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How to Motivate Yourself to Exercise

Researchers believe one way to eliminate a bad habit is to replace it with a good one. For example, say you’d like to get out of the habit of watching too much television. At the same time, you’d like to motivate yourself to exercise every day. To get started, identify three factors associated with the…

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Age-Old Advice for Good Health

For some retirees, losing memory and thinking skills in old age can be just as worrisome as the loss of health. “Brain training,” which involves mental exercises like crossword puzzles and learning a foreign language, can help, but that’s just part of what it takes to maintain a sharp mind. Scientists are researching the correlation…

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Health Savings Account Update

Introduced in 2003, a Health Savings Account (HSA) used in combination with a high deductible health care plan provides three tax advantages: Income tax deduction for annual contributions Tax-deferred growth Tax-free withdrawals for qualified health care expenses Depending on the fate of the current health care law, the HSA could become even more useful. Both…

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For the Health of Marriage

Turns out marriage can do more for your heart than fill it with love. A recent study found that, among other health benefits, married people have a higher probability of surviving a stroke. They are also more likely to survive major surgery, have fewer heart attacks, be less likely to have advanced cancer when diagnosed…

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Use this simple mental exercise to help boost your mood

In a Rut? This quick trick can make you happier.  According to an article in Reader’s Digest, the secret to happiness is only a few minutes away with this simple mental exercise:  THINK HAPPY THOUGHTS! The article cites a study in which, before going to bed, German volunteers listed nine beautiful things they’d seen during the…

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Hearing Aids Go High Tech

Here’s the thing about hearing aids: They amplify sound. So if you’re having a conversation with someone, you hear their words louder than the volume at which they’re actually speaking. If they mumble or have an odd accent, that sound won’t be any clearer — just louder. If there’s a lot of background noise, that…

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The Downside of Multi-Tasking

Do you ever find that by the time you finish that last cup of coffee in the morning, you’re already exhausted? According to researchers, it’s because we use our relaxing coffee time to multi-task: Check emails, pay bills, peruse headline news, etc. The more challenging the tasks, the more energy-drained we feel. Actually, scientists say…

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Pre-Retirement Lifestyle Tips

They say you’re never fully prepared to have children; the same could possibly be said for retirement. Life still gets in the way of plans, but one way to work out the kinks is to “test-drive” some of your retirement plans while you’re still employed. Consider the following tips to help prepare for retirement. Spousal…

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Making Waves in Hearing Restoration

The condition of losing hearing later in life is called presbycusis. It affects about two-thirds of people age 70 and older and four-fifths of those 85 and up. According to the Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery at Columbia University, a common cause of hearing loss has to do with inner ear hair cells. We are…

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Tempering the Type A Personality

There are pros and cons to being a Type A personality, but some of those traits can be detrimental to your health. Here are a few characteristics: Competitive Persistent sense of urgency in everything they do Have difficulty relaxing because it’s not a measurable goal Try to squeeze a task into every possible minute Measure…

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