Why Do Seniors Crave Sweets?

If you’ve ever spent some time around elderly and senior folk or count yourself among this group, you’ve likely noticed that they/you/we very much enjoy sweets. It’s not just a coincidence, either. It’s something that comes with age. There are a couple of factors that lead to an increased fondness of sweets with age and it’s time to get to know them.

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Mia Johnson is a writer with a ten-year-long career in journalism. She has written extensively about health, fitness, and lifestyle. A native to Melbourne, she now lives in Sydney with her 3 dogs where she spends her days writing and taking care of her 900-square-foot garden.

Should We Increase Protein Intake After Age 65?

A study that purported to show that diets high in meat, eggs, and dairy could be as harmful to health as smoking supposedly suggested that: “[P]eople under 65 who eat a lot of meat, eggs, and dairy are four times as likely to die from cancer or diabetes.” But if you look at the actual study, you’ll see that’s simply not true:

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NUTRITIONFACTS.ORG is a strictly non-commercial, science-based public service provided by Dr. Michael Greger, providing free updates on the latest in nutrition research via bite-sized videos. There are more than a thousand videos on nearly every aspect of healthy eating, with new videos and articles uploaded every day. NutritionFacts.org was launched with seed money and support by the Jesse & Julie Rasch Foundation. Incorporated as a 501c3 nonprofit charity, NutritionFacts.org now relies on individual donors to keep the site alive.

Dr. Greger is a physician, New York Times bestselling author, and internationally recognized speaker on nutrition, food safety, and public health issues. A founding member and Fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, Dr. Greger is licensed as a general practitioner specializing in clinical nutrition. Currently he proudly serves as the public health director at the Humane Society of the United States. Dr. Greger is a graduate of the Cornell University School of Agriculture and the Tufts University School of Medicine.

His latest book, How Not to Die, became an instant New York Times Best Seller. 100% of all proceeds he has ever received from his books, DVDs, and speaking engagements has always and will always be donated to charity. Dr. Greger receives no compensation for his work on NutritionFacts.org.

The Role of Pesticides in Parkinson's Disease

In the original description of Parkinson’s disease by none other than Dr. James Parkinson himself, he described a characteristic feature of the disease: constipation, which may precede the diagnosis by many years. In fact, bowel movement frequency may be predictive. Men with less than one bowel movement a day were four times more like likely to develop Parkinson’s an average of 12 years later.

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NUTRITIONFACTS.ORG is a strictly non-commercial, science-based public service provided by Dr. Michael Greger, providing free updates on the latest in nutrition research via bite-sized videos. There are more than a thousand videos on nearly every aspect of healthy eating, with new videos and articles uploaded every day. NutritionFacts.org was launched with seed money and support by the Jesse & Julie Rasch Foundation. Incorporated as a 501c3 nonprofit charity, NutritionFacts.org now relies on individual donors to keep the site alive.

Dr. Greger is a physician, New York Times bestselling author, and internationally recognized speaker on nutrition, food safety, and public health issues. A founding member and Fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, Dr. Greger is licensed as a general practitioner specializing in clinical nutrition. Currently he proudly serves as the public health director at the Humane Society of the United States. Dr. Greger is a graduate of the Cornell University School of Agriculture and the Tufts University School of Medicine.

His latest book, How Not to Die, became an instant New York Times Best Seller. 100% of all proceeds he has ever received from his books, DVDs, and speaking engagements has always and will always be donated to charity. Dr. Greger receives no compensation for his work on NutritionFacts.org.

Gardening in Retirement: Good for You and the Environment

Did you know that gardening can reduce the risk of strokes by 30%? This is particularly important for seniors, who are at increased risk of heart problems. This is especially true if they lead a sedentary lifestyle in retirement. It is important in retirement to find ways of naturally boosting your morale, as well as looking after your physical and emotional health.

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One Heartbeat Per Second to Beat the Clock

The Beat Goes On

Immanuel Kant, the famed 18th century philosopher, described the chemistry of his day as science, but not really science, as it wasn’t grounded in mathematics—at least not until a century later. The same could be said for biology, the study of life.

