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Strenuous mental exercise like reading difficult books, solving tricky math problems — or, maybe, playing the right video game — can help keep a healthy brain sharp, research suggests. Images.com/Corbis hide caption

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Multitasking After 60: Video Game Boosts Focus, Mental Agility

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Michael Pagliaro, left, laughs with Paul Scattaretico at the Muzic Store Inc. in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y., as Pagliaro picks up instruments for his rental business. Before Pagliaro had a hip replacement, pain made it difficult to work. Maggie Starbard/NPR hide caption

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Patients Seek A Different Approach To Hip Replacement Surgery

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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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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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