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Depression May Increase The Risk Of Dementia Later On

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The number of eyelid lifts reimbursed by Medicare more than tripled from 2001 to 2011, according to the Center for Public Integrity. Here, a woman is prepared for the procedure, along with an eyebrow lift. Media for Medical/UIG via Getty Images hide caption

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Basic hearing aids cost an average of $1,500 per ear. IStockphoto.com hide caption

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Hearing Aids: A Luxury Good For Many Seniors

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Group houses are becoming popular — again — among some single baby boomers, and not just for financial reasons. Marianne Kilkenny (second from right) shares her home in Asheville, N.C, with four other people. Mike Belleme/The New York Times hide caption

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Boomer Housemates Have More Fun

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Confusion over the details of the new health care law is leaving many people vulnerable to con artists. Evelyne Lois Such, 86, was recently the target of an attempted scam. Matt Nager for NPR hide caption

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Scammers Find Fertile Ground In Health Law

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Lou Ann Schachner, 84, and Jay Schachner, 81, are volunteers with the Northwestern University SuperAging Project. They keep track of all their plans in a shared calendar. She loves to cook and study French and he is a part-time tax lawyer. Samantha Murphy for NPR hide caption

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Inside The Brains Of People Over 80 With Exceptional Memory

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An older man performs exercises in Mumbai, India. Research suggests that moderate physical exercise may be the best way to keep our brains healthy as we age. Rajesh Kumar Singh/AP hide caption

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How Exercise And Other Activities Beat Back Dementia

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Seniors in the Southeast were much more likely to be prescribed more than one high-risk medications in 2009. Danya Qato and Amal Trivedi/Alpert Medical School, Brown University hide caption

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People who are socially isolated may be at a greater risk of dying sooner, a British study suggests. But do Facebook friends count? How about texting? iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Maybe Isolation, Not Loneliness, Shortens Life

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A towel covers the face of a man in a geriatric day care facility of the German Red Cross at Villa Albrecht in Berlin. Carsten Koall/Getty Images hide caption

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Social worker Nuria Casulleres shows a portrait of Audrey Hepburn to elderly men during a memory activity at the Cuidem La Memoria elderly home in Barcelona, Spain, last August. The home specializes in Alzheimer's patients. David Ramos/Getty Images hide caption

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Alzheimer's 'Epidemic' Now A Deadlier Threat To Elderly

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Extra weight is no defense against aging, says a demographer who argues that the apparent benefits from being overweight are a mirage. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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