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Bowl of chicken soup

They’ve been handed down through generations—so-called “old wives’ tales” about health. Why have these pearls of wisdom persisted through the years despite the advances in modern medicine? Maybe because some have a little truth to them.

Group of people exercising

“Inactivity sneaks up on you,” says Austin Welsh, M.D., medical director at Tallgrass Creek, an Erickson Living community in Overland Park, Kans. “Some people think when they get older, it’s time to slow down, but they should do the opposite if they want to stay healthy.”

A row of glasses of water

Water is important to every part of your body. Among other functions it clears vital organs of toxins; provides moisture for your ears, nose, throat, and joints; maintains your temperature; and carries nutrients to every cell in your body.

The sun

Sunlight is your skin’s enemy throughout life. Although much of the damage might have already occurred, it is still important to take care of your skin.

4 secrets to healthy feet

Your feet have served you well over the years, so taking care of them is just as important as everything else you do for your health.

Healthy fruits and vegetables

Everyone knows that eating well is good for you, but not everyone knows about the specific benefits that go along with it. Numerous studies have shown that a well-rounded, low-fat diet with plenty of whole grains, fruits, and vegetables is linked to a reduced risk of heart disease, strokes, diabetes, dementia-related illnesses, and more.

Three doctors

Most people know about the importance of getting a second opinion about their treatment options when they receive a serious or potentially life-threatening diagnosis, such as advanced heart disease or cancer. But according to experts, there are other instances in which getting a second opinion is a good idea.

An airplace flying above the clouds

You’ve worked hard all your life; now it’s time to retire and travel to your heart’s content. Older travelers may face some challenges, however, especially if they have health conditions. Proper preparation can help you enjoy your trip as well as keep you safe.

Back pain

According to the National Institutes of Health, back pain is one of the most common medical problems in the U.S. In any three-month period, up to 25% of adults experience some form of back pain lasting at least one day. In older adults, the prevalence of back pain is about 70%.