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4. Building Positivity

In the previous chapter, we looked at the foundational traits that have been shown to be linked with happiness and optimism as well as ways you can cultivate these traits in yourself.

In this chapter, we will look at some additional approaches you can use that also promote happiness and well-being.

Training for Better Surgical Outcomes

Surgery is stressful on the body and mind. The degree of stress depends upon many factors, including the magnitude of the surgery, the preoperative condition of the patient, and the risk of postoperative complications. Of course, every surgical procedure carries with it some risk, however small. In older adults it’s

Newsbriefs: Music & Dementia; Statin Compliance in Older Adults

Music Beneficial for Dementia-Related Behaviors
A recent small study suggests that exposing people with dementia to music they have enjoyed in their lifetime may help ease behavioral and psychological symptoms like agitation, apathy, sleep disturbances, and constant movement. For the study (Geriatrics & Gerontology International, Nov. 20, 2018), 51 people with

4 Memory Exercises to Keep Your Brain Sharp

4 Memory Exercises to Keep Your Brain Sharp

Although research has yet to uncover a means of preventing Alzheimer’s disease, there is evidence that actively engaging your mind to “cement memories” can help preserve them as you age. And the earlier you start working on your memory, the better. Here are some memory exercises that may help you

Melanomas Can Affect All Races

Melanomas Can Affect All Races

People with fair complexions, red hair, blue eyes, and freckles typically are considered to be at greater risk of skin cancer than their darker-skinned counterparts. Research has shown that melanomas and other skin cancers occur more commonly in Caucasians than in other racial groups. However, a new study suggests that

Should You Show Your Love with (Chocolate) Flavonoids?

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and many of us will say, “I love you!” with the classic gift of chocolate. Ever since scientists discovered that cocoa beans contain potentially health-promoting biologically active compounds, chocolate treats have taken on a healthy halo. February seems like the perfect time to

Detecting and Treating Lewy Body Dementia

Lewy body dementia (LBD) affects about 1.4 million Americans, according to the Lewy Body Dementia Association. This makes it one of the most common causes of progressive dementia after Alzheimer’s disease (AD)—but even so, it frequently is misdiagnosed, and this leaves people with the condition vulnerable to potentially deadly medication

Music, Memory…Virtual Reality?

Hearing a song from your teen years can certainly trigger a flood of memories. Familiar oldies have even been shown to bring forth memories in people with profound dementia. This awareness is what led Rudolph Tanzi, PhD, director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital, to

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