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Watermelon Could Lower Blood Pressure

Watermelon Could Lower Blood Pressure | Senior Care | Scoop.it
Be sure to pick up a watermelon—or two—at your local grocery store. 
It could save your life.
A new study by Florida State University Associate Professor Arturo Figueroa, published in the American Journal of Hypertension, found that watermelon could significantly reduce blood pressure in overweight individuals both at rest and while under stress.
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The results showed that consuming watermelon had a positive impact on aortic blood pressure and other vascular parameters.

Notably, study participants showed improvements in blood pressure and cardiac stress while both at rest and while they were exposed to the cold water. #Health #BloodPressure

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Sandy Spencer's curator insight, April 4, 2014 8:45 AM

If this is true, I can hardly wait for spring and summer. Watermelon and Cantaloupe are two of my favorite foods!

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This Is What Happens To Your Tattoos As You Age [SLIDESHOW]

This Is What Happens To Your Tattoos As You Age [SLIDESHOW] | Senior Care | Scoop.it
Seniors who submitted photos to the blog BoredPanda reveal the beauty of tattoos' permanency on aging skin.
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Aging skin changes the shape, composition, and elasticity of tattoos because they are embedded in the skin. Tattoo aging is comparable to a faded colored cloth; the tattoo begins to lose its detail in terms of color and definition. #Seniors #Tattoo #Aging #SeniorCare #Caregiving #Caregivers

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The Age At Which Sleep Matters Most For a Good Memory - PsyBlog

The Age At Which Sleep Matters Most For a Good Memory - PsyBlog | Senior Care | Scoop.it
The age at which sleep has the greatest influence on cognitive function.
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However, people in their 70s, 80s and 90s do not typically sleep so well and the link to a good memory is less strong.  #SeniorCare, #Caregivers #Caregiving #HealthCare


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3 Inner Virtues That Come With Age Which May Surprise You - PsyBlog

3 Inner Virtues That Come With Age Which May Surprise You - PsyBlog | Senior Care | Scoop.it
On top of wisdom, there are three inner virtues which unexpectedly come with age.
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People become more trusting as they get older, a new study finds.

This is just the reverse of the stereotype of cynical, suspicious, grumpy seniors played on by many a sitcom. #Seniors #SeniorCare #Trust #Caregiving #Caregivers

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Early Fitness Preserves Thinking Skills 25 Years Later - PsyBlog

Early Fitness Preserves Thinking Skills 25 Years Later - PsyBlog | Senior Care | Scoop.it
Even if you are already in middle age or later, the study has some good news.
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“This is one more important study that should remind young adults of the brain health benefits of cardio fitness activities such as running, swimming, biking or cardio fitness classes.” #Seniors #SeniorCare #Exercise #Caregivers #Caregiving

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5 Foods To Naturally Boost Your Mood [SLIDESHOW]

5 Foods To Naturally Boost Your Mood [SLIDESHOW] | Senior Care | Scoop.it
Eating plant-based foods, like grapes for fatigue and nuts for depression, can help boost your health while stabilizing your mood.
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She believes the modern American diet has thrown our body’s natural chemistry off and has therefore deprived us of the nutrients needed to function at optimal performance.  #Nutrition #Seniors #SeniorCare #Caregivers  #caregiving

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Your Grandchildren Could Be Saving Your Life, And You Don't Even Know It. Here's How

Your Grandchildren Could Be Saving Your Life, And You Don't Even Know It. Here's How | Senior Care | Scoop.it
...benefits of spending time with the grandkids may be greater than we think.
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This new study has shown that grandmas who spend time taking care of their grandchildren a couple days a week have a lower risk of developing cognitive disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease.  #Seniors  #SeniorCare #Alzheimers #Dementia #Caregivers #Caregiving 

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Aspirin 'Resistance' May Make for Worse Strokes: Study: MedlinePlus

Aspirin 'Resistance' May Make for Worse Strokes: Study: MedlinePlus | Senior Care | Scoop.it

Doctors often prescribe low-dose aspirin to people at high risk of stroke because the drug helps prevent blood clots. But for about 28 percent of stroke patients in a new study, aspirin didn't keep blood from clotting. And their strokes were worse than strokes suffered by aspirin-users who weren't resistant to the drug.


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Clots that break loose can travel to the brain and cause "ischemic" strokes -- the most common type of stroke. This study suggests that people who are aspirin-resistant might need a different drug to prevent dangerous clotting, Oh said.  #Seniors #Strokes #IschemicStrokes #Aspirin #Caregiving #Caregivers 

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Researchers Develop Screening for Early Memory Troubles: MedlinePlus

Researchers Develop Screening for Early Memory Troubles: MedlinePlus | Senior Care | Scoop.it
Find information on health conditions, wellness issues, and more in easy-to-read language on MedlinePlus, the up-to-date, trusted health information site from the NIH and the National Library of Medicine.
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"This risk scale may be an inexpensive and easy way for doctors to identify people who should undergo more advanced testing for memory issues or may be better candidates for clinical trials," Petersen said.   #Alzheimers #Dementia #Seniors #SeniorCare #HealthCare #Caregiving #Caregivers


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Editorial: What if I Told You That You Could Reverse Your Diabetes?

