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ALTHOUGH it is unfortunate but true that mental abilities decline with age — even without dementia or other neurological conditions that affect mental functioning — there are steps you can take to minimize these changes, says the January 2012 issue of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine’s Focus on Healthy Aging.

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WHILE surveys suggest that about 90 percent of older adults want to live independently for as long as possible, “aging in place” — remaining in your present residence — requires adapting to the changes that come with getting older, says the January 2012 issue of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine’s Focus on Healthy Aging.

 

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IT is estimated that more than half of U.S. adults take at least one dietary supplement daily, or occasionally — but a group of researchers are now saying that vitamin and mineral supplements may be doing some individuals more harm than good, says the February 2012 issue of the Johns Hopkins Health After 50.

 

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IN October, when the U.S. Preventive Task Force issued the recommendation that men not get routine PSA screening for prostate cancer, many men were surprised and/or angry — similar to the way women reacted two years ago when new mammogram guidelines were released, says the January 2012 issue of the University of California Wellness Letter.

 

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ALTHOUGH some forms of pneumonia can be quite mild, others can rapidly turn serious and even be life-threatening, especially during the severe winter hazards — while treatments are available, the best approach is to try to prevent infection, says the January 2012 issue of the Mayo Clinic Health Letter.

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