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50+: Live Better, Longer

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  1. 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

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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 .

  4. 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 ...

  5. Age-Related Foot Changes - 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 ...

  6. 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 ...

  7. Preventing Falls in Older Adults Who Take High-Risk Medicines - 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

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