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A recent study of 516 people age 70 or older found that those who aren't living with a serious illness feel 13 years younger, on average, and thought they looked about 7 years younger. Researchers suspect a positive self-image may encourage one to stay healthy and active.

"Journals of Gerontology Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, vol. 63, p. 377

Lower Cholesterol

A study at the University of Michigan of 377 people with high cholesterol found that almost half of those who visited a registered dietician three or four times over eight months to learn healthier eating habits lowered their cholesterol by 15%. What a great opportunity for parish nurses to make a difference in a faith community!

Journal of the American Dietetic Association, vol. 108, p. 332.

Lower Mortality

A study published in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society [vol.56, p. 1069], found that among 674 hip fracture patients, those who had daily contact with a friend during the two weeks before their injury were less likely to die within the next two years than those without such strong social ties.

The Johns Hopkins Medical Letter, Health After 50, Vol. 20, 8.

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Publication:Parish Nurse Perspectives
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Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jan 1, 2009
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