senior health

  1. Stop limited mobility in seniors

    Stop mobility problems now

    How are you getting around?

    If it's not as well as you used to, don't hide it from your doctor, your loved ones or even yourself.

    Admit it, because limited mobility problems that start small are often big warning signs of impending physical decline -- a decline that could ultimately stop you from getting out and doing the things you love.

    And in too many cases, limited mobility problems can lead to the nursing home -- or, worse, right to the grave.

    Now, a new review of the research finds two simple questions doctors can ask --questions you can even ask yourself right now -- to figure out if you're at risk of falling into this downward spiral:

    1. For health or physical reasons, do you have difficulty climbing up 10 steps or walking a quarter of a mile?

    2. Because of underlying health or physical reasons, have you modified the way you climb 10 steps or walk a quarter of a mile?

    A quarter of a mile is a single lap around the track at your local high school -- and if you can't make it around once (or if you've changed the way you walk or can't get up those 10 steps), don't try to "tough it out," and don't expect it to get better by itself.

    If anything, it will get worse -- unless you take action now, including working with a physical therapist to regain your strength and get back on your feet. In some cases, you might need a cane or walker, especially if you're working your way back from injury.

    I know many seniors refuse these helpers as a point of pride -- but don't be too proud here. Refusing help means you might not move at all... and if you stop moving, you could suffer a steeper, faster decline into limited mobility -- a spiral that could lead to a complete loss of independence or even an early death.

    Don't let this happen to you or your loved ones. If you suspect any limited mobility problems, speak to a doctor who can help figure out what's wrong or refer you to a physical therapist.

  2. The Mediterranean diet beats dementia

    Eat your way to a better brain

    When it comes to dementia, don't count on Big Pharma to bail you out. You've got to start thinking about your diet and all of the healthy living plans out there like the Mediterranean diet.

    Big Pharma's got nothing to prevent the disease... nothing to cure it... nothing to significantly ease the symptoms... and nothing that can even slow it down.

    But that doesn't mean you've got nothing.

    You've got me in your corner, and I've got the simple, safe and effective answers they don't want you to know about -- including the actions you can take entirely on your own right now to make sure you never get this devastating disease.

    Let's start with your diet, because diet alone can do what all the drugs in the pharmacy can't: They can keep dementia and Alzheimer's disease at bay -- and the best diet for saving your brain just so happens to be the same diet I've been recommending to you for weight loss and overall cardiovascular health.

    It's a delicious and diverse healthy eating plan called the Mediterranean diet, loaded with the foods you already love, like fatty fish, olives, nuts, lean meats, whole grains and all the fresh produce you can handle.

    In one new analysis, researchers looked at data from a dozen studies -- one clinical trial and nine observational studies -- and found that the closer you stick to this diet, the lower your risk of getting the disease.

    And this wasn't just from one or two of the studies, either. Nine of the 12 studies in the analysis all found that this diet can prevent the disease.

    That's right in line with a study I told you about earlier this year that found that the Mediterranean diet can slash your dementia risk by a fifth.

    It's no secret why it works. The Mediterranean diet is rich in brain-friendly nutrients, especially the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish, the healthy fats in nuts and olive oil and the delicious antioxidants found in other Mediterranean staples such as chocolate.

    Yes, folks, it's a diet that allows chocolate.

    What's not to love about that?

    Of course, that's not even close to everything the Mediterranean diet can do for you. This diet is proven in clinical trials to help protect the heart and prevent heart attacks and stroke, and it's the single best way to lose weight and keep it off.

    But let me get back to dementia today, and another critical step you can take to help avoid the disease -- especially if you're getting up there in years.

    Keep reading.

  3. Avoid brain damage by boosting the immune system

    Infections such as pneumonia can do lasting damage to the brain, increasing your risk of dementia and Alzheimer's disease.
  4. Sulforaphane compound can stop osteoarthritis damage

    A compound hidden in broccoli and other vegetables can stop the damage that causes osteoarthritis, according to a new study.
  5. Diabetics more likely to suffer physical disabilities

    Diabetics are up to 80 percent more likely to suffer from disability.
  6. Avoid possible causes of anemia and lower dementia risk

    Anemia can increase your risk of dementia, according to new research.
  7. Spotting early signs of dementia

    Online tests and quizzes can't help detect cognitive decline and dementia -- but you can do it on your own. Here's how.
  8. Normal vitamin D levels protect function and mobility

    There's an easy way to slash your risk of mobility problems and functional disabilities -- and that's to increase your intake of vitamin D.
  9. Junk food and amyloid beta in the brain

    The saturated fats in junk food can block your brain from the ability to clear away the damage that leads to dementia.
  10. How fish oil can stop oxidative stress

    The omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil can give the brain the power it needs to fight the oxidative stress that can lead to dementia.
  11. 1 in 8 seniors fighting memory problems

    New numbers show 1 in 8 Americans over 60 are battling brain fog. Here's your guide to making sure you're not one of them.
  12. Heart healthy benefits of having a pet

    Pet ownership is good for your heart, especially if you have a dog. Dog owners are 54 percent likely to get recommended levels of daily activity.
  13. 20 million seniors fighting pain, find natural pain relievers now

    New numbers show that close to 20 million American seniors are battling chronic pain. You don't have to be one of them.
  14. The right workout regimen

    Part of getting exercise is getting the right amount -- and sometimes, that means starting out light and working your way up.
  15. Exercise can prevent falls in seniors

    Seniors who do basic strength and balance exercises have a lower risk of falls. Find out what else can cut your risk.
  16. Low vitamin D can cause weight gain

    Vitamin D has been linked to obesity again, with a new study finding that people with low levels of the sunshine vitamin are more likely to gain more weight.

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