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Tips for avoiding arthritis

There are few conditions more painful than rheumatoid arthritis. People with this condition can struggle to accomplish even the simplest everyday tasks, as the pain can be tremendous. Although arthritis cannot be cured, it can be mitigated. Some strategies may even help to keep the condition at bay.

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Senior citizens can dance their way to fitness

As people age, their bones, joints and muscles begin to weaken gradually. Some elderly people develop conditions like arthritis and osteoporosis that make some movements painful or difficult, which can result in decreased physical activity. This can lead to further health problems. To some senior citizens, the very notion of getting up and dancing may seem counterintuitive or even downright impossible, but with support and encouragement, dancing can have a range of health and other benefits.

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Dealing with depression

Some elderly people look forward to moving into an assisted living community, but others experience a range of negative emotions when faced with the prospect of leaving their home. This can be especially true in cases where elderly people can no longer take care of themselves and need assistance with everyday tasks. Depression can be a common side effect when senior citizens have to handle major life changes, but what is depression, and what action can be taken both by caregivers and older people themselves?

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Survey: older people feel younger

Most people have heard the saying, "You're only as old as you feel." A recent survey by market research firm Kantar seems to suggest that age really is all in the mind - at least, according to the older people who participated in the poll.

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How to get healthier bones

As you age, bone health becomes increasingly important. Individuals with poor bone density or medical conditions such as osteoporosis are at much greater risk of hip fractures and other potentially serious injuries. Fortunately, it doesn't take radical lifestyle changes to start improving your bone health. Here are some tips on simple measures you can take to strengthen your bones and feel better in the process:

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Help older people to stay cool this summer

With a heatwave affecting large parts of Britain, Sunrise of Beaconsfield featured in this ITN national news report on how people are coping. Older people, in particular, have to take extra care during hot weather.

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Plenty of rest can reduce heart disease in the elderly

Many people know that getting enough sleep is important. Without sufficient rest, people can feel irritable and weary, and can be more likely to become injured in preventable accidents. However, new research suggests that a proper amount of sleep can also stave off heart disease.

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Combatting bone density decline in seniors

Most people know that calcium is one of the most essential nutrients for growing children, but it can be equally important for older people, too. As people grow older, the integrity of their bones can gradually deteriorate. This can present unique dangers to the elderly, as even small trips and falls can pose serious risks.

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