The numbers alone can be scary: It’s estimated that 12% to 18% of people age 60 or older have mild cognitive impairment (MCI)—a form of memory problems or trouble thinking that causes a slight, but noticeable, decline in cognitive abilities.
Mobility is how well a person can move and get around. It’s not just walking or driving. It also affects things like whether you can do chores and take care of yourself at home.
Getting the recommended amount of physical activity can be a challenge. But what you might not realize is that many chores around the house and yard count toward your weekly total. Here’s a look at some double-duty tasks that can give you both a nicer home and better health.
Even if you tend to fib about your age, your skin may still give it away. That’s because your skin’s appearance changes as you get older. For example, your skin loses fat, which makes it appear thinner and less smooth. Your veins become more visible. If you get a cut or wound, it might take longer to heal. And lifelong habits, such as smoking and tanning, start to take a toll. Read on for some additional ways aging affects your skin.
Want to add some fun, fall flavor to your exercise routine? Instead of pumping iron to build muscle strength, try hefting a pumpkin.
Making some changes to lighten up your go-to recipes can make a big difference for your health. You’ll trim the calories and fat while keeping that delicious flavor you love. Here’s how:
Sometimes the toughest part of exercising is just getting started, especially if you’ve been inactive for an extended period. When life interferes with your best laid plans or your body wants to settle deeper into the couch, how do you motivate yourself to fit in a workout? Here are tips to get—and keep—moving.
Changes in life lead to stress and anxiety. So in these times of tumult, it’s no surprise stress is on the rise. In a recent American Psychological Association survey, nearly half of Americans reported emotional and physical symptoms of stress, such as mood swings and tense muscles.
Cooking for one can seem like a lot of work. So when hunger strikes, it is tempting to reach for something easy, like a frozen pizza or a doughnut. But many processed foods like these contain too little fiber and too much salt, sugar, and saturated fat.
When you’re stressed, your first reaction may be to reach for a pint of ice cream or a bag of potato chips. Indulging in comfort foods definitely feels good in the moment. But foods high in sugar and carbohydrates can become an unhealthy crutch, making you feel worse in the long run.
Regular physical activity and healthy home cooking are two of the best things you can do for your body. But how do you find more time for both? Combine them! With these cook-friendly exercises, you can squeeze in some extra activity while waiting for the veggies to steam.
Some research suggests that by engaging in certain physical and mental activities, you may be able to lower your risk for cognitive decline.