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NUTRITIONFACTS.ORG is a strictly non-commercial, science-based public service provided by Dr. Michael Greger, providing free updates on the latest in nutrition research via bite-sized videos. There are more than a thousand videos on nearly every aspect of healthy eating, with new videos and articles uploaded every day. NutritionFacts.org was launched with seed money and support by the Jesse & Julie Rasch Foundation. Incorporated as a 501c3 nonprofit charity, NutritionFacts.org now relies on individual donors to keep the site alive.

Dr. Greger is a physician, New York Times bestselling author, and internationally recognized speaker on nutrition, food safety, and public health issues. A founding member and Fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, Dr. Greger is licensed as a general practitioner specializing in clinical nutrition. Currently he proudly serves as the public health director at the Humane Society of the United States. Dr. Greger is a graduate of the Cornell University School of Agriculture and the Tufts University School of Medicine.

His latest book, How Not to Die, became an instant New York Times Best Seller. 100% of all proceeds he has ever received from his books, DVDs, and speaking engagements has always and will always be donated to charity. Dr. Greger receives no compensation for his work on NutritionFacts.org.

Aging Factor You Can't Really Control: Genes

No matter how healthy your lifestyle—plenty of sleep, exercise, healthy meals—you won’t be able to completely combat aging. New research shows our mothers may be to blame. While we can’t control genes, there are some factors we can control to slow down the aging process.

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Health Perch is a digital health magazine focusing on physical and mental wellness, as well as ways to fight signs of aging. We aim to make health and wellness easy to understand and fun to read.

We keep you up to date with the latest health articles, tips, & advice. Catch us on Twitter (@HealthPerch) for even more health news, and keep coming back here to learn how to become the healthiest version of you.

Alzheimer's Disease and Dietary Copper

Metals and You

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NUTRITIONFACTS.ORG is a strictly non-commercial, science-based public service provided by Dr. Michael Greger, providing free updates on the latest in nutrition research via bite-sized videos. There are more than a thousand videos on nearly every aspect of healthy eating, with new videos and articles uploaded every day. NutritionFacts.org was launched with seed money and support by the Jesse & Julie Rasch Foundation. Incorporated as a 501c3 nonprofit charity, NutritionFacts.org now relies on individual donors to keep the site alive.

Dr. Greger is a physician, New York Times bestselling author, and internationally recognized speaker on nutrition, food safety, and public health issues. A founding member and Fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, Dr. Greger is licensed as a general practitioner specializing in clinical nutrition. Currently he proudly serves as the public health director at the Humane Society of the United States. Dr. Greger is a graduate of the Cornell University School of Agriculture and the Tufts University School of Medicine.

His latest book, How Not to Die, became an instant New York Times Best Seller. 100% of all proceeds he has ever received from his books, DVDs, and speaking engagements has always and will always be donated to charity. Dr. Greger receives no compensation for his work on NutritionFacts.org.

Fitness - It's About Discovering What Fits

Let’s take a look at three potentially enjoyable ways that you can change the course of your life with fitness.

Before we go there, however, let’s focus on the process of discovery, itself.

It involves doing something different.

Obviously–how else could anything be discovered?

I guarantee you that there is an exercise activity that you can and will enjoy, that will change your life in major ways. You simply have to make the effort to discover it.

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As a lifelong fitness enthusiast and armchair philosopher (BA in Social Science, UC Irvine), Steven communicates his passion for health and wellness with an offbeat slant. It's a lifestyle, he will insist; and fitness is really a journey to find what fits--for you. His personal fitness journey has primarily centered on resistance training for more than fifty years. An intense three-year exposure to Shotokan Karate under Sensei Ray Dalke and Sensei Edmond Otis in Southern California during his thirties (he is now 65, since you're wondering) had a significant impact on his appreciation for the martial arts as fitness disciplines. It is his sincere hope that you will find insight, inspiration, and knowledge from the ideas he sends your way. Find more of his work at The Senior Health and Fitness Blog.
 

The Real Risks of Retirement Investing

To anyone on the glide path to retirement, it is becoming clear that today’s retirees are facing a completely different set of challenges than prior generations.

