Some broad spectrum advice about preventing skin cancer

My husband Barry loves being out in the sun. No matter what the season. Here’s a picture of him picking blueberries on a sweltering hot summer day. Unfortunately, skin cancer runs in his family. Over the years, he has had several lesions removed, frozen, or burned off. He’s lucky because, so far, all have been either precancerous areas called actinic keratoses or basal cell carcinomas, which are easily treated. He has all the risk factors.
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Explore the many benefits of t’ai chi

It makes me tingle,” answered 90-year-old Marit Wilson, when I asked her what she likes about doing t’ai chi. “It makes my arms and legs tingle.” Ta’i chi is a centuries-old mind and body practice. It involves making slow methodical movements called postures. Movements that are both graceful and purposeful. The postures move seamlessly from one to another. It’s a gentle form of exercise. Marit thinks we’d all benefit from practicing ta’i chi. “It makes you feel good,” she says, “and you need exercise. At least, I do.”
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Put a little fun in your life. Go dancing!

Joan Overton has been dancing nearly all her life. She just turned 82. I don’t know what I expected when I agreed to meet her at her weekly dance class, but when she was pointed out to me I was surprised. I grabbed a quick photo of her practicing the Foxtrot. Looking stylish in a leopard print top and low-heeled, open-toed dancing shoes, Joan is as graceful and limber as a much younger woman.
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10 signs that your elderly parent may need a little help

When we see our parents on a regular basis, we may not notice subtle changes in their routines or behaviors. If one is failing in some way, the other may pick up the slack and so, it may seem as if nothing is amiss. They may not mention anything because they don’t want to worry us or be a burden. 
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Who says 90 is too old to exercise? Not these men!

Do you have trouble fitting exercise into your life? Join the club. Sometimes, everything else comes first. And yet, being active can be key to feeling young and healthy. I know that. You know that. And so do the three gentlemen I met in the Fit to Live exercise group at the South Portland Recreation Center. All in shape, all active, all in their 90s.
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Decade by decade. How to keep your body strong and agile

I try to be active, but I’ve noticed lately that I’m not as quick or as flexible as I used to be. Balance can also be an issue. Sometimes, it’s downright scary. Like when I dashed across the street the other day and thought for a second I was going to pitch forward onto the pavement. Then there’s getting out of the car. It used to take one fluid movement. Now, it probably looks as if a robot is emerging.
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Lost your appetite? It could be your age, but help is on the way

Eating nutritious meals is important no matter what stage of life you’re in. In fact, the older we get, the more important the quality of our diet becomes. That’s because as we age, getting adequate amounts of certain nutrients from our food becomes more difficult and the need for calories decreases. In addition, our bodies simply don’t absorb some nutrients as well as they used to.
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