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almost a quarter of the population. This is signiŒcant not only because of the sheer numbers but also because it creates a challenge for those who will care for this generation.

Long-term care ˆWe're all living longer, healthier lives,– McDonough said. ˆBut there's still a potential for physical decline. Statistics say that six in 10 people will need some type of long-term care in their lifetime, either from a family member or a health-care facility of some sort.– In the last 15 or so years, insurance companies have developed policies aimed at covering the costs of long-term care, from 24-hour, athome nursing services to time spent in assisted living or nursing homes. ˆLong-term care insurance is a wonderful tool to pay for long-term care,– McDonough said. ˆAs you're shopping for policies, make sure you buy from a reputable Œrm and that

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Staying healthy People who are active, eat right and exercise tend to stay healthier and are better equipped to deal with the effects of aging. ˆMuch of chronic disease is the result of an unhealthy lifestyle,– McDonough said.

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Beatriz de Juliao, moved to Atlanta from Colombia in 1996. She lives with Mauersberg, her husband and two daughters. ˆI take care of my mother and my family. For her, it's a better quality of life than she had in Colombia. I'm lucky that I can do this for her.– Mauersberg and her family stick to a budget to make ends meet. When they take a trip, it's paid for in advance. Her mother has cared for the children, and Mauersberg pays her mother's expenses and provides spending money. ˆThe children adore her, and she's always here,– Mauersberg said. ˆShe has her friends and her own room, and I'm the one taking care of her. I'm glad to do it, because she deserves it.– McDonough points out that many baby boomers will be in similar situations, if they're not already. ˆMany boomers' parents didn't plan for this stage of their lives,– McDonough said. ˆToday the average life expectancy is 77.6 years. Social Security is talked about a lot, but it was never meant to provide all of a person's retirement income.– Times have changed in the years since the birth of the Œrst baby boomers in 1946. People are living longer; retirement plans and pensions are not as secure as they once were, and medical costs are escalating. ˆThe good thing is that time is on our side,– McDonough said. ˆPeople should begin thinking about their retirement the Œrst day they begin work. The younger we start, the easier it's going to be.–

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A routine way to Œght aging Maintain youthful glow with proper skin care

LOOK YOUR BEST Though individual skincare regimens may differ, experts agree on measures anyone can employ to promote better skin.

➤ Get enough sleep. ➤ Bathe just long enough

By Pamela A. Keene For Southside Health In the battle for youngerlooking skin, there's one major enemy to look out for: the sun. Short of staying indoors all the time, there's no way to completely avoid the effects of the sun's rays. But, according to experts, there are ways to stave off some of the visible signs caused by sun exposure as well as the natural aging process. ˆFirst and foremost, eating right and exercising are key to looking younger,– said Phyllis Madans, a makeup artist with Lancùme. ˆIt's equally important to moisturize and use a sunscreen to help protect your skin.– In addition, Donald Pirozzi, a Fayetteville dermatologist, stressed the importance of using the right moisturizer. ˆPeople should continue to use sunscreens and make this No. 1,– he said. ˆThere

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Healthy food choices will get you far in life f you want a healthy diet, think color. The more color on your plate, the better off you will be, Southside dieticians say. ˆDark-colored fruit and brightly colored vegetables have more nutrients than those with less intense colors,– said Carol Stringer, a clinical dietician at Henry Medical Center. A healthy diet should emphasize high-Œber and lowfat foods; lots of whole grains, vegetables and fruits; and limited amounts of caffeine and alcohol, added Sarah Cannon, a dietician at Southern Regional Medical Center. Diets rich in fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of some cancers and other chronic diseases, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC and other government agencies Eating fruits as part of a balanced diet may help recommend a minimum of reduce the risk of cancer. Œve servings a day of fruits and vegetables. A typical serving is about a half-cup of fresh, canned, frozen or dried fruits and vegetables. When you tally up the number of servings, count only brightly colored fruits and vegetables. Starchy vegetables, such as potatoes, don't count. The dieticians recommend two to three ounces of meat or Œsh twice a day, and no more than six ounces a day. Here are some foods that, eaten within a balanced diet, can help keep you healthy and Œt.

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Antioxidants found in berries, plums and raisins are being studied for their ability to reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease and their role in slowing down the aging process. Anemia is an area of concern in older adults, and the iron contained in red meat will do the trick. Accompany the meat with food rich in vitamin C, such as tomatoes or a small glass of orange juice, to increase your body's absorption of iron, Cannon suggested.

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➤ Order from the light menus now offered at many restaurants, or purchase low-calorie or reducedfat products at the grocery store. ➤ Try a meal plan using ˆexchange lists– based on foods grouped together according to similar food values. Most exchange lists include several ˆfree– foods: those with fewer than 20 calories per serving, such as many low-calorie, sugarfree foods and beverages. ➤ Never skip meals. Eat three to six times a day in smaller portions to keep from getting hungry. ➤ Eat and chew slowly. Learn to stop eating before you feel full. (It takes 20 minutes for the stomach to tell the brain that it is full!) ➤ Weigh yourself on a regular schedule, but don't become a slave to your scale. ¨ Metro News Service

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Salmon is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids, which strengthen bones.

