Preventing Falls in Older Adults - Health Tools
Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role in managing a health condition. Vision Problems: Living With Poor Eyesight
Healthy Aging - Normal Aging
As your body ages, you can expect it to undergo gradual changes, at its own pace. How your body ages depends in part on your family (genetic) patterns of aging. However, your lifestyle choices have a more powerful impact on how well your body ages. Fortunately, you can control your lifestyle choices. The following are normal signs of aging. Some of these changes may apply to you; others may not. .
Aging Well: Making Your Home Fall-Proof
Getting around your home safely can be a challenge if you have injuries or health problems that make it easy for you to fall. Many health problems can increase your risk of falling-poor eyesight,balance problems caused by disease like stroke or Parkinson’s disease,side effects of medicines,weakness or pain in the legs and feet,and confusion or dementia. For people with these conditions,...
50+ Guide - Prevention
You can prevent some types of hearing loss.Noise - related hearing lossBeing exposed to loud noise over and over is one of the most common causes of permanent hearing loss. It usually develops slowly and without pain or other symptoms, and you may not notice that you have hearing loss until it is severe. Steps you can take to lower your risk of noise - induced hearing loss include the following: B
Healthy Aging - Getting the Nutrition You Need
As you get older, good nutrition plays an increasingly important role in how well you age. Eating a low - salt, low - fat diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, and fiber can actually reduce your age - related risks of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, osteoporosis, and other chronic diseases. By eating a wide variety of foods, you can pretty easily get what your body needs, including:Protein, whi
Preventing Falls in Older Adults - Topic Overview
Injuries from falls may be more likely among older adults and in people who have had a stroke or have multiple sclerosis or osteoporosis. The following tips can help you avoid falls.Take care of yourselfIf you are very weak or dizzy, have someone help you get out of bed, walk, and bathe.Exercise regularly to improve your strength, muscle tone, and sense of balance.Call your health professional ...
Sexuality and Physical Changes With Aging - Other Aspects of Sexuality
Sexuality goes far beyond the physical act itself. It is part of who we are. It involves our needs for touch, affection, and intimacy.TouchTouch is a wonderful and needed sensation. Babies who are not touched do not thrive. Children who are not touched develop emotional problems. Touch is important to older adults as well. Touch helps us feel connected with others and can enhance our ...
50+ Guide - Empty Nest: Launching Adult Children
The stage of launching adult children begins when your first child leaves home and ends with the "empty nest." When older children leave home, there are both positive and negative consequences. If your family has developed significant skills through the family life cycle, your children will be ready to leave home, ready to handle life's challenges. Free from the everyday demands of parenting, you
50+ Guide - Emotional and Mental Vitality
Emotional and mental vitality are closely tied to physical vitality-just as your mind has powerful effects on your body, so your physical state affects how you feel and think. Social contact can also make a big difference in how you feel. Physical activity. Protect or improve your emotional and cognitive health with regular physical activity. While exercise produces chemicals in the body that ...
Long-Term Care Choices - Topic Overview
What is long-term care?As you or a family member ages, you may have concerns about how to manage health problems. Most people would like to stay in their homes and have family members help them out. But this isn't always possible. You or a loved one may not have training to provide some types of care. Or a family member may have financial or family concerns that make caring for someone else hard. Or it could be distance—family members may live far apart.This is where long-term care can help. It can provide a safe and structured environment for you or your loved one.Long-term care:Provides a range of services and supports.Can provide medical or nonmedical help.Meets personal needs, such as dressing, bathing, grooming, and help using the bathroom. Can help with everyday tasks, such as housework, making meals, and shopping.Can be at home, in the community, or in a residence (such as a skilled nursing facility).Why might you consider long-term care?People may consider long-term care