The Takeaway: Is it Summer Already?

tire swing croppedFor many parts of the country, it seems like summer arrived today. Don’t panic, there’s still time to lose weight and get in shape. (Get started here.)

To folks attempting to start a fad diet this Memorial Day weekend – good luck with that. We’ll be parked right next to the barbecue grill, thankyouverymuch. (Photo courtesy of Flickr user adwriter.)


Wow, talk about getting it in early. President Obama doesn’t turn 50 until August 4  – but he’s revealing his birthday wish now. (Wait. Clooney AND Ice-T are older than the President!?!?! )

What kind of therapy works best for stroke patients?
In the largest stroke rehabilitation study ever conducted in the United States, researchers found that stroke patients regain walking ability through at-home strength and balance exercise provided by a physical therapist – and that method worked just as well as when they participated in programs that practice the actual task of walking, by using a treadmill and partial body weight support. More on stroke recovery.

Being “born again” shrinks your brain?
Older adults who say they’ve had a life-changing religious experience are more likely to have a greater decrease in size of the hippocampus, the part of the brain critical to learning and memory, new research finds. What do you think? More on spirituality and faith.

Senate Republicans are standing by their plan to overhaul Medicare
Democrats and voters: We’ll see about that. What does this mean for you?

Recession wipes out savings for many workers. In order to survive the last three years, many people raided personal savings, retirement accounts and delayed medical care, says a new AARP study. As a result, about 25% of people 50+ have no cushion and more debt.

The good news: You’re not a good liar. The bad news: Everyone else is.
Psychologists in New Zealand did a research study in an effort to explain exactly why older people were more likely to be taken advantage of by scams than younger people. A team of psychologists found that the reason was that older people weren’t as good at lying as younger people, and were subsequently also worse at detecting the lies of others. How to protect yourself.

Census: Americans are getting older, marrying later
The nation is more “middle-aged-looking” than ever before, says a report released Thursday. Get outta here. You don’t say. Living longer and finding love later in life is not the end of the world. Trust us.

Agencies scramble to aid Joplin seniors
Find out how you can help.

Why Monday matters

It’s not all about barbecues and beaches. Take some time and remember.
More on Memorial Day.

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