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How to Keep Your Memory Sharp

While a lot of our memory prowess depends on genes, there’s plenty of studies that suggests lifestyle choices may actually help make memories stick. Here are some practical things you can do to rev up your recall. Memory is a complicated process, but science is continuing to target new ways we can make simple changes every day to boost our memory capacity. While memory loss is a normal part of aging, that doesn’t mean we can’t slow down the process with these tips. Get some shuteye. For decades, science has indicated that sleep is a critical time when memories consolidate

Spring Cleaning Your Home

Spring is here which means its time for a deep cleaning of your home. It is a satisfying way to prepare for the warm weather and fresh up after a long winter inside. Here are some tips to get the best out of your spring cleaning. De-Clutter Taking some time every so often to de-clutter your items is a great way to stay organize and be more efficient. Studies have also shown that a disorganized home can lead to increased stress. Getting rid of items can help release weight off your shoulders and help you start the year off fresh.

Should You Take a Home Genetic Test?

More and more people are taking home DNA tests to better understand their health risks. But do the tests do more harm than good? Here’s what to consider. Direct-to-consumer genetic DNA testing is booming. As more and more consumers are taking advantage of convenient home tests such as 23andme and Helix to learn about their health, the process has gotten easier, faster and more affordable. But the results are far from definitive—and the emotional cons may outweigh the pros. It’s important to speak with your doctor before deciding if a home test is right for you. How it works Once

A Beginner’s Guide to Acupuncture

If you’ve ever wondered why people pay to have a bunch of needles put in them, wonder no longer. Here is a beginner’s guide to acupuncture, an ancient practice with proven health benefits.   The first practice of documented acupuncture traces all the way back to 2600 BCE in China within The Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Internal Medicine, but is believed to have been practiced much earlier. The theory of acupuncture is based on the premise that there are patterns or channels of energy flow (Qi) through the body that are essential for health. Disruptions to this flow are believed to

10 Smart Tips to Downsize in Style

As you ready for your new fun-sized lifestyle in a smaller space or apartment, here are some tried-and-true ways to create a stylish, streamlined look. Voilà! More room to enjoy what matters most.   1. Shift your mindset. There’s a lot to look forward to in a smaller space. If you’ve shifted from home to apartment, you can enjoy the freedom of maintenance-free, lock and leave living. With less items tucked away in remote basements or closets, you’ve got more of what you need at your fingertips. Embrace the lightness.   2. Measure twice, move once. It sounds obvious, but

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Delightful Fragrances for Your Zodiac Sign

For most of us, fragrance is powerfully evocative. Certain scents have the power to totally transport us to another time in our lives, or to bring back a long-forgotten memory. Perhaps it’s not too surprising that selecting a personal fragrance can then seem like a daunting task; selecting the right notes to encapsulate your own personality traits is not easy. Fortunately, we’re here to simplify the process, using the twelve signs of the zodiac. The talented specialists at FlowerSchool NY explored the different qualities of each zodiac sign to distill the perfect fragrance notes for each and every one. Executive director Calvert Crary, also a florist and photographer,

The Secret to Healthy Aging

Who doesn’t wish for a fountain of youth? Magical youth-restoring springs exist only in legend, but science does point to a few simple, healthy habits that can help extend your life. Heather Whitson, MD, associate professor of medicine (geriatrics) at Duke University School of Medicine, shares the most effective tips. Don’t Slow Down “Exercise and physical activity is where the strongest evidence lies, not just for reducing mortality, but also for across-the-board health benefits,” Whitson says. She ticks off exercise’s advantages: fewer heart risks, improved sleep and memory, less depression and pain, better bone strength and fewer falls. What kind

Yoga Boosts Brain Function

Older women who practice yoga may have greater “thickness” in areas of the brain involved in memory and attention, a small study suggests. Researchers found that even compared with other healthy, active women their age, yoga practitioners typically had greater cortical thickness in the brain’s left prefrontal cortex. That could be good news because, as the researchers pointed out, cognitive impairment from aging is usually associated with less volume in cortical areas of the brain associated with attention tasks, and decreases in memory. But experts said it’s not clear what conclusions can be drawn from the study’s findings. The findings are based on one-time brain scans

Staying Active After 55

As we continue to grow older, most of us begin to take life at a more leisurely and easier pace. Instead of hauling bags of groceries from the store, to our car, and into our homes, we have them delivered to our homes after an online order. Instead of walking around malls looking from shop to shop for the best prices and deals, we can go online to Amazon and have it delivered to our doorstop in a few days (or hours).  This is because when we hit the golden age of 55, we tend to let go of activities

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Why Happiness is Healthy

Happiness — you know it when you see it, but it’s hard to define. You might call it a sense of well-being, of optimism or of meaningfulness in life, although those could also be treated as separate entities. But whatever happiness is, we know that we want it, and that is just somehow good. We also know that we don’t always have control over our happiness. Research suggests that genetics may play a big role in our normal level of subjective well-being, so some of us may start out at a disadvantage. On top of that, between unexpected tragedies and daily

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