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  1. Hyperthyroidism: Age-Related Symptoms - Topic Overview

    Symptoms of hyperthyroidism may be different depending on your age. Young adults are likely to: Have an irregular heartbeat. Feel nervous. Have problems sleeping. Have soft stools and more stools than usual. Feel uncomfortable in warm temperatures and sweat more than normal. Lose weight while eating the same amount of food as normal. It can be harder to diagnose hyperthyroidism in older ...

  2. 50+ Guide - Common Physical Changes in Men

    A man's sexual response begins to slow down after age 50. However, a man's sexual drive is more likely to be affected by his health and his attitude about sex and intimacy than by his age.It may take longer to get an erection, and more time needs to pass between erections.Erections will be less firm. However, a man who has good blood flow to his penis will be able to have erections that are firm .

  3. 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 ...

  4. Sexuality and Physical Changes With Aging - Staying Sexual

    Just as exercise is the key to maintaining fitness, having sex on a regular basis is the best way to maintain sexual capacity.And just as it's never too late start an exercise program, it's never too late to start having sex. Many older people who have been celibate for years develop satisfying sexual practices within new loving relationships. For others, self - stimulation (masturbation) is commo

  5. 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

  6. Preventing Falls in the Hospital - 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

  7. Coping With Changing Sleep Patterns as You Get Older - Topic Overview

    Sleep patterns naturally change as you get older. Compared to younger people,older adults: Sleep fewer hours and take longer to fall asleep. Sleep less deeply and wake up more often during the night. Have more trouble adjusting to changes in sleeping conditions,such as a different bed. Have changes in their sleep cycle. Older adults spend less time in the most restful stages of sleep. ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. 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

  10. Healthy Aging - Getting the Medical Care You Need

    Medical prevention, regular checkups, and prompt treatment play a key role in your quality of life as you age. Prevention Whereas your grandparents' generation had few protections from life - threatening conditions, you now have the advantage of immunizations and regular screenings. To maximize your odds of living a longer, higher - quality life, make sure you get all screenings and immunizations

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