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WIN 2017

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5 SHUTTERSTOCK Remember to stay active Getting more exercise as you age— especially as a senior citizen—may reduce your risk for dementia, suggests a new study from UCLA. Looking at 3,700 older participants in the long-term Framingham Heart Study, researchers found an association between low physical activity and any form of dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Physical activity particularly affected the size of the hippocampus, the part of the brain controlling short-term memory, according to the study. Volunteer early and often Becoming a volunteer may lead to good mental health as you age, reports the British medical journal BMJ Open . Research published in the publication looked at responses from more than 66,000 adults who participated in a British Household Panel Survey that ran from 1991 to 2008. Slightly more than 20 percent of respondents said they were engaged in some formal volunteering activity, with women volunteering more than men. Scores for mental health and wellbeing were best for those who were frequent volunteers. When age was factored in, the positive association between volunteering and wellbeing became apparent around age 40 and continued through the senior years. S Women give their body images a boost Although women are still self-critical, they are more accepting of their bodies than in the past, according to research presented at the American Psychological Association 2016 convention. A look at more than 250 studies across more than 30 years showed that women are more dissatisfied with their bodies than men are when it comes to their weight. But women's dissatisfaction is gradually declining, while men's unhappiness with their muscle development has remained relatively constant. The finding could reflect greater body acceptance among women, say the researchers. S Health Central News Sleeping in for marital happiness To maintain a loving relationship, sleep on it. After a night when they got more sleep than they do on average, husbands and wives reported more satisfaction with their marriages for at least the following day, according to a new study published in the Journal of Family Psychology . Although it's not uncommon for spouses to have critical thoughts about their partners, they're able to exercise better restraint or self-control when they have energy from adequate sleep, say the researchers. In the study, 68 newlywed couples recorded the number of hours they slept during a seven-day period. The couples then answered questions about their satisfaction with the relationship and their experiences in the relationship, including chores and time spent together. When husbands got more sleep they were especially less negatively affected by bad experiences, the study reports. S When age was factored in, the positive association between volunteering and wellbeing became apparent around age 40 and continued through the senior years. It's never too late to get moving. What's more, researchers found that it's never too late to get moving: The protective effect of routine physical activity was strongest in people who were age 75 and older. S

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