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More than 40% of people over 65 are Tweeting, posting, or pinning on social media—and their presence on platforms like Facebook and Instagram bodes well for their cognitive and social health. One study found that older adults who use Facebook had a significant increase in their ability to co…

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If you want a quick and comprehensive workout that continues to burn calories long after your session ends—or you tend to get bored with your fitness routine—consider Aging Well with circuit training. Circuit training is a fast-paced, intensive workout that involves cycling through multiple …

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How does your plan for the future look? If you’re a planner, you’ve already got your investments and assets figured out and your estate plan in order. But there are other important aspects of planning that are often ignored. 

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Phil Procida, age 82, has found a unique way to Age Well: by pursuing a long-time passion and applying it into helping others. 

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The number of yoga studios, gyms, and health-focused restaurants are tangible evidence of people’s investment in improving or maintaining their wellness. But is it possible to work toward wellness while one is actually at work? 

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Research released earlier this year reveals that older adults who live in Life Plan Communities tend to have greater emotional, social, physical, intellectual, and vocational wellness than demographically similar people who don’t live in senior living communities. 

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Imagine the ability to explore the bottom of the ocean, fly through the sky, or float through space without leaving the comfort of your home. Thanks to virtual reality systems, you can. Virtual reality (VR) is a digitized world that inserts the user into a new reality through an HMD (head-mo…

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If you’re looking for ways to help your home “age well”—or to make a new home suit your style—start with your favorite furniture. Believe it or not, you can refresh your décor using antiques, family heirlooms, or beloved favorites.

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A multitude of research shows that those who spend time planting or cultivating a garden can end up reaping a variety of health benefits for the mind, body, and spirit. This is good news for avid gardeners in the Tucson area, many of whom are transplants themselves from the Midwest, East Coa…

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Tis the season… when many of us will gain unwanted weight from all the holiday parties, home-baked gifts, and irresistible goodies everywhere. “Between Thanksgiving and the New Year, people can gain weight that sticks with them the rest of the year,” says Mary Teresi, Pastry Chef at Splendid…

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Many of us struggle with exercise, either starting something like a Pilates class and then stopping. . . or buying a treadmill and letting it collect dust. One way around these stops and starts is to set exercise goals. With workouts, as with other aspects of life, setting realistic, specifi…

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Why work out in a fitness center when you can get a great cardio workout while exploring the beauty of the Sonoran Desert? Of all the opportunities for outdoor exercise in the Tucson area, hiking may be the most versatile—and one of the most beneficial. It’s free, can be adjusted to your fit…

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From a peek at how music benefits your brain, to recommending habits that can build long-term happiness, this column shares evidence-based information on improving physical, mental, and emotional health. Often, the information found here is based on research conducted or shared by Mather Lif…

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If you’re going to enjoy a lifelong hobby, you can’t beat the benefits of playing a musical instrument. In addition to bringing joy to yourself and any listeners you might have, you’re doing great things for your brain.  

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Many people believe that water aerobics or other types of aquatic exercise are for those with bad knees or brand-new hips—a last resort for staying fit. But in fact, working out in water is great for everyone. People of all ages, abilities, and fitness levels can use aquatic exercise to impr…

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Not all healthy pastimes require you to break a sweat or change your diet. Sometimes Aging Well can be as easy as do-re-mi. That’s right—you can Age Well simply by singing, or better yet, singing with others. Research has proven that singing in a group can improve your mood, your brain healt…

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Part of Aging Well is maintaining a positive mood and staying energetic—which are not always easy to do. The good news is that no matter what’s happening in your life, you can shift your mood by listening to music. There are many studies that explore this phenomenon. Below are ideas from res…

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Continuing to learn may be the best thing you can do to improve your cognition and memory. Research has shown that this is true for people of all ages—especially when learning combined with a social aspect like taking a class with other interested students. 

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Part of Aging Well is having a plan in place for dealing with health issues, both expected and unexpected. Even those who are healthy can be struck with a medical emergency that may take them out of commission for weeks. 

