She’s showing signs of depression, which can be grave. Plus, she was recently diagnosed with AFib, or atrial fibrillation, and is working with her doctors to bring her heart to a proper, steady …

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Research Keeps Showing How Meditation Is So Helpful

  Research shows how meditation is helpful to your health. Slow down and relax. Unplug. Take it easy. These are all phrases to describe an ancient practice that helps improve physical, mental and spiritual health: meditation. How Meditation is Helpful to Your Health A new Canadian study shows that meditation reduces late-life depression and anxiety. …

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Caregiver, Care for Thyself: Staying Fit Is Key in Demanding Situations

The Baby Boom Generation is becoming The Caregiver Generation. As a fifty-something with a Mother living with Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease, this is something I’m going through myself right now. And I’m not alone. Millions of adults over 50 provide physical care and emotional support to parents or other family members and friends. Some also take …

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