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  1. Alone for the holidays? There are plenty of ways to find joy

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    The words in the Craigslist ad are heartbreaking.

You can have a happy holiday even if you don't find yourself gathered around the family table with all the trimmings.
  2. Make fitness part of your routine

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    Have you tried exercising many, many times, only to find it difficult to stick with the program? You just can't seem to get the motivation to make it a routine habit? Well, you're not alone. Research has found that about 50 percent of people who start an exercise program will drop out within the first six months. …

    Cindy Matthews of St. Pete Beach demonstrates Mountain Climbers. LifeTimes.
  3. 'Tooth squeeze' can make holiday travel a real pain

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    An old dental filling or infrequent visits to your dentist could lead to a painful interruption of your holiday plans.

    Dr. Terry Buckenheimer says painful episodes can ruin a fun time.
  4. November is Alzheimer's Awareness Month: a closer look

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    November is Alzheimer's Awareness Month. Alzheimer's is the leading form of dementia and affects millions of Americans. To find out the latest about the disease, LifeTimes talked with Dr. Amanda G. Smith, an associate professor at the Byrd Alzheimer's Institute at the University of South Florida in Tampa. The institute …

    Dr. Amanda G. Smith
  5. New shingles vaccine touted as a breakthrough for older adults


    Medical researchers and government health policymakers, a cautious lot, normally take pains to keep expectations modest when they're discussing some new finding or treatment.

    A sign marks the entrance to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, where an advisory committee last month approved a new shingles vaccine called Shingrix. In trials, it prevented more than 90 percent of shingles cases, even at older ages. "This really is a sea change," said Dr. Rafael Harpaz, a veteran shingles researcher at the CDC. [Associated Press]
  6. Senior Games standout is still running, jumping, shot put-ting at 82

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    Standout athlete Doris Prokopi, age 82, who competed in shot put, discus, 400-meter dash, long jump and about 15 other events during last month's Tampa Bay Senior Games, has dozens of medals to show for her efforts.

    Doris Prokopi of Land O’Lakes, 82, shows off the Tampa Bay Senior Games medals she has acquired over the years during the Florida Senior Games at the David Barksdale Senior Citizen Center. Prokopi has competed in the games since she was 60, and says she has so many medals that she often gives them to other competitors.
  7. Study: Mental quickness exercises can lower risk of dementia


    Where did I leave my keys?

    As we age, it can take longer to answer a question like that.

    This screenshot shows part of a computer brain-training exercise that asks participants to quickly identify objects like the two vehicles in the center and stay focused on them, even as distracting images like the road signs around the edges try to throw them off. During a study on how such exercises can reduce the risk of dementia, the exercises got more difficult as people mastered them. [Photo courtesy of USF]
  8. Laughter really is good medicine


    When it comes to reducing stress and even improving the immune system, laughter is right up there with exercise and good nutrition. Seems like laughter was a natural occurrence when we were kids, but then we grew up, and life got more serious.

    John Moran and Maja Hodzic, both of St. Petersburg, do a Bicycle on the Floor. LIFETIMES
  9. South African couple chart their own course as they fulfill American dreams

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    The black skimmer, a shorebird that looks like a toucan's distant cousin, nestles on Shona Carcary's lap, resting its large red and black bill in the crook of her arm as a little dog might do. He had survived the brutal winds of Hurricane Irma.

    Just barely.

    Shaun and Shona Carcary pose for a photo in front of "Happy Wife," their 52-foot 1975 Hatteras trawler. (Photo by Justine Carcary)
  10. 16-week EnhanceFitness program helps with balance, strength, arthritis

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    There may be groans as well as grins in this exercise class, but the gains are undeniable.

    Participants work out during an EnhanceFitness class at the South Tampa Family YMCA.