Senior Housing Market Improves

According to the National Association of Home Builders 55+ Housing Market Index, single-family builder confidence among the senior housing development market increased over the last year. During the third quarter of this year, the index rose to 59. On the scale, a score of 50 marks the point where positive gains surpass negative. Additionally, the 55+ Housing Market Index for multifamily condos also increased from 37 in 2013 to 41 in the third quarter of 2014. Experts believe the growth is due to a growing population of seniors desiring relocation to a new home or an upgrade of their current home in their retirement years. More here

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Turmeric May Help Improve Memory

People in the beginning stages of diabetes who are at risk of cognitive decline may be able to prevent memory loss by consuming one gram of turmeric each day. Mark Wahlqvist, an emeritus professor and leader of the study said, “we found that this modest addition to breakfast improved working memory over six hours in older people with pre-diabetes. Our findings with turmeric are consistent with these observations, insofar as they appear to influence cognitive function where there is disordered energy metabolism and insulin resistance.” More here

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Black Tea May Help Prevent Ovarian Cancer

According to a recent study, women who drink tea may reduce chances of developing ovarian cancer. Having just two cups of black tea each day can lower women’s chances of ovarian cancer by 31%. Tea is full of antioxidants that help fight the development of cancer. If you don’t like the taste of black tea, there are other healthy foods you can consume to lower ovarian cancer risk like, blueberries, grapes, onions, citrus fruits, dark chocolate, red wine and apples. More here

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Lack Of Sleep May Effect Brain Health

According to a recent study, not getting enough sleep could shrink your brain. The study took a close look at the correlation between insomnia and other sleep disorders and brain size. Neurologist, Dr. Neal Maru said, “We know that a lack of sleep can lead to all kinds of problems. Poor sleep can affect our immune systems, our cardiovascular health, weight and, of course, memories..”. Doctors say there are myriad treatments available for people who suffer from sleep disorders. More here

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Frozen Pipe Prevention And Thawing Tips

Dealing with frozen pipes can be an unpleasant and expensive job. You can reduce the chances of your pipes freezing by taking some precautionary measures before extreme temperatures hit. Here are a few tips to help you avoid potential catastrophe: Insulate any exterior wall pipes; open cabinet doors to allow heat from your home to reach sink pipes; trickle water from faucets- moving water is less likely to freeze. When traveling away from home, do not set your thermostat any lower than 55 degrees. If your pipes do freeze, you should open the faucet letting water pass through, even if only a trickle- this will help the pipes to warm faster. More here

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Many Underestimate Lifespan

Research has found that many Americans believe their lives will end sooner rather than later. The study, undertaken in 1992, involved 26,000 participants between the ages of 51 and 61 who were asked to estimate how long they would live. 22 years later, researchers re-visited the study and found that most of the participants underestimated the length of their lives considerably. 49% of participants were wrong when the said they didn’t think they would make it to the age of 75. The statistics raise concern that a large group may not be accurately planning to remain financially stable throughout their later years. More here

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Boomer Housing Myths Debunked

Many Baby Boomers are indeed downsizing, but according to recent data, 46% plan to upsize. Not as many Boomers plan to relocate either, as analysts frequently report; 63% intend to stay in their current homes. Of those planning to relocate, 51% have no plans to move to a retirement community in a sunny locale; 67% will stay within their home State, with 51% planning to stay within 30 miles of their current address. Additionally, many of the survey participants plan on making large upgrades to their current homes. More here

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Staying Healthy During The Winter Months

Cooler weather has arrived in most of the United States, and as we progress further into winter, the colder temperatures can be a hindrance to your health. Cold weather can effect your body in many ways, from depression and body aches to a common head cold. A few things you can do to help stay healthy during the cooler months are: Stay clean- washing your hands regularly helps reduce germs immensely. Dress warmly with plenty of layers to help protect your immune system. Get enough physical activity to help reduce stiffness and reduce your risk of gaining winter weight. Also, Go outside- this will aid both physical and mental health throughout the winter. More here

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Lifestyle Changes May Reduce Possibility Of Stroke

According to the AHA/ASA guidelines, doing all of the following can lessen your risk of stroke immensely: Going on a Mediterranean diet with plenty of nuts included, monitoring your blood pressure with a home device, reducing sodium, getting plenty of daily physical activity, and not smoking. The lead author of a recent study on the correlation between high blood pressure and stroke, James Meschia said, “we have a huge opportunity to improve how we prevent new strokes, because risk factors that can be changed or controlled – especially high blood pressure – account for 90 percent of strokes.” More here

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Inflammatory Arthritis May Increase Heart Disease Risk

A new study illustrates a stronger correlation between inflammatory disease and heart disease. Experts say that having conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and psoriasis may increase your risk of developing heart disease due to inflammation and plaque buildup in the arteries. Dr. Alexis Ogdie of the rheumatology division in the Perelman School of Medicine said,  “it’s not terribly surprising that there is an increased risk of heart disease because of the similar levels of systemic inflammation.” Medications used to treat inflammation conditions can also help to reduce heart disease risk caused by an underlying condition. More here

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