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Time to get your dancing shoes on!

We all know physical activity is good for us – but is one type of physical activity “better” for us than another? Researchers at the German center for Neurodegenerative Diseases compared two fitness routine – dancing and endurance training – over 18 months in volunteers with an average age of …

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Lets get baking!

They say baking soothes the soul. How can it not? There is something so reassuring about the ritual – quietly weighing out ingredients, whisking, beating, folding and kneading. It is not just indulging in the end results – the cake, the biscuits, the scones – that helps to brighten up a …

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Could gardens help improve resident’s mental health?

There is something just inherently good about getting out in nature. This is why green spaces and natural environments within neighbourhoods and residential built are essential for the health and well-being of older adults. Firstly, they can provide older adults with an opportunity to be active physically and socially. Secondly, …

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Keeping your feet healthy

For many people, summertime means wearing summer sandals or jandals. But what if your toes had a fungal nail infection? Yikes! Don’t think you would suffer from it? Think again –  it’s estimated 1 in 4 Kiwis over 60 have suffered from a fungal nail infection in the last 12 …

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Get out in the garden – It’s good for you!

Gardening is good for the body and the mind. Research shows that getting into the garden can reduces stress, lift your mood and burn calories. Dr Keith Hammett, President of the Royal New Zealand Institute of Horticulture, believes gardening is more important than ever and not just for feeding ourselves but …

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Good news for those who love to read!

Reading this is good for your health – seriously! Robert Wilson, a professor of neurological sciences at Chicago’s Rush University, has been looking at the effects of reading on the human brain. His research is based on longitudinal studies in elderly people, measuring their memory and thinking. “We discovered early …

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