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Regular walking or running is a great way to Age Well—but if you’re just starting out creating a new fitness habit, it’s wise to start slow and build up. What follows is advice from Todd Lutz, the Get Fit coordinator at Splendido, an all-inclusive community for those 55 and better in Tucson.…

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There are countless Ways to Age Well, from a daily walk to volunteering for a good cause to practicing meditation. Pursuing creative arts seems to hold multiple impressive benefits for your brain and mood. Take the art of quilting: research published in the Journal of Public Health showed th…

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Research shows that taking your exercise outdoors compared to working out in a gym offers unique benefits for physical, cognitive, and emotional health. There’s even a Japanese trend right now called “forest therapy” that encourages people to enhance their health and happiness by spending ti…

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When it comes to Aging Well, many people focus on physical health—exercise and diet. But there are other areas of healthy habits that can provide balance in life, with the added benefits of being good for your brain health, mood, and overall quality of life.

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Have you tried your hand at the trend of adult coloring? With pages full of intricate designs and patterns that require fine pencil work, adult coloring books can provide hours of quiet entertainment—along with a host of benefits for your brain. 

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November is National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, and the Tucson area is already turning purple—the color adopted by the Alzheimer’s Association. Among the locals helping raise awareness and funds for those with Alzheimer’s disease are the residents and staff at Splendido, an all-inclusive c…

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What makes yoga so good for you? When practiced regularly, the unique combination of yoga’s physical exercise and meditative practice seem to unlock a wealth of benefits to the body, brain, and mood. Below are just six of the major outcomes that yoga can lead to, each backed up by multiple s…

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How will you spend your retirement years? These days, those on the cusp of retiring are not looking forward to resting in a rocking chair. In fact, they may try their hand at building a rocking chair, or opening an online custom furniture store. 

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Golfing is more than a pleasant pastime: Research has shown that regular golf games can offer proven benefits that substantially improve your physical and mental health. Older adults in particular may find that they can meet recommended exercise goals while enjoying this low- to moderate-int…

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Imagine the ability to explore the bottom of the ocean, fly through the sky, or float through space without leaving the comfort of your home. Thanks to virtual reality systems, you can. Virtual reality (VR) is a digitized world that inserts the user into a new reality through a headset. It i…

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In January 1993, at the age of 58, I had a heart attack. A week later, I had quadruple bypass surgery, and two months later, I had another heart attack. I was depressed, in pain, had loss of memory, concentration and had the dread of hopelessness. I was unable to return to work. I searched f…

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Every year at this time of holiday cheer, we read articles in the newspapers and magazines about heart disease. I find these articles extremely interesting because some holiday articles warn against shrugging off chest pain, forgetting or skipping medications, eating heavy meals, too much sa…

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Sometimes the greatest innovations in health care happen right in our own communities. Fifty years ago, one of those innovations took root in two clinics — one in the Mississippi Delta and one in South Boston, Mass. These clinics, started as demonstration projects of the Health Center Progra…

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As people age, staying active becomes more and more important. Maintaining fitness is important for overall health and longevity. Exercise improves a person’s chances of living longer and also means a better quality of life while spending those extra years on the planet. 

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Downsizing a home is something that many people must face at some point — particularly older adults who are considering a move to a smaller place. But before they sell, they face a daunting task: organizing and paring down the family’s accumulated belongings. Those belongings may include tre…

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You don’t have to be a “foodie” to appreciate the intense flavor of heirloom vegetables, the environmentally friendly practice of choosing local ingredients, or the practicality of eating fresh foods in season. These trends are becoming more pervasive in Tucson’s restaurants, farmers’ market…

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April is Stress Awareness Month, making this the perfect time to focus on ways to relieve chronic and short-term tension. Taking control of your stress levels is important, because high levels of stress can have multiple negative impacts on health—which, of course, can lead to more stress. 

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This pet-loving nation has always had a place in our hearts for furry family members, and older adults reap many benefits from owning a pet, starting with companionship.