For years, parents have been telling children to drink their milk and eat their vegetables to build strong bones, teeth and muscles. The advice is sound for adults as well, especially those with a genetic inclination toward osteoporosis. Recent studies have shown that taking calcium supplements alone or eating calcium-rich foods is not enough in promoting bone health. Pairing calcium with vitamin D improves results. Therefore, both drinking milk and eating vegetables can be useful in slowing the onset of bone degeneration. ˆVitamin D is the key to absorption [of calcium],– said Kate Wheeler, an endocrinologist with Laureate Medical Group in Riverdale. ˆVitamin D is found in green leafy vegetables, supplemented into milk, and people can also get it through sun exposure. Just a 20-minute walk outside each day provides enough sun exposure.– The walk in the sun also may be helpful in another way. Physicians recognize that exercise can help with symptoms of osteoporosis. ˆWeight-bearing exercise ¨ really anything but swimming ¨ really works well,– Wheeler said. ˆWalking, light weightlifting or any physical activity that puts weight on their bones can help.– Bone loss in women generally occurs after menopause. When women are no longer producing estrogen bones become less dense. Men also can be susceptible, although their symptoms are more than likely the result of medications or other factors. ˆPeople with more slender body frames have a higher risk,– said Ryan Duffy, a

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spokeswoman with Piedmont Fayette Hospital. ˆOther risk factors include smoking, extended use of steroids, thyroid medications and family history.– Early detection can slow the progress of the disease, which can cause loss of height, brittleness and susceptibility to broken bones from falls. ˆIt's important to be screened,– said Dr. Debora Coursey-Prah, a radiologist and medical director of the Piedmont Fayette Hospital Women's Imaging Center. ˆIt's a quick, painless process that takes about 15 minutes.– Most physicians recommend bone scans shortly after menopause to create a baseline for comparison. ˆThere's not really a certain time that's best,– Coursey-

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units of vitamin D,– Wheeler said. ˆStarting early in life may help women have enough bone mass as they age.– What kind of doctor deals with osteoporosis? ˆGenerally, women talk with their gynecologist, internist or family physician,– Coursey-Prah said. Endocrinologists and rheumatologists also treat osteoporosis. Whatever the case, patients can discuss the timing for a bone scan with their physicians. ˆIt's easier to prevent bone loss than to rebuild bone,– Coursey-Prah said. ˆThe two main things to remember are to eat a good, balanced diet with lots of calcium and to exercise.– In addition, the foundation recommends avoiding smoking and excessive alcohol use.

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night and day when it comes to mobility. There's a tremendous difference in the physiological age of those men, said Cindy Lauer, director of SmartBodies. Physiological age is, basically, how old your body is. Someone who is 50 can have a physiological age of 40 or 70, depending on strength and muscle mass, blood pressure, body fat, brain function and other factors. ˆExercise and physical activity go hand-in-hand with proper nutrition when it comes to keeping people young,– said Carol Stringer, a clinical dietician at Henry Medical Center. Regular exercise reduces the risk of heart disease, prevents bone loss, releases tension and can help prevent or delay chronic illnesses and diseases associated with aging, according to the American Heart Association. The AHA recommends exercising 30 to 60 minutes most days of the week. In addition, the American College of Sports Medicine recommends strength training a minimum of twice a

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of developing an exercise regimen is to do something you enjoy, whether it's riding a bicycle, water aerobics, kayaking, walking, running or jogging, Lauer said. ˆA lot of people think of exercises as a drudgery of routine activity, but if it's hard to keep up an exercise routine, that's not enjoyable. People should make exercise as much fun as they can, whether it's playing tag with their grandkids or chasing a Frisbee with the dog,– she added. At the very least, when you're watching television, do stretches or march in place during the commercials, or sit in a chair and do leg lifts, Stringer advised. These simple things don't replace a regular exercise program, but they can improve exibility and strength and burn a few calories at the same time, Stringer said. Brisk walking is an exercise that most people can do, Lauer pointed out. How do you know if your pace is fast enough to provide

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Martha Mott, 59, participates in a tai chi class at the Riverdale Senior Center.

exercises correctly, Lauer said. Go to a health club and practice for 30 or 60 days under the watchful eye of a trainer, or hire a physical trainer to give you a few individual lessons, she said. ˆIf people lift too much too soon or don't use the proper form, they are setting themselves up for injuries,– she said. ˆThe results people get depend on whether they do the exercises properly.–

➤ Stretching: Flexibility is the exercise component people neglect the most, but and it's critical to maintain exibility for an enhanced quality of life, Lauer said. ➤ Balance and agility training: Generally speaking, balance declines after age 40, Lauer said. It's important to maintain balance and prevent injuries from falls. Tai chi, with its postures and circular movements, is an excellent way to improve balance.

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Resources on aging right around corner By Pamela A. Keene For Southside Health Talking about wills, healthcare decisions and Œnances can be uncomfortable for many families, but experts say that having a family talk periodically can save heartache in the years to come. Whether you're caring for aging parents or hoping to ensure your own wishes are met as you age, this is an important step for families. ˆSome of the things we're dealing with for our aging parents are our own issues as well,– said Gay Watson with the Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Atlanta. ˆIf

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ˆMake sure that your adult children know where these documents are in case they need them,– Watson said. ˆThis is one of the Œrst steps in caring for family members.– Resources for elder care and long-term planning are available through the Atlanta Regional Commission's Area Agency on Aging, which advocates, plans, coordinates, develops and delivers services for seniors (60 years and older); adults (21-59 years) with disabilities and long-term care needs, and family caregivers

in the 10-county metro area. Older citizens and their families are offered many options, including information and referral services, case management, transportation, home-delivered meals, senior centers, legal services and more through this network of care. Additionally, the agency presents information programs about aging. ˆWe'll go out and give talks to churches, civic groups and organizations,– said Marnie McDonough with the Area Agency on Aging. ˆWe also provide one-on-one counseling.– Programs also provide information about caring for

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