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Resilience, Health, and Successful Aging in Seniors

Bounce back resourcefully from adversity High resilience predicts better health and successful aging Successful aging arises from several sources, including physical and mental health. A cross-sectional study used data from 1,006 persons over age 50 living in San Diego County, California, as part of the Successful Aging Evaluation Study. Researchers found that perceived stress moderated…
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Volunteering Boosts Seniors’ Cognitive Health

Keep your brain active Engagement more with life An international team of researchers conducted a critical review of 73 studies about senior citizen volunteering. Volunteering consistently predicted reduced depressive symptoms, better self-reported health, fewer functional limitations, and lower mortality. In addition, volunteering promoted greater social, physical, and cognitive activity. These factors led to increased altruism…
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Beans Don’t Get No Respect

But they should! Give beans and other legumes a try Plants that produce beans occur in the legume plant family. Beans are seeds and, as such, contain everything a sprouting plant needs (except water and sunlight) to germinate and create a new plant. The seeds of legumes occur in pods of various sizes and shapes.…
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Intergenerational Effects of Parental Stress

Chronic parental stress can damage offspring Defuse chronic stress to protect the born and unborn According to a recent review, little doubt exists that parental stress or distress can be transmitted to offspring. Several possible routes of transmission exist. First, offspring can learn poor life skills from their parents, thereby perpetuating harmful ways of dealing…
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