By MD for Seniors

Work. Working out. True love.

These are a few of the longevity secrets shared by the nation’s centenarians.

According to a recent report by the U.S. Centers for Disease and Control Prevention, the number of people living to 100 in the U.S. rose by 44 percent from 2000 to 2014 and it only continues to grow. Why is this happening? The study’s author, Jiaquan Xu, told Reuters that people are taking better care of themselves now more than ever.

“People are more aware of their health, of the importance of staying active and eating healthy food,” Xu said.

While taking great …read more

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Pet owners tend to be more physically active because they're more likely to go on walks with their dog.

There’s a sense of comfort in having an unconditional love from a furry companion – something you can’t always find in another human being.

But pets aren’t only fun and compassionate – they can actually improve your physical and mental health, according to Helpguide.

Here are four ways a furry friend can improve your overall health and well-being:

1. It can lower your risk for heart disease
According to the American Heart Association, owning a pet is associated with a reduced risk of heart disease for many reasons. Dog owners are more likely to engage in physical activity on a …read more

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Enjoy this savory soup on a cold afternoon.

Pumpkin-flavored desserts often take over at this time of the year. But why not use the seasonal vegetable in savory dishes, too?

Instead of baking sweet pumpkin treats, try cooking one of these wholesome meals:

1. Harvest Pumpkin Soup
Warm up on a cold day with this recipe from Country Living magazine.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1 large potato
  • 1 large onion
  • 4 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 can pure pumpkin
  • Freshly ground pepper and salt to taste
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 pt. heavy cream

Directions:

First, melt butter over medium heat in a large pot. Add potato and onion, stirring frequently until onion is soft and transparent – this …read more

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CT scans use much lower levels of radiation, but the exposure still increases your risk.

Did you know that October is National Brain Tumor Awareness Month?

Now is the perfect time to get a better understanding of the factors that can increase your risk of developing a brain tumor. While some cannot be controlled – such as age and family history – there are certain lifestyle choices that may increase your risk.

Age
While people of all ages can develop brain tumors, the American Society of Clinical Oncology says they’re most common in children and older adults. As you age, make it a priority to visit the doctor annually and report any out-of-the-ordinary symptoms, …read more

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With longer lifespans and a growing desire to age in place, today’s seniors face a host of financial challenges.

According to a 2015 Wells Fargo survey, Americans age 60 or older have saved a median of $50,000 for retirement. However, there are ways to boost your retirement withdrawals or Social Security checks. Here are three ways that seniors can supplement a fixed income without taking on new work.

Take advantage of your life insurance policy
If you’ve paid life insurance premiums for decades, it might be time to make your policy work for you. Whether you need quick cash, or …read more

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Serve with french fries or a vegetable side dish if desired.

After a long day, spending your evening cooking dinner doesn’t always sound appealing.

But you don’t always have to slave in the kitchen – a slow cooker can take the task off your hands. Consider using the appliance to create these simple and delicious meals throughout the week:

1. Slow Cooker French Dip Sandwiches
This recipe by Carlsbad Cravings makes the perfect melt-in-your-mouth meal.

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 3 lb. beef chuck roast – trimmed of excess fat
  • 1/3 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1 cup cola
  • 2 10.5-ounce cans beef consomm√©
  • 1/4 cup dry minced onions
  • 1 Tbsp. beef bouillon
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. …read more

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Use your favorite apples to create this healthy dessert.

Halloween is right around the corner and your grandchildren might be expecting treats to satisfy their sweet tooth cravings. But don’t drown them in packaged chocolates and high-calorie desserts. Instead, try these recipes that offer healthier alternatives.

Halloween is right around the corner and your grandchildren might be expecting treats to satisfy their sweet tooth cravings. But don’t drown them in packaged chocolates and high-calorie desserts. Instead, try these recipes that offer healthier alternatives:

1. Sugarless Apple Cookies
This sugarless treat from Recipe4Living is surprisingly sweet and only 54 calories per serving!

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup chopped dates
  • 1/2 cup peeled and finely chopped apple
  • 1/2 …read more

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The Sunrise Good Samaritan Fund helped community members in need.

For Bianca Wilson, wellness nurse at Sunrise at Siegen in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, August 13 started off just like any other day. She woke up early and arrived at the senior living community to begin her shift, by greeting residents and team members.

For Bianca Wilson, wellness nurse at Sunrise at Siegen in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, August 13 started off just like any other day. She woke up early and arrived at the senior living community to begin her shift, by greeting residents and team members.

She was aware of the flooding in the neighboring towns of Denham …read more

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There may be genetic influences to a person’s risk for developing Type 2 diabetes, according to a new international study. Here’s what you need to know about these findings.

Type 2 diabetes affects millions of people across the world, and a new international study has gathered insight on the underlying genetic factors related to the disease. More than 300 different scientists across 22 countries contributed to research that was recently reported by the National Institutes of Health. These findings shine new light on an individual’s predisposition to Type 2 diabetes, which generally develops later in life.

Understanding the data
Diabetes …read more

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Post-acute care at home is a useful option for some patients.

Post-acute care may be undergoing a dramatic shift in how care is offered.

The road to recovery from an accident, surgery or other procedure can be a long one. You may spend time at a rehabilitation center, a post-acute care wing of a hospital or simply in your own home.

Researchers have found that there is considerable variation in post-acute care, however. With greater access to technology that allows for improved communication and accountability, it may be possible that a shift in post-acute care is right around the corner.

What the data says
According to Healthleaders Media, the Centers for Medicare …read more