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  1. Caregivers, the Elderly, and Driving

    Tips for caregivers about how to handle sensitive driving issues with their elderly loved one.

  2. 5 Tips for Preventive Care, Age 50+

    Avoid unnecessary illness and downtime with these 5 preventive care tips for your 50s and beyond.

  3. Age-Related Foot Changes - Topic Overview

    Normal changes occur in your feet as you age. Feet tend to spread,possibly causing shoe size to change. Have your feet measured each time you buy shoes. Do not assume that your shoe size has not changed. The bottoms of the feet lose the fatty pads (especially the heel pad) that cushion the feet. Skin becomes thinner and less elastic and may get injured or infected more easily. Ligaments ...

  4. Generic Drugs: Answers to Common Questions

    WebMD has the answers to common questions about generics: are they as safe as brand-name drugs, are there any differences between generics and brand-names, why are generics so much cheaper than brand-name drugs, and more.

  5. Milestone Medical Tests in Your 50s

    Learn the important medical tests to get in your 50s, including thyroid tests, colon and rectal exams, PSA and prostate tests, as well as blood pressure and cholesterol exams.

  6. Frailty in Older Adults - Topic Overview

    What is frailty?Growing older often means getting tired faster and moving slower than before. But some older people become very weak, and everyday activities become hard to do. This may be a health problem called frailty. Frailty is more than just slowing down. An older adult may be frail if a combination of these two things is happening:The person feels very weak and tired. He or she has no energy.The person has been losing weight without trying.What happens when an older adult becomes frail?People who are frail may have trouble doing everyday tasks—going shopping, getting dressed, getting in or out of bed, or using the toilet. They may feel weak and off-balance and worry about falling.Experts think frailty develops because of changes in how the body works. These body changes are more likely to happen when a person has certain other health problems, such as diabetes or dementia. These other health problems can cause frailty to get worse quickly.People who are frail are more likely

  7. Aging Well: Choosing a Nursing Home

    Finding the right nursing home can help you or your loved one feel safe and cared for. A good first step to choosing a nursing home is to make a list of homes you might be interested in. Talk to family, friends, doctors, and others to get recommendations of good nursing homes. If you can, it's good to plan ahead so you have time to learn all you can about the nursing homes you're interested in. If you need to make a decision quickly, try to visit the nursing homes on your list at least once before you choose. Make sure you understand the cost and payment options for each nursing home. What do you need to know about choosing a nursing home? Why is it so important to visit the nursing home in person? How can you be sure you're choosing the right nursing home? Where can you learn more about choosing the right nursing home?Return to topic:Writing an Advance Directive

  8. The Legal Issues of Caregiving

    Being a caregiver also involves making legal preparations for your loved one. Learn how.

  9. Questions to Ask About Your Medicines - Topic Overview

    It's important to know as much as possible about the medicines you're taking. Here are some examples of questions you might ask your doctor or pharmacist: What can you tell me about this medicine? How will I know that this medicine is working? How long will it take before I notice anything? Will I need any tests while I'm on this medicine? Is an older or less expensive generic version available? ...

  10. Patient Assistance Programs for Prescription Drugs

    If you cannot afford the prescription medications you need, you may be eligible for patient assistance programs offered by drug makers or state governments.

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