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  1. Healthy Aging - Topic Overview

    What kind of care can I expect at the end of life?You can be assured that you will receive treatments to manage symptoms and keep you comfortable at the end of life. These types of treatments are known as palliative care. Palliative care can also help people manage symptoms of non - life - limiting conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis. The goal of palliative care is to help people maintain ...

  2. Healthy Aging - Topic Overview

    It's never too late to start getting active. Being fit is important for everyone. You can benefit from physical activity even if you think of yourself as elderly or you already have conditions such as arthritis or heart disease. Being more active will help you feel better and may even help you live longer.If you haven't been active for a long time, you may have no idea where to start. The important thing is to take that first step—and make that first step a small one.Be smart about exerciseTalk to your doctor before you start a fitness program, especially if you are older or worried about how exercise might affect your health. You may have health problems that limit what you can do.Don't overdo it! If it hurts, stop. Some minor soreness or stiffness is to be expected at first, but pain is a warning sign to stop.If you have been inactive for years, start with about 5 to 10 minutes of activity at a time, and increase your time as you get more comfortable with the

  3. Nutrition for Seniors: A Caregiving Primer

    A caregiver's guide to key nutrients older people need -- and tips for helping them to eat healthy.

  4. Healthy Aging - Why an Advance Directive Is Important

    An advance directive is crucial for having control over your own medical care if you become unable to make decisions or cannot communicate your wishes. It is also a way to share your feelings with your family and help them if they ever need to make decisions about your medical treatment. An advance directive may become important if you are severely injured or develop a serious illness that ...

  5. Healthy Aging - Topic Overview

    Even if your family is involved in helping you make medical treatment decisions,it is still important to choose one person to be your health care agent. If you want one family member to be able to make medical treatment decisions for you,appoint that person as your agent. Your family's right to make decisions for you may be limited unless you have legally appointed a health care agent. Most ...

  6. Healthy Aging - Topic Overview

    What is an advance directive?An advance directive is a legal document that helps ensure that your health care wishes will be respected if you become unable to speak or otherwise communicate. In the absence of a written document, sometimes an advance directive may be an oral communication, where you express your wishes for care verbally to your family members or health care agent. An advance ...

  7. Healthy Aging - Health Tools

    Health tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Decision Points focus on key medical care decisions that are important to many health problems. Should I receive artificial hydration and nutrition? Should I receive CPR and mechanical ventilation? Should I stop kidney dialysis? Should I stop life - prolonging treatment? ...

  8. Healthy Aging - Topic Overview

    When considering moving into a nursing home,also called a resident care facility,you can take steps to make sure you select the place that best meets your needs. Visit several nursing homes with your family. Most nursing homes have an admissions coordinator who is able to answer your questions and show you the facility. Discuss what you like and dislike about each facility. It may be ...

  9. Healthy Aging - Basic Types of Advance Directives

    Having an advance directive means that you have written down information that can guide others into making medical decisions and providing care should you become unable to communicate your wishes. A living will and a medical power of attorney to designate a health care agent are the two main types of advance directives.Living willA living will, also called a treatment directive, outlines your ...

  10. Healthy Aging - Topic Overview

    Elder abuse refers to any of several forms of maltreatment of an older person by a caregiver, family member, spouse, or friend. Categories of elder abuseThe 1987 Amendment to the Older Americans Act identified three separate categories of elder abuse:Domestic elder abuse usually takes place in the older adult's home or in the home of the caregiver. The abuser is often a relative, close friend, or

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