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Older, Wiser, Wider?
Older, Wiser, Wider? Call it what you will: the battle of the bulge, middle-age spread, the waistline war. Somewhere in that busy time between 30 and 40, the forces of nature—children, work, time—gang up on you. One day you notice last season's clothes are a little uncomfortable this time around. All this comes at a time when age is less acceptable as an excuse for gaining weight. Just look at the current U.S. Dietary Guidelines, which make no allowance for getting heavier through the years. Getting old...
Nutrition Quiz for Seniors
Take the Senior Nutrition Quiz Eating a healthy diet is essential for people of every age. But as you age, doing so is especially important. To assess how much you know about good nutrition, take this quiz. 1. As you grow older and become less active, you need fewer nutrients in your diet. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is As you grow older, you may need fewer calories, particularly if you are less active than when you were younger, says the National Institute on Aging ...
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Pay attention to the amount of fluid you drink. You may not feel thirsty, but fluids are important to good health. Most healthy people should drink several large glasses of fluids each day. In addition to water, you can drink no-sugar juices, or low-fat or fat-free milk.
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For Seniors: How About Losing Weight Today?
For Seniors: How About Losing Weight Today? Much to our dismay, it is quite common for people to gain weight as they age. Some of the gain is unavoidable, because as your body ages, body fat increases as lean muscle mass and bone mass decrease. Body fat doubles over the five decades from age 25 to age 75. Body weight increases until you reach age 60, when it begins to decline. Less lean body mass needs fewer calories to maintain, and a more sedentary lifestyle that often accompanies aging also requires ...
Debunking 10 Aging Myths
Debunking 10 Aging Myths Many older Americans lead healthy, interesting, and productive lives well into their later years. But that’s not what we usually hear about. Instead, the emphasis is often on the limitations people experience as they get older from problems as varied as falls, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. The result is that we tend to have a bleak picture of getting older. Fortunately, the future can be far brighter. Myth 1: Old people are lonely. In actuality, older adults are less l...