Todd Reed Vitality 052312

Losing his foot and ankle to a land mine couldn't stop 50-year-old Todd Reed. He's a Mesa, Arizona police officer and plays o…

  • By Lexi Petronis, Glamour magazine

    Whiling away an afternoon at an art gallery or an evening at the symphony may be lovely ways to spend some time (and get a little culture in your life), but one study is showing that enjoying those activities could actually help boost your health in a truly fascinating way.

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    A new study presented at the 12th Annual Spring Meeting on Cardiovascular Nursing has found that stroke patients who love music, theater, and art recover better than stroke patients who don't.

    Stroke patients who love the arts were also happier--they were more energetic, less anxious, and even reported better memory and communication skills than non-arts-loving patients.

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    "These results shed light on the importance of lifelong exposure to art for improving the recovery process after a stroke," says According to study researcher Dr. Ercole Vello

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  • Artist Béatrice Coron, 56, didn't make her first paper cut until she was 40. Now, her work is internationally recognized.

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  • The clues to aging gracefully.

    The clues to aging gracefully.

    We've all witnessed the phenomenon: that radiant older woman whose cherub skin seems to (unfairly!) defy the hands of time, and the thirty-something who appears haggard and worn beyond her years. What gives, Mother Nature?

    While environmental and lifestyle factors no doubt play a major role in how you age, experts say that pure genetic luck is the foundation of the equation. A 2009 study of twins published in the Archives of Dermatology revealed that up to 60 percent of skin aging is due to genetics, says Dr. Heidi Waldorf, director of laser and cosmetic dermatology at New York's Mount Sinai Hospital.

    But be forewarned-this fact could work against you if the assumption that you have "good" genetic odds leads you to not care for your skin. "You can have the best genes in the world, but if you smoke or bake in the sun, you'll look 10 to 15 years older," says Los Angeles dermatologist, Dr. Ava Shamban. "Moral of the story: Don't count on your genes to save you from a poor lifes

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  • Weak grip? Light sleeper? These seemingly harmless traits could mean health problems to come

    Weak grip? Light sleeper? These seemingly harmless traits could mean health problems to come

    If you want to know what your risk of dementia and stroke will be down the line, new research finds that surprisingly simple tests today could give you the answer.

    The handshake test How's your grip? Not only is a firm handshake a sign of confidence, but doctors say it may be a barometer of your health, too. Researchers followed nearly 2,500 men and women for more than a decade, according to new research presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 64th Annual Meeting, and linked the risk of dementia and stroke to how strong their handshakes were at the beginning of the study. Having a stronger grip was associated with a 42 percent lower risk of stroke in people over age 65 compared with other study participants with flimsier grasps. What's the connection? "Vascular problems in the brain manifest themselves in a wide variety of ways," says study author Erica Camargo, MD, of the Boston Medical Center. The suspicion is that if your grip is particularly weak, it could be a sign that

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  • Everyone wants to live in a community where they feel comfortable. For Boomers, that should be easy, since there are so many of us. But if you live in a very small town (limited opportunities) or a frenetic city (emphasis on casual dating among younger people), you might find yourself thinking about a different place to live. Here are some suggestions. Whether you are looking for a new dating life, a different job, or a stimulating place to retire, there's probably something here for you.

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