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    1. 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? ...

    2. 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 ...

    3. 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 ...

    4. 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 ...

    5. Grief: Helping Older Adults With Grief

      Key pointsOlder adults often have many major losses within a short period of time. For example, older adults who lose their spouses may suffer many losses, including financial security, their best friend, and their social contacts.The natural aging process brings many losses, such as loss of beauty and physical strength.Older adults may seem to overreact to a minor loss. What is considered a ...

    6. 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

    7. 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 ...

    8. Choosing Long-Term Care

      Here's an article about how to find a long-term care provider -- from community services like transportation for the elderly to full-time nursing home care.

    9. Questions & Answers: Dying At Home

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

    10. 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.

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