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  1. 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 ...

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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? ...

  5. Questions & Answers: Advance Directives and End of Life Decisions

    WebMD answers more of your questions concerning advance directives, your rights and the rights of your healthcare providers.

  6. Questions & Answers: Dying At Home

    Some basic information on the rights of a patient and their desire to die at home.

  7. Getting Fit For Life

    Here's why it's important to get physical activity at any age.

  8. Forgetfulness: It's Not Always What You Think

    Lots of people experience memory lapses. Some memory problems are serious, and others are not.

  9. Sex and Aging

    People seem to want and need to be close to others. As we grow older, many of us also want to continue an active, satisfying sex life. But the aging process may cause some changes.

  10. Health Quackery: Spotting Health Scams

    When it comes to health care, there is still plenty of truth to the old saying, "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!"

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