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In 1996 the first of the 80 million or so baby boomers crossed the half-century mark, turning 50 with a mixture of grace, dread, good humor, and resignation for the unavoidable decline. But is it all so inevitable? Or will an investment in taking care of ourselves now pay out big dividends as we try to forestall the aging process? The answer seems to be, yes it will.

This edition of Body & Soul takes a look at the aging the process, and in particular, the subject that appears to be at the heart of most anxieties about growing old--memory loss.


First we will take to you to the desert of Arizona for a visit with Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D., a Western trained physician who has incorporated Eastern techniques into his integrated program for combating age-related memory loss by keeping the brain in top shape.


Then Dr. Andrew Weil, a leading authority on integrative medicine and the author of seven books, weighs in with his views on a variety of issues associated with aging and how we might adjust our lifestyles to accommodate the changes ahead.


Finally, Body & Soul takes you to Atlanta where a group of senior citizens have been practicing Tai Chi as part of a research project that has proven the ancient martial art to be an effective preventive measure that can dramatically reduce the number of falls among the elderly.

 

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