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Five super nutrients that help you age well

SONY DSCParents often use the adage “You are what you eat!” to encourage children to make healthy food choices, but the saying is equally true for mature adults. Providing your body with a variety of nutrients lets you feel your best, and may even prevent disease and help you live longer.

Allison Tannis is a nutritionist, author and professional consultant. She believes that aging well means eating well. She recommends these five super nutrients to help baby boomers and older adults age well and stay healthy.

1. Omega-3s

“It can be hard to see fat as healthy, but omega-3 fatty acids are potentially one of the most important nutrients for our health,” says Tannis. “Omega-3 fatty acids are vital to the maintenance and function of our eyes, brain and nervous system – parts of us that start to weaken with increasing age. In addition, these healthy fats have great ability to fight inflammation that is the cause of painful joints, cardiovascular disease and even wrinkles.”

How can you get your daily dose of 1 to 2 grams of omega-3s, as recommended by the American Heart Association? Wild-caught fish like salmon, sardines and Arctic char are good sources of omega-3s. Plant sources of omega-3s include flax, chia and hemp. It can be difficult to get enough omega-3s from food sources, so supplements are a good alternative.

Full story of nutrients to help age well at Courier Journal

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Anti-Aging: 10 Ways To Cheat The Clock — Starting Today

Antique ClockAbout 10 years ago, Washington Post reporter Margaret Webb Pressler visited the West Virginia State Fair with her husband, Jim, and their small children, and came across a small wooden booth with a sign that read: "Guess your age within 2 years. $2."

They thought, "why not give it a try?" The Presslers got in line behind a pair of middle-aged women. To their astonishment, the man at the booth guessed the women’s age — 51 — exactly. Undeterred, the Presslers went forward. After looking Jim up and down, the man surmised he was 37, only to be stunned to hear he was actually 55.

Since then, Pressler has watched her husband barely age, witnessing conversation after conversation in which Jim has been asked "how he does it." She decided to find out. By interviewing a variety of scientists and experts on aging — and by closely monitoring Jim’s habits — Pressler said she uncovered the simple diet, exercise and lifestyle changes that people can make now — no matter how old they are — to slow down the aging process.

In "Cheat the Clock," a book coming out Dec. 4, Pressler talks about the science behind the minor adjustments one can make to feel and look younger — just like her husband, Jim.

Full story of anti-aging at Huffington Post

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Caring for dementia patients leads to new brain health venture

Helping Grandmother WalkA new brain health program — set to launch next month and home-grown in Sarasota — uses neurological research to help clients who may be facing cognitive impairment make the most of what they have.

Nicci Kobritz, a geriatric specialist and nurse practitioner who operates Youthful Aging Home Health, says the program, called Scienza, evolved out of her work with dementia patients.

“Reasons one, two and three why people come into home care are because of memory,” Kobritz says. “Scienza is basically formalizing what we’ve already been doing, zeroing in on managing their chronic conditions. Our aides are specially trained in managing behavior so we don’t have to medicate them.”

After witnessing the results of managing a dementia client’s environment — using music, games, exercise and other therapies — Kobritz became curious about the science behind it. Her research led her to Ken Kosik, a neurological scientist at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Then she teamed up with Sarasota neurologist Gregory Hanes, who is now the medical director of Scienza. The program became a separate corporation with the involvement of Mike Mullan, president of the Roskamp Institute, which conducts brain research at its Sarasota laboratories.

Full story of dementia patients at The Herald Journal-Health

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Health & Fitness: Movement can help pain in stiff, aging joints

Movement Can Help Pain In JointsThis is the second article of our four-part series exploring common myths of aging.

We began last month with common misconceptions regarding imaging findings (X-ray or MRI) that show “arthritic” or “degenerative” changes. We discussed how arthritis or degenerative changes on an X-ray or MRI are actually a normal part of aging and do not necessarily cause pain. Some of you who have these findings on an X-ray and have pain have asked us if your pain is due to the arthritis seen on the X-ray. It is commonly thought that if you have pain and an imaging study shows arthritic changes, the pain is due to the arthritic changes.

This is not always the case.

Many people think they have to accept pain and stiffness due to the arthritis and therefore, not much can be done about it. The reality is much of your pain may be due to the stiffness in the joint and tightness in the muscles around the joint and not always due to the degenerative changes. Furthermore, you can frequently reduce or eliminate your pain by treating the stiffness even though the arthritis will still be present on an X-ray.

Full story of movement for joints at Coloradoan.com

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Massage may ease menopause symptoms

Massage May Ease Menopause SymptonsA handful of massage sessions with scented oils may help ease menopause symptoms for some women, suggests a small study that found massage with unscented oil also helped, but considerably less.

In the new study, Iranian researchers found that massage – either with aromatherapy oils or without – was better than doing nothing for 90 women with menopause symptoms.

