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PUMPING IRONY: Weighty Matters

By Craig Cox

The new weight-loss drugs promise transformational changes for their users, but are they right for seniors? Experts urge caution.

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Can Exercise Improve Memory?

By Craig Cox

The answer is nuanced, according to a recent study, but in general, people who are more active perform better on memory tests than people who are less active.

Healthy Aging and the Brain: 5 Ways to Improve Neuroplasticity

Healthy Aging and the Brain: 5 Ways to Improve Neuroplasticity

By Emily Ewen

The importance of exercising our brains as we age and advice for easy ways to strengthen cognitive functioning.

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PUMPING IRONY: It’s Your Move

By Craig Cox

The vast majority of older adults prefer to stay in their own home as they age, but a recent survey suggests most of us haven’t done the necessary planning to age in place. Thankfully, there are plenty of companies that make the relocation process more palatable.

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Can Reducing Calories Really Help You Live Longer?

By Helen Martineau

You’ve probably seen headlines that restricting calories can extend your lifespan. The reality might be a little more complicated.

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PUMPING IRONY: The Pressure Is On

By Craig Cox

A new study casts doubt on the accuracy of blood-pressure readings taken in a doctor’s office — flawed data that often leads to unnecessary prescriptions and procedures. Some notable cardiologists are pushing for more effective options.

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Longer Lives, But Healthier Ones?

By Michael Dregni

Americans are living longer than in decades past — but are they healthier?

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Looking at Health From the Inside-Out

By Emily Ewen

How one Life Time team member’s stroke taught him the importance of knowing the full picture of his health — and what he wants you to know about it too.

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Exercising Safely with Parkinson’s Disease

By Emily Ewen

Consistent exercise can help slow the progression of Parkinson’s. Experts weigh in on how to get the best results.

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PUMPING IRONY: The Disease of Disconnection

By Craig Cox

While physical frailty among seniors has been well documented, recent research suggests that social frailty may be even more prevalent — and lead to similar health issues.

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Strength, Mobility, Balance: Introducing ARORA Fit

By Emily Ewen

A Q&A with the creators of the new signature group training format that’s designed for active older adults.

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5 Surprising Factors to Reduce the Risk of Dementia

By Michael Dregni

Eating well, prioritizing sleep, and exercising help to protect against dementia, but there are other several other factors that play an important role as well. Learn more.

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PUMPING IRONY: Swamped?

By Craig Cox

Seniors living in “food swamps” — communities dominated by convenience stores, fast-food outlets, and other purveyors of unhealthy fare — may be more susceptible to strokes, according to a new study. Call me skeptical.

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6 Strategies to Manage Chronic Inflammation

By Mo Perry

Inflammation is highly responsive to diet and lifestyle interventions, which can help our bodies cool down and our immune systems become better regulated. Focusing on these six behaviors can make a difference.

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What Is Inflammation?

With Gregory Plotnikoff, MD
Season 6, Episode 15

Inflammation is a natural bodily response that is essential in acute circumstances — we need it to happen we get a paper cut or if we’re fighting a head cold. Its harmful effects occur, however, when it becomes chronic and systemic. Functional-medicine practitioner Gregory Plotnikoff, MD, shares what to know about inflammation, including what causes it, how it impacts our health, ways we can test for it, and proactive steps we can take in our daily lives to tame it.

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5 Moves You’ll See in ARORA Tai Chi

By Emily Ewen

Learn about the benefits of this practice — and a few of the moves you’ll do in class.

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PUMPING IRONY: Worrisome Advice?

By Craig Cox

Anxiety disorders are pervasive among the Medicare set, so why is the government counseling doctors to screen only younger patients?

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PUMPING IRONY: Every Breath You Take

By Craig Cox

While air quality nationwide has improved markedly since the turn of the century, recent research highlights the cognitive damage that even low levels of pollution can exact on the aging brain.

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PUMPING IRONY: Take Two Bean Sprouts and Call Me in the Morning

By Craig Cox

More than a half century after health-food activists began promoting the notion that food is medicine, public and private initiatives are finally taking shape. But formidable obstacles — some political, some institutional, and some purely personal — loom on the horizon.

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PUMPING IRONY: Eat Less, Live Longer?

By Craig Cox

The latest longevity research suggests that calorie restriction may slow the pace of aging, but questions about the design of these types of studies — and the threat of sparking eating disorders — muddle its conclusions.

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PUMPING IRONY: The Price of Prevention

By Craig Cox

Barely one in three U.S. seniors is vaccinated against shingles, despite their vulnerability to the often-dangerous virus. One reason for their hesitancy became all too clear when I got the bill for my shot.

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