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Branding and consumer product trends pundit Merilee Kern, MBA is a wellness industry veteran, health advocate and influential media voice. Her ground-breaking, award-winning “Kids Making Healthy Choices” Smartphone APP for children, parents/caregivers, and educators (iTunes) is based on her award-winning, illustrated fictional children’s book, “Making Healthy Choices – A Story to Inspire Fit, Weight-Wise Kids” (Amazon). She may be reached online at www.TheLuxeList.com. Follow her on Twitter here: http://twitter.com/LuxeListEditor and Facebook here: www.Facebook.com/TheLuxeList.

How Loneliness Changes Across Your Lifetime

Loneliness can strike at any age, although the cause might be different.

by KIRA M. NEWMAN | Greater Good Science Center

Ask someone to recount a time they felt lonely, and they’ll undoubtedly have a story to share. You might hear about the college freshman away from home for the first time. Or the new mother feeding her baby in the dark stillness of 4 a.m.

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This article originally appeared on Greater Good, the online magazine of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley.

The Greater Good Science Center studies the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well-being, and teaches skills that foster a thriving, resilient, and compassionate society.

Based at the University of California, Berkeley, the GGSC is unique in its commitment to both science and practice: Not only do we sponsor groundbreaking scientific research into social and emotional well-being, we help people apply this research to their personal and professional lives. Since 2001, we have been at the fore of a new scientific movement to explore the roots of happy and compassionate individuals, strong social bonds, and altruistic behavior—the science of a meaningful life. And we have been without peer in our award-winning efforts to translate and disseminate this science to the public.

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If you’ve ever spent some time around elderly and senior folk or count yourself among this group, you’ve likely noticed that they/you/we very much enjoy sweets. It’s not just a coincidence, either.... read more
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08/07/2019
A study that purported to show that diets high in meat, eggs, and dairy could be as harmful to health as smoking supposedly suggested that: “[P]eople under 65 who eat a lot of meat, eggs,... read more
Agricultural equipment spraying crops against bright orange sky
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In the original description of Parkinson’s disease by none other than Dr. James Parkinson himself, he described a characteristic feature of the disease: constipation, which may precede the... read more
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Did you know that gardening can reduce the risk of strokes by 30%? This is particularly important for seniors, who are at increased risk of heart problems. This is especially true if they lead a... read more
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Let’s take a look at three potentially enjoyable ways that you can change the course of your life with fitness. Before we go there, however, let’s focus on the process of discovery, itself. It... read more
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08/09/2018
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Woman feeding a man grapes in a vineyard.
09/25/2019
If you’ve ever spent some time around elderly and senior folk or count yourself among this group, you’ve likely noticed that they/you/we very much enjoy sweets. It’s not just a coincidence, either.... read more
Couple in the kitchen preparing food with wine
08/07/2019
A study that purported to show that diets high in meat, eggs, and dairy could be as harmful to health as smoking supposedly suggested that: “[P]eople under 65 who eat a lot of meat, eggs,... read more
Agricultural equipment spraying crops against bright orange sky
06/18/2019
In the original description of Parkinson’s disease by none other than Dr. James Parkinson himself, he described a characteristic feature of the disease: constipation, which may precede the... read more
Woman pruning magnolia tree
06/03/2019
Anonymous (not verified)
Did you know that gardening can reduce the risk of strokes by 30%? This is particularly important for seniors, who are at increased risk of heart problems. This is especially true if they lead a... read more
Two men at the beach check heart rate on watch
03/13/2019
The Beat Goes On Immanuel Kant, the famed 18th century philosopher, described the chemistry of his day as a science, but not really science, as it wasn’t grounded in... read more
Blue and white graphic of a DNA strand.
03/04/2019
No matter how healthy your lifestyle—plenty of sleep, exercise, healthy meals—you won’t be able to completely combat aging. New research shows our mothers may be to blame. While we can’t control... read more
Close up of older man's hands folded in lap.
11/14/2018
Metals and You Though the underlying cause of Alzheimer’s disease has yet to be found, there is increasing concern about the role of metals in the development of the disease, as I discuss in... read more
Rusty wrench set of various sizes.
09/07/2018
Let’s take a look at three potentially enjoyable ways that you can change the course of your life with fitness. Before we go there, however, let’s focus on the process of discovery, itself. It... read more
Silhouette of two retirees watching sunset from under a tree
08/09/2018
To anyone on the glide path to retirement, it is becoming clear that today’s retirees are facing a completely different set of challenges than prior generations. This is the first generation in... read more

Pages