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Seniors Found To Be Most Active Distributors Of ‘Fake News’

A small percentage of Americans, less than 9%, shared links to so-called “fake news” sites on Facebook during the 2016 presidential election campaign, but this behavior was disproportionately common among people over the age of 65, finds a new analysis by researchers at New York University’s Social Media and Political Participation (SMaPP) Lab and Princeton University.

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Clinical Dietitian Offers Tips For Seniors’ Healthy Eating

Ideally, eating habits that support healthy aging should start “in your teens, if not earlier,” says Adriane Kozlovsky, MS, RD, LDN, a clinical dietitian at Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center & Hospital in Baltimore, MD.

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How Social Drinking Can Become Problematic As We Age

You may not realize it, but as we age, we become more vulnerable to developing an alcohol use disorder, more commonly known as alcoholism. And, even if you don’t develop an alcohol use disorder, its important know that your body processes alcohol less efficiently the older you get.

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Taxpayers Beware: IRS Scams Abound During The Holiday Season

Data thieves don’t take a break during the holidays. In fact, the IRS warns taxpayers that the agency is seeing a large increase in bogus email schemes that seek to steal money or tax data.

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Living With Prostate Cancer: More Men Opting For No Surgery

Of the 165,000 men in the U.S. expected to be diagnosed with prostate cancer this year, according to the American Cancer Society, about half will have low-risk disease. Many of those patients—about half, according to a 2016 study published in JAMA Oncology—will opt for active surveillance rather than surgery.

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Serious Illness, Affordable Healthcare Growing Problem for Women

The Washington, DC-based public health advocacy group Families USA commissioned original research analyzing 20 years of national survey data documenting the prevalence of serious health problems and barriers to health care access.

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Age, Appearance, and Beauty – The Face in the Mirror

The following article appears in Aging News Alert courtesy of Naomi Woodspring, Ph.D., author of Baby Boomers, Age and Beauty. Here, Dr. Woodspring shares a bit of her new book with our audience...

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Does Where You Live Affect Life Expectancy? You Bet It Does!

For the first time, the government is making data publicly available that let people across the United States see how where they live -- down to the census tract level -- affects how long they may live.

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Most Older Drivers Aren’t Talking About Driving Safely

If you’re an older driver, there is better than an 80% chance you have never talked with a physician or a family member about your ability to drive safely. At least, that’s what the latest research from AAA says.

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Aging Gracefully: You’re Only As Old As You Think And Do

Could increasing your physical activity or feeling more in control of your life be the secret to staying young? Employing these simple strategies may help older adults feel younger and that, in turn, could help improve their cognitive abilities, longevity and overall quality of life, according to research presented this past week in San Francisco at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association.

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