Author: Jane

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Can dementia be prevented?

Are you afraid of getting dementia?  Someone in the world is diagnosed with dementia every 3 seconds. The U.S. National Institute on Aging estimates people over the age of 65 will make up 16% of the world’s population by 2050. This is up from 8% in 2010. Recent polls suggest that dementia has become the most feared health condition among people over the age of 50. It’s even more than they fear heart disease, cancer and stroke. The implication of what you read and hear is often that dementia just happens to some unfortunate people. This is true, but the vast majority of people can take positive action to reduce their chances of suffering from dementia. Dementia is not an inevitable result of old age.  In fact researchers from the University of Southern California have concluded that managing lifestyle factors such as hearing loss, smoking, hypertension and depression could prevent one-third of the world’s dementia cases. By increasing education in early life and addressing hearing loss, hypertension and obesity in midlife, the incidence of dementia …

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How to avoid medical errors

Medical errors are a serious public health problem and a leading cause of death in the United States and other countries. Here are simple tips that you can apply to keep you and your family as safe and well as possible.

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How to stop binge eating by helping your mind

Do you want to lose weight? The answer is probably yes, because so many people do. But wanting and wishing don’t make it happen. It’s clearly a very difficult thing for many people to do in spite of all the diet plans they’ve tried. Binge eating can make life so difficult and interfere with all your best laid plans. There’s more and more evidence that rather than focussing on food it’s important to focus on what’s happening in your mind. If you can’t get your mind on board, you’re likely to be doomed to failure. As well as knowing the calories in all the food you eat, you may know this too. But how to recruit your mind to help rather than hinder? You can give yourself a stiff talking to. That may work for a while, but really what you need is something that will work long term. You may be hyper-critical of yourself, but that won’t work either. Here’s a simple, safe way to reduce binge eating. Not some mad ideas or some …

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Is the floor a foreign country?

When you’re a child, you belong on the floor! As you get into your twenties, the floor is where you are sometimes – no big deal. As you get older, the floor becomes a foreign place that you never visit. It’s just too complicated to get to it, too difficult to work out how to get down there. It doesn’t matter, because life is interesting up here in a comfy chair, watching television. You may think that doesn’t matter. You don’t need to sit on the floor. Chairs and sofas are the place to be. You can stretch out and read a book, flick through your phone or watch a movie, hold a conversation, eat a meal – all while sitting in a comfortable chair. You don’t need to sit on the floor. But if you can, it indicates that you have good control of your physical body, that you can easily shift your weight without falling and that you can co-ordinate the different parts of your body. Sitting on the floor or standing up …

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How can I impress myself?

Do you ever impress yourself? This may seem a strange question. Most of us are busy thinking about how we can impress other people. But isn’t it more important to impress ourselves? After all we live with ourselves all the time, so we are definitely the number one person we need to impress.

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The importance of curiosity

I really think that curiosity is one of the most under-estimated beneficial mind sets. Cultivating curiosity is a way to enjoy your life more and do your bit in creating a better world for us all. It has benefits for you personally and for those you know and even for the rest of the world.

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Red Lentil, Rice and Coconut Soup Recipe

This soup ticks so many boxes. It’s easy to make even if you’re not really a cook. It’s cheap. It tastes delicious and it’s highly nutritious too. Do remember, in case you’re getting put off by all this worthiness, that it tastes delicious and is easy to make.

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What exercises should seniors do?

As people get older, they tend to get less active. If you’ve had a fall or an operation, you may be unsure what to do. You may not want to go to the gym or join a class or go running. Here’s a way of getting some level of fitness safely and without stress.

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