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1. Test This: Stand Strong
More than half of all women over 60 will break a bone as a result of osteoporosis, but you don't have to be among them. Assess your risk with a bone mineral density test, which measures the level of calcium in your hips, wrists, or spine; the lower the concentration, the more delicate your bones. If, like 27 percent of women in their 60s, you discover you have osteoporosis, talk to your doctor about treatments that can help keep you fracture-free.
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2. Avoid This: Memory Decline
To protect your powers of recall when you're not actively learning, engage your mind with simple mental exercises. (Lack of stimulation may be a major contributor to age-related memory loss.) Try brushing your teeth or holding the phone with the hand you don't normally use.
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3. Do This: Make Time to Give Back
Research shows that volunteering can have widespread health benefits for people in their 60s and older—including improving mental outlook, reducing stress, and significantly increasing longevity. Not sure how to get started? Let us help you help others.

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4. Eat This: Load Up On the Green Stuff
While growing older puts you at risk for age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a condition that results in blurred vision, a high-fat diet lacking antioxidants also plays a role. According to the American Optometric Association, a daily dose of ten milligrams of lutein and two milligrams of zeaxanthin (found in one cup of leafy greens like kale, spinach, and collard greens) can improve vision and reduce the risk of developing AMD.

3 delicious (and super simple) ways to cook with leafy greens

Next: Dr. Oz's 24 smart strategies for feeling great at every age
As a reminder, always consult your doctor for medical advice and treatment before starting any program.


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