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    50+: Live Better, Longer

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    1. Care at the End of Life - Topic Overview

      What does high-risk mean?High-risk means that a medicine can cause serious health problems or accidents. High-risk doesn't always mean do not use. It can mean use with care when a medicine is more likely to help you than harm you. If your doctor prescribes a medicine that may make you feel confused, drowsy, or dizzy, pay attention to how it affects your balance and how it makes you feel. Take extra care to prevent a fall. A fall can lead to serious problems that can change your quality of life.How can you prevent falls when you take high-risk medicine?Be prepared for side effects As you age, your body changes. When you take a medicine, you may get a stronger effect now than when you were younger. For example, you may get more dizzy or drowsy. And you may be more likely to have dangerous side effects when you take more than one medicine. For example, taking a pain medicine along with a sleep medicine could cause you to stop breathing.To help avoid serious side effects, talk to your

    2. 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

    3. Age-Related Hearing Loss - Topic Overview

      Age-related hearing loss,known as presbycusis,affects most older adults to some degree. The most frequent cause of age-related hearing loss is the natural breakdown of nerve cells in the inner ear. Sound reaches the inner ear,but the breakdown of nerve cells prevents proper hearing. This is known as sensorineural hearing loss. Age-related hearing loss can also be caused by age-related ...

    4. 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 ...

    5. 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

    6. Healthy Aging - Topic Overview

      What is healthy aging?Aging is a normal process of physical change over time-you can age passively without giving it much thought, or actively, making conscious, healthy choices and taking good care of your body and mind. It's never too early or too late to take the path of healthy aging. If you are feeling well and vital, good self - care helps slow or prevent many age - related problems. If you

    7. 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. Alzheimer's or Other Dementia: Should I Move My Relative Into Long-Term Care?Stroke: Should I Move My Loved One Into Long-Term Care?Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role in managing a health condition. Aging Well: Choosing a Nursing Home

    8. 50+ Guide - 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

    9. Healthy Aging - 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 ...

    10. 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

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