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Two-thirds of seniors need help doing one or more daily activities

December 13, 2013

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Howard E. LeWine, MD, Chief Medical Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Howard LeWine, M.D., is a practicing internist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Chief Medical Editor at Harvard Health Publishing, and editor in chief of Harvard Men’s Health Watch. See Full Bio
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Javier Gonzalez
January 6, 2014

I agree, invest in yourself. Your body is the most important tool you have. All the funds going into your health will pay off in a big way, of course hedging that with some savings. My grandfather walked 18km daily in order to avoid losing his physical abilities and he kept it up until almost 90.

Simon S.
January 10, 2014

An 18km daily walk is awesome. My dad had a similar routine, good weather or bad, until cancer took his life at 75. His fitness, mobility and strength were like they were when he was 50. I like to walk, too, but I don’t want to miss time and opportunity with my family that isn’t as interested in walking like I am. I like Yolf – its like golf but with over-sized clubs and balls. It’s portable, you can take it to the park or your back yard. And kids like to join in on the fun, too.

December 27, 2013

It is natural. At some point of our life, it is simply impossible to be otherwise. However as a human you deserve a decent life even beeing elderly. So if your family leaveas you without livelihood. You can always contact with a lawyer.

December 17, 2013

Hello there,

A glass of red wine a day is good for you. A number of studies have found this, but a recent one found that the polyphenols (a type of antioxidant) in green tea, red wine and olives may also help protect you against breast cancer. It’s thought that the antioxidants help protect you from environmental carcinogens such as passive tobacco smoke.


Sandy Ng
December 16, 2013

Help them stay active, simply like walking is absolutely good for health. Their most need is our care, that keeping them stay in positive mind, as in their age tends to possess sensitive thinking.

James Taylor
December 16, 2013

Pathetic. There is absolutely no excuse for these numbers. We live in a land of slugs who will apparently do nothing to improve their conditioning. And the good news? We all get to pay for it. Imagine a medicare system where 2/3 of the older population could actually fend for itself instead of the reverse. We could actually afford it.

healthy old man
December 19, 2013

We seniors aren’t all slugs. I’m 70, and 2 days ago I walked to the YMCA for my regular morning 1.4-mile swim. The pool was closed for repairs, so I walked home, taking a longer way. It was -7F (-22C) and snowing. My GPS watch said my round trip walk was 1.7mi. Later I shoveled 10″ of snow off my driveway. I’ve walked to the Y and swum 100 pool lengths 314 times this year. I live in a neighborhood of mostly seniors, and I don’t know anyone who needs help with daily life … well, maybe the young Navy guys renting the house across the street could use some help dealing with the snow. They’re from the south, I think.

Peg Willson
December 20, 2013

My husband walks 3 to 5 miles every day and he is 77. I do walk as much, but get in about a mile and a half and I’m 78.

December 29, 2013

What a jerk Mr Taylor is! I’m 83, live alone, eat healthy, see my Doctors regularly.
If he thinks age is a breeze, he’s really stupid.
I bet he’d a 30 something orphan… And single at that.

December 15, 2013

My concern re: to ordering you books/pamplets is that with so much health information available in this information age just how much more am I to expect from the Harvard Heslth Edu. I ordered your work on thyroif disease for a love one. ..I will let it be my guide.

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