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What can older people do to boost brain function?

Simple physical activity supports cognitive abilities in later life, says study. We know staying in shape as we age is vital for our physical and emotional health. Keeping active also helps our brain to function better. Marissa Gogniat and colleagues from Georgia University designed a study to measure the effect of physical activity on cognitive... Continue Reading →

“ The chances of each of us coming into existence are infinitesimally small, and even though we shall die someday, we should count ourselves fantastically lucky to get our decades in the sun.” ~ Richard Dawkins

Are optimists better at avoiding daily stresses?

Optimism doesn't influence how older men deal with negative situations, but it can help avoid everyday stresses, says research. A growing number of scientific studies have found a sunny outlook has benefits beyond enhancing our mood. For example, more optimistic people tend to live longer and experience better health than those with a more pessimistic... Continue Reading →

How does nature help prevent disease?

The immune system may be a significant pathway explaining how nature and the body work jointly to fight disease, says research. We all know roaming through woods, countryside or paddling in the sea is good for our wellbeing. Research has discovered that spending time in natural environments protects against chronic illnesses such as depression, diabetes,... Continue Reading →

Is gardening a tonic for better health?

"We may think we are nurturing our garden, but of course it's our garden that is really nurturing us", said the British biographer Jenny Uglow, and she could be right. In England, 64% of people aged 45-64 report spending some of their free time tending a garden. Ask them why and a typical response might... Continue Reading →

What helps sleep deficient older adults combat insomnia?

Older adults may sleep better after mindfulness meditation training, study suggests. Difficulty falling and staying asleep are common complaints affecting millions of people. Lack of sleep is bad for health and significantly impacts our quality of life, influencing mood, energy and sapping concentration. In recent years interest in the effectiveness of mindfulness training for sleep... Continue Reading →

“Can you imagine? ~ Mary Oliver

For example, what trees do not only in lightning storms or the watery dark of a summer’s night or under the white nets of winter but now, and now, and now – whenever we’re not looking. surely you can’t imagine they don’t dance, from the root up, wishing to travel a little, not cramped so... Continue Reading →

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