physical activity

Don’t Rush: Long, Slow Walks Cut Stroke Risk

Posted on 11/18/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthIf a new British study is right, slow and steady wins the (health) race for older men trying to lower their risk of stroke. According to researchers, it wasn’t how fast the men walked, but how long and how often they walked. Long daily strolls were much more important than short brisk walks. In the study of  3,435 men ages 60 to 80, researchers found that walking for an hour or two a day (or eight to 14 hours a …

Want to Live Longer? Mowing the Lawn Helps

Posted on 11/1/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthNot a big fan of exercising at the gym or in a class? No problem! You can get similar health benefits from gardening, mowing the lawn or housework, says a new study of nearly 4,000 60-year-olds. >> Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter Researchers in Sweden wanted to see if older adults who didn’t do typical exercise but who led physically active lives doing other things would reap similar health benefits. They followed healthy 60-year-olds, who were from Stockholm, …

To Prevent Uterine Cancer, Think Coffee Not Cake

Posted on 09/16/2013 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthIt doesn’t get as much attention as breast cancer, but uterine cancer — also referred to as endometrial cancer — primarily strikes women over 60, killing more than 8,000 a year. Now a new report by the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) and World Cancer Research Fund International estimates that nearly 60 percent, or 29,500 cases, of uterine cancer annually could be prevented if women maintained a healthy weight and got regular exercise. They also need to drink a …

Friends Jump-Start Fitness (and Hotness) Together

Posted on 05/17/2013 by |Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingAs National Women’s Health Week comes to a close, my thoughts turn to physical activity … or lack thereof, which has been my problem. As a working caregiver (for both of my parents), I am typical: I focus on those two necessities of my life first and taking care of myself falls to the bottom of the list. It’s a terrible conundrum — I can’t let my work or caregiving slip, but there are only so many hours in the …

Caregivers May Benefit From Their Role

Posted on 10/21/2011 by |Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingFinally some good news about caregiving! I recently spoke with Dr. Lisa Fredman,  a professor of epidemiology and biostatistics  at the Boston University School of Public Health, who has been studying the effects of caregiving on stress levels. She and her colleagues have been following about 1,000 older women, 375 of whom were caregivers. Not surprisingly, the caregivers showed significantly more stress than non-caregivers. What amazed me, though, was how that stress actually affected – or didn’t affect – the …

Longevity News

Posted on 01/20/2010 by |Archived Contributor | Comments

Personal HealthI don’t eat seafood – but this article from the Wall Street Journal today is seriously making a good case for consuming more fish with omega-3 fatty acids. Sure, we’ve known for a long time that those acids are linked to a healthy heart – but a new study from the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that there may be another benefit of omega 3: longevity. Patients who had high intake of omega-3 had relatively longer “telomeres,” which …