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Loss of Smell Often Overlooked in Older Adults

Posted on February 16, 2021 - In the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, doctors noted that a loss of smell was a noticeable symptom. Dr. Carl Philpott of the University of East Anglia (UEA) in the UK has studied this effect for months and learned that while the loss of smell during a cold or allergies is caused by congestion, people with COVID-19 can usually breathe freely. The virus instead affects their central nervous system. The effect is usually temporary, but in some patients, long-term.

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Rehabilitation for Our Most Important Muscle

Posted on February 11, 2021 - February is American Heart Month. This is a great time to learn about cardiac rehabilitation, an important healthcare resource for people who have heart problems. It includes exercise, education on heart-healthy living, and counseling to reduce stress and help patients return to an active life. Patients receive personalized, comprehensive care from a team of experienced professionals who work together to help the patient on the road to recovery and better health.

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Your Brain on Food

Posted on February 9, 2021 - Are you eating an “anti-brain diet”? The Dana Foundation offers an in-depth but layperson-friendly look at the relationship between nutrition and brain health.

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“Attitude of Gratitude”

Posted on February 4, 2021 - We often hear that feeling thankful is good for our emotional well-being. This interesting study from the University of Exeter in the UK looks at the way Japanese attitudes about gratitude and meaningfulness promote healthy aging.

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Preserving Our Sense of Purpose—Even Now

Posted on February 2, 2021 - Gerontologists tell us that feeling we make a difference in the world provides a powerful healthy aging boost. A 2019 study of 7,000 older adults published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Science showed that those who engaged in activities they consider worthwhile have more positive health outcomes. Study author Prof. Andrew Steptoe of University College London (UCL) said that the effects include better personal relationships, healthier lifestyles, better mental and physical health, and higher rates of exercise and socialization.

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