Editorial: What if I Told You That You Could Reverse Your Diabetes? | Senior Care | Scoop.it
Let's face it; you can't afford to be sick. Let me be more specific, you can't afford diabetes. Who wants to deal with a condition that's attacking each orga...
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@CMattocks1 - Charles Mattocks:  In my lifetime I have never seen a pharmaceutical commercial encouraging diabetics to eat better food, get more active, sleep better and/or generally take care of their bodies. There's simply no profit in preventing or controlling the disease without meds or lowering medication.  #Diabetes #Insulin #Exercise #Obesity #Nutrition #Seniors #Health #HealthCare #Caregiving #Caregivers

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Brain Fitness For a Long and Healthy Life

Brain Fitness For a Long and Healthy Life | Senior Care | Scoop.it
The strategies for living a long and healthy life are well known and relatively simple, if not always easily executed: Maintain an appropriate weight. Eat the right foods. Exercise. Limit stress. Somewhat less has been known, or said, about ways to keep the mind fit for the duration. But that’s changing.
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Small and colleagues found that the older a person was, the more likely he or she sought to live a brain-healthy lifestyle.  #Seniors #SeniorCare, #HealthCare #Neuroscience #Caregiving #Caregivers

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It may never be too late to become a success

It may never be too late to become a success | Senior Care | Scoop.it
Conventional wisdom holds that if you do not write your “Farewell to Arms,” paint your “Starry Night,” start the next Twitter or climb Mount Everest by at least middle age, then chances are you never will.

Via Mark E. Deschaine Ph.D., Ron Wolford
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“I am living beyond my dreams,” said Shulklapper, a widowed grandmother of six who lives in Boca Raton, Fla. “I feel as though it’s my baby. A long pregnancy and now its delivery, all 10 toes and fingers.”  #Seniors #Goals #Dreams #MiddleAge 

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Does Stress Make Us Forgetful? (Is That Why We Can't Find the Car Keys?) - Wall Street Journal

Does Stress Make Us Forgetful? (Is That Why We Can't Find the Car Keys?) - Wall Street Journal | Senior Care | Scoop.it
An expert sorts through the effects of stress on memory, and its troubling relationship to dementia.
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Recent studies have shown the risk for dementia and other memory-related illnesses rises significantly the more people encounter uncontrollable stress.  #Seniors #Stress #SeniorCare #HealthCare #Caregiving #Caregivers

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A doctor discovers an important question patients should be asked

A doctor discovers an important question patients should be asked | Senior Care | Scoop.it
A family physician met a dying man and asked something that hadn’t been covered by the specialists.
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Then I remember a visiting palliative-care physician’s words about caring for the fragile elderly: “We forget to ask patients what they want from their care. What are their goals?”

I pause, then look this frail, dignified man in the eye.

“What are your goals for your care?” I ask. “How can I help you?”

#SeniorCare #Seniors #Doctors #Patients #HealthCare #Caregiving #Caregivers

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Meditation Changes Your Brain For The Better

Meditation Changes Your Brain For The Better | Senior Care | Scoop.it
According to a new study, meditation’s benefits may extend to treating migraines and cognitive impairment.
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Yet another study found that mindfulness and meditation improved sleep quality among older people, and might even work better than melatonin or other sleep aid pills.  #Seniors #SeniorCare #Caregivers #Caregivers #Meditation 

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A Sense of Purpose Helps You Live Longer - PsyBlog

A Sense of Purpose Helps You Live Longer - PsyBlog | Senior Care | Scoop.it
"Some people wander aimlessly through life, but I am not one of them."
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No matter what your age, new research finds, having a sense of purpose helps you live longer. #Seniors #Purpose #SeniorCare #Caregiving #Caregivers 

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California man, 95, sets world record as oldest active pilot

California man, 95, sets world record as oldest active pilot | Senior Care | Scoop.it
The Air Force veteran has been a pilot for 72 years and says he flies about twice a month.
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Weber was 95 years, 4 months and 23 days old when he flew three looping circles around an airfield near Sacramento on March 30. #Seniors #SeniorCare #Flying #Pilot

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Exercise Is Key to Healthy Aging | NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine

Exercise Is Key to Healthy Aging | NIH MedlinePlus the Magazine | Senior Care | Scoop.it

Dr. Hodes talks about how important it is to exercise regularly—at any age! | NIH Medlineplus the Magazine."   Exercise is perhaps the best demonstrated way to maintain good health, fitness, and independence. 

