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50+: Live Better, Longer

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  1. Top 10 Preventive Care Tips at 50+

    WebMD details the 10 most important screenings, exams, and vaccinations you need in your 50s and up, to stay healthy and on the move.

  2. Tips for Long-Distance Caregiving

    Caregiving can bring challenges, especially when you live far away from an elderly loved one. These tips can help long-distance caregivers.

  3. What Caregivers Need to Know About Assisted Living

    If you're a caregiver helping a loved one find an assisted living facility, here are some things you should know before starting your search.

  4. 7 Tips for New Caregivers

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  5. Healthy Aging - 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

  6. Healthy Aging - Topic Overview

    Having good nutrition is important at any age. But it is especially important for older adults. Eating a healthy diet can help keep your body strong and can help lower your risk for disease. But as you get older,it can be harder to eat in healthy ways. If you have health problems or can't be active,you may not feel as hungry as you used to. You may not plan and make meals as often. The ...

  7. Healthy Aging - 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. Walking for wellness ...

  8. 50+ Guide - Sexual Vitality

    Because sexuality tends to be a private matter, it's likely that you've heard less about sexual change than any other element of aging. Fortunately, the news is good-for most healthy adults, pleasure and interest don't diminish with age. Most people are sexual throughout their lives, with or without a partner, and some feel greater sexual freedom in their later years. On the other hand, some men .

  9. Healthy Aging - Topic Overview

    During a hospital stay, you may have a higher-than-normal risk of falling. You might get medicines that make you dizzy and more likely to fall. You may get weak and confused because of illness, surgery, or treatments, and you may have a hard time getting out of bed. And things like crutches, bandages, or being connected to intravenous tubing can affect how well you can walk.If you and your family know that you have a risk of falling, you can plan ahead. Talk to doctors and nurses about helping you avoid falls. Ask your doctor if working with a physical or occupational therapist would help you prevent a fall. Don't be afraid to ask for help, even with minor things. If you or a family member or friend sees a safety hazard, make sure to point it out to the hospital staff.How can you help prevent a fall?When you go to the hospital, bring nonskid socks, slippers, or shoes that stay securely on your feet. If you don't have these, ask the nurse for a pair of nonskid socks. If you use a

  10. Healthy Aging - 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 ...

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