"I don’t think that’s surprising," said Dr Hilda Y. Hutcherson, a clinical professor of obstetrics and gynaecology at Columbia University Medical Center in New York.

Considering some of the symptoms the study measured – like irritability, depressed mood and sleep problems -it makes sense that a couple of massages per week could make some women feel better, said Dr Hutcherson, who was not involved in the study.

And the added aromatherapy, she said, might work better based on what research suggests about certain scents.

Full story of massage easing menopause at Health24

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10 Anti-Aging New Year’s Resolutions for Seniors

By Aracelly Clouse

Elders New Years Health2012 is officially here. The beginning of another year typically means new starts as well as an ideal opportunity to make New Year’s resolutions. While traditional resolutions of losing weight, eating healthier and vowing to exercise are all great picks, consider adopting the following anti-aging resolutions to help keep you young and vibrant for the years to come.

1. Partake in a new sport: Exercise doesn’t have to be boring, so get out of your exercise rut and find a new activity to participate in such as Tai Chi or tennis. Not only will it increase your physical health, but you will meet new people and widen your social circle.

2. Plan a vacation: Plan a trip to somewhere new—somewhere you have never been before. Perhaps a trip to another country, a cruise to Alaska, or a weekend along the Oregon Coast will be enough to renew your passion for life. The Los Altos Senior Center offers organized trips if you are interested in traveling with a group.

Full story at Los Altos Patch

Regenerate your health

Cebu Daily News

Aging and NutritionFOOD is fuel for the body and nothing more. That’s how most people think of nutrition. But consider this radical idea: What you eat is more than merely sustaining and it can be generating. And I mean regenerating in ways that most people have not even considered, ways that scientists are just now beginning to understand. Nutrients like vitamins, minerals, protein, carbohydrates and the like will nourish flesh, blood and bones. But in the right amounts and in the proper combinations they also have the power to renew the body, repair physical damage, prevent the onset of disease and may be even reverse some of the signs of aging.

You realize that supplying yourself with the proper nutrients can foster growth and renewal when you know about regenerative nutrition. And just thinking in these terms can give you a big push down the road to well-being. Regeneration (which can apply to economics, agriculture and other fields as well as nutrition) means changing or reforming for the better by using your own resources. In regenerative agriculture for example, farmers thrive by planting legumes that pull nitrogen from the air and into the soil instead of buying expensive synthetic nitrogen fertilizers. In regenerative economics, communities produce locally most of the consumer products they need rather than paying higher prices for goods produced elsewhere. And in regenerative nutrition you enhance, even renew your health by taking charge of it by manipulating your nutrient intake, a potent personal resource.

Full story at Inquirer News

Puzzles, bowls and singing ‘can halt dementia’

By Stephen Adams

Puzzles and Singing Halt DementiaThose who do so maintain their ability to do everyday tasks better than people simply given anti-dementia drugs, found German researchers.

They believe the approach could help transform treatment for those in care homes living with mild to moderate dementia.

The academics came to the conclusions after studying the effects of their specially designed programme on residents with varying levels dementia in five Bavarian nursing homes.

Participants in each home were randomly split into two groups, each with 10 people.

In the first set of groups, residents continued with their normal treatment, which included taking anti-dementia drugs and participating in normal nursing home activities.

Full story at The Telegraph

Getting on in years? Exercise power over your age!

Maribel Bleeker

Healthy Eating & AgingThis holiday season and the New Year promise to be a happy one for tens of millions of older Americans, including those living in our area: new research confirms that exercise and good nutrition go a long way toward improving their health, quality of life, and longevity.

These findings were announced last week at the 64th annual conference of the Gerontological Society of America, an organization devoted to research, education, and practice in the field of aging.

Researchers found that regular physical activity combined with a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, fish, and healthy fats, lowers the risk of developing common age-related illnesses, including heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.

“It’s actually quite simple,” says Maribel Bleeker, owner of North Palm Beach Adventure Boot Camp for Women. “Physical fitness and good eating habits prevent obesity, which, as we all know, strains the heart and body, eventually leading to all kinds of life-threatening diseases. So it is logical that if you exercise and follow a healthy diet, your body will be more resistant to illnesses and discomforts that strike older people.”

Full story at TCPALM

Daily dose of fish oil eases the pain from osteoarthritis

By Daily Mail Reporter

Fish Oil Helps OsteoarthritisMillions take a fish oil supplement every day to ease aching joints, but until now scientists could not find hard evidence to prove it had any real benefits.

A two-year study has shown that even taking a low dose can reduce the pain and inflammation caused by osteoarthritis.

An estimated eight million people in Britain have some degree of osteoarthritis, caused by wear and tear on joints, such as the hips, knees and wrists, where the cartilage that cushions bone movement has broken down.

Full story at Daily Mail