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Staying Socially Active Wards Off Disability

Staying Socially Active Wards Off Disability

The importance of staying physically active throughout life and the health benefits it brings has long been documented, but what about social activities? Research from the Rush University Medical Center finds that retirees who report a high level of social activity are twice as likely to remain disability free involving activities of daily living. This
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Know the Signs and Symptoms of a Stroke

Know the Signs and Symptoms of a Stroke

The American Stroke Association reports that stroke is the 4th leading cause of death and a top cause of disability in the United States. Ischemic strokes are the most common type and occur when a blood clot stops up a blood vessel or artery to the brain. These account for 87 percent of all strokes.
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Best Exercises for Staying Healthy and Independent

Best Exercises for Staying Healthy and Independent

As we age, it is important to take part in physical activity to stay healthy and independent. There are so many benefits of exercising, from protecting us from diseases to boosting our mood. The National Institutes of Health recommends these four types of exercise to maximize those benefits.   Strength exercises – builds muscle, increases
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Creative Arts Can Help Fight Dementia

Creative Arts Can Help Fight Dementia

According to recent research from the Mayo Clinic, joining a sculpting class or learning to paint lowers the risk of developing mild cognitive impairment (MCI), the first sign of many forms of dementia including Alzheimer’s disease. The participants reported their involvement in creative art activities such as painting, drawing, and sculpting over a four year
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Exercise Benefits Stroke Survivors Both Physically and Mentally

Exercise Benefits Stroke Survivors Both Physically and Mentally

A stroke often cuts off blood flow to the brain and impairs vital cognitive abilities such as thinking, remembering, and learning. However, new research finds a post-stroke exercise program aids in not only physical recovery for survivors, but mental as well.   Researchers analyzed records from 13 clinical trials that included a total of 639
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