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Senior Quick Quiz—14

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The recommended daily allowance of calcium for adults ages 50 and older is 1,200 milligrams, which you can get by drinking this many 8-ounce glasses of milk:


Involuntary muscle movements, or tremors, that often affect the hands become more common with age and can be associated with all the following, except:

corticosteroid drugsParkinson’s diseaseAlzheimer’s diseaseoveractive thyroid

According to a recent study in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, seniors are 70 percent more likely to maintain a sharp mind through the years if they:

don’t smokeexercise dailydrink a lot of waterhave high blood pressure

Nearly one in three adults have high blood pressure. Common symptoms include:

nervousness, sweating and difficulty sleepingtightness or pain in the chestclaudication or leg cramps while walkingnone—it usually has no symptoms

Which of the following statements about diabetes is true?

Eating too much sugar causes diabetes, so people with diabetes should not eat any sugar.If you have a family history of diabetes, there’s nothing you can do to prevent getting the condition.You can avoid diabetic complications by maintaining tight blood sugar control.Diabetes is contagious, so you should avoid people who have it.

ANSWERS: 1.D, 2.C, 3.C, 4.D, 5.B