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Depression Predictor of Alzheimers?

Brain tissue buildup associated with depression may predict Alzheimer's diagnosis later.

Alzheimer's is the most common form of dementia. There is little to be done for treatment so prevention is key. Researchers know that a buildup of the brain protein beta-amyloid is predictive of Alzheimer's. When comparing depressed and non-depressed patients amongst 371 people, researchers found that patients classified with severe depression had a 15% increase in beta-amyloid buildup.

PositiveTip: Invest in mental health for yourself and your loved ones. Social support, counseling and learning coping skills will improve your quality of life.

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Fitness for Older Adults: Go4Life

If you are over 50, Uncle Sam wants you to be physically active!

"You are never too old to increase your level of physical activity," says Richard Hodes, MD, director of the National Institute on Aging. His agency has introduced a campaign to encourage sedentary older adults to make physical activity a part of their daily lives. Go4Life is designed to help you fit physical activity into your daily routines. The website is a plethora of valuable stories, information, exercise options, answers to common questions--even a free exercise guide and DVD.

PositiveTip: Invite a friend to become physically active with you. You can help each other stick with it.

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MyPlate for Older Adults

Tufts University nutritionists introduce a MyPlate for older adults.

Another plate is coming your way! This time it is designed to guide older adults in choosing a healthy diet and lifestyle. Consistent with the USDA's 2010 Dietary Guidlines, it includes icons for physical activity, adequate fluid intake, plenty of easy-to-prepare fruits and vegetables, low-sodium, low-sugar options, and salt alternatives. Check out MyPlate for Older Adults.

PositiveTip: Make better food choices by following an appropriate version of MyPlate.