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Research has shown that regular physical activity improves quality of life for older adults and decreases the risk of cardiovascular disease and many other illnesses and disabilities. In many ways, it is the best prescription we have for healthy, successful aging.  #Seniors #SeniorCare #Health #HealthCare #Caregiving #Caregivers 

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This Is What Happens To Your Body When You Sit All Day [VIDEO]

This Is What Happens To Your Body When You Sit All Day [VIDEO] | Senior Care | Scoop.it
If nothing else has inspired you to try a standing desk at work, this video will.
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 Physical activity will lengthen our telomeres, the caps at the ends of chromosomes that are tied to aging and stress — making us live longer, healthier lives.  #Seniors #SeniorCare #Caregiving #Caregivers 

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Elvana Agora's curator insight, March 28, 12:17 PM

Research has shown that taking walks — especially in parks and in nature — is conducive to a creative, sharp, and concentrated mind. You may often feel lighter, happier, and more focused the very moment you step outside the office. This is because when your body is moving, so is your circulation, your breath, your “flow” — and the wheels of your mind are turning as well.

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The Diet Which Postpones Brain Aging - PsyBlog

The Diet Which Postpones Brain Aging - PsyBlog | Senior Care | Scoop.it
Study finds diet that gives brain fuel to repair age-related damage.
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Researchers have discovered that a high-fat diet — from fatty acids contained in coconut oil, or similar — gives brain cells extra fuel to burn, which helps its repair mechanism work more efficiently.  #SeniorCare #Seniors #Health #HealthCare #Nutrition #Caregivers #Caregivers

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Antipsychotics May Be Deadlier Than Thought for Dementia Patients: MedlinePlus

Antipsychotics May Be Deadlier Than Thought for Dementia Patients: MedlinePlus | Senior Care | Scoop.it

The medications are widely used to treat the delusions, hallucinations, agitation and aggression that occur in many people with Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia. However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns that antipsychotic drugs have a significant risk of side effects, the study authors pointed out.

Pacific Cove's insight:

In the study, the risk of death among patients taking antidepressants was lower than among those taking antipsychotics or valproic acid, but was still higher than among those who weren't taking any medications to treat dementia-related behavior problems.  #Seniors #Dementia #Alzheimers #Medication #Antipsychotics #Caregivers #Caregiving #SeniorCare

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Sandy Whelan, ADC, QDCS's curator insight, April 25, 6:48 PM

We need to stop using these drugs when treating people with dementia. 

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6 Health Problems You Can Treat By Eating More Hummus

6 Health Problems You Can Treat By Eating More Hummus | Senior Care | Scoop.it
The Middle Eastern superfood dip can alleviate a variety of health issues, from anemia to cholesterol.
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“A high-fiber diet can help lower blood cholesterol levels, among other benefits, such as lowering heart disease risk, type 2 diabetes risk, and aiding in weight loss.”  #Seniors #Nutrition #Health #HeartDisease #Diabetes #SeniorCare #HealthCare #Caregiving #Caregivers

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Signs of Depression: 10 Common Symptoms You Should Know - PsyBlog

Signs of Depression: 10 Common Symptoms You Should Know - PsyBlog | Senior Care | Scoop.it
Ten signs of depression plus a self-assessment test provided by the UK National Health Service.
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Many people are depressed without realising it.  Depression is certainly much more than just feeling sad.  #Depression #Seniors #SeniorCare #Health #HealthCare #Caregiving #Caregivers 

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10 'Red Flag' Signs Of Cancer That You Should Not Ignore

10 'Red Flag' Signs Of Cancer That You Should Not Ignore | Senior Care | Scoop.it
There are certain symptoms that could be tell-tale signs of the early stages of cancer. Here is what you need to know.
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Early detection is key to cancer survival, since many types of cancers, such as skin and cervical cancer, are nearly 100 percent curable if caught in the precancerous stages. #Seniors #SeniorCare #HealthCare #Caregiving #Caregivers #Cancer

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Senolytics: Why Old Age May Soon Look Very Different

Senolytics: Why Old Age May Soon Look Very Different | Senior Care | Scoop.it
Senolytics, a new class of drugs, might dramatically slow the aging process and so change the face of old age.
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“It may eventually become feasible to delay, prevent, alleviate, or even reverse multiple chronic diseases and disabilities as a group, instead of just one at a time,” Dr. James Kirkland, senior author of the new study, stated in a press release.  #Seniors #SeniorCare #Aging #Diseases #Caregiver #Caregiving 

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7 Dog Breeds That Are A Perfect Match For Seniors

7 Dog Breeds That Are A Perfect Match For Seniors | Senior Care | Scoop.it
From Shih Tzus to pugs, these breed have the size and activity level that make them a great fit for seniors

Via Rudy Montigny
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That doesn’t mean you can’t have a dog, says Jean Tempro of the Victoria County Kennel Club. It simply means you have to be honest about your physical condition, activity level and most of all, your willingness to train your dog properly.  #Seniors #Pets #Dogs #SeniorCare #Caregiving #Caregivers

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