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    Quick temper? Instead of yelling, take a few minutes to cool down. The stress of chronic anger can actually shrink the memory centers in the brain. Get to know the signs that you’re seething and address the problem before it erupts. Read More
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    New video games, such as the Wii and Nintendo DS, offer brain teasers that make you learn the computer's interface as you master the brain games. That's a double boost to the formation of new neural connections and to response time and memory. Read More
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    When you look around, really look. Stare straight ahead and now,without moving your eyes , see if you can make out what's at the periphery. Do this regularly and you'll stimulate the neural and spatial centers of the brain, which can atrophy as you age.
    When you look forward, also look around. When...Read More
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    If your neighborhood is growing, check it out. The exploration will change your mental map of the neighborhood. Along with learning new routes to your favorite stores or restaurants, you'll forge new neural pathways in your brain. Read More
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    Sit quietly, choose a word that calms you and when your mind starts to wander, say the word silently. A form of meditation, this type of activity can reduce the stress hormone cortisol, which zaps memory. Meditation also helps mitigate focus-stealing feelings, such as depression and anxiety. Read More
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    If you are already receiving Social Security or Railroad Retirement Board benefits, you are automatically enrolled in Original Medicare — Parts A and B. If you want to consider a Medicare Advantage (Part C) plan, check with Medicare about these enrollment opportunities.

    It's important to weigh carefully the health...Read More
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    Generally, standard Medigap policies cover some or all of the cost of:

    • Your Part A deductible and coinsurance (i.e. the 20 percent Medicare  doesn't cover) for hospital stays
    • Your portion of your doctor’s bills for Part B services
    • The first three pints of blood annually, if needed
    • Hospice...Read More
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    If you're rapidly approaching retirement age, or find yourself forced to retire early due to job loss or health problems, here are some last-minute strategies to close the gap:
    Downsize: If you can get by with a smaller residence, downsizing (or renting) can free up needed funds and reduce your...Read More
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    Reading the news helps you keep up with the latest, which not only activates the memory part of the brain but also gives you something to talk about with friends and family. That kind of socializing can activate multiple parts of your brain and encourage cell growth. Read More
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    Research shows that taking courses  even just auditing them  can stave off dementia at an early age. If you don't want to go in for formal learning, then check out book readings, seminars and other educational events. Read More
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    Medicare does not cover all of your health care costs. How much you end up paying depends on several factors, including:

    • Which Medicare plans and options you choose
    • How often you go to the doctor or hospital
    • Whether you have other health insurance to cover some costs               
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    Shut-eye isn't a luxury. It's when your brain consolidates memories. Poor sleep, caused by medical conditions, worry, depression or insomnia, can interfere with your rest. So treat yourself to relaxing scents like vanilla before bed. They raise the chemical dopamine and reduce cortisol, a stress...Read More
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    Depending on numerous factors, including your loved one’s needs and health status, rating aspects of an assisted living facility will be of particular interest to you. Here are some of the key factors to consider.
    • Is the residence clean?
    • Is the residence cheerful?
    • Do you feel good about it?
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    Replace candy with a sweet pick-me-up of pears, apples, oranges and cantaloupe. The combination prevents elevated blood sugar that could impede brain cells from firing correctly. It also provides fiber and antioxidants that help scrub plaque from brain arteries and mop up free radicals that inhibit...Read More
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    The active ingredient in Indian curry, turmeric, contains resveratrol, the same powerful antioxidant that makes red wine good for brain health. Eat curry once a week, or sprinkle it on salads, to protect brain cells from harmful free radicals. Read More
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