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
Sexuality and Physical Changes With Aging - Cultural and Psychological Factors
In addition to physical changes, there are cultural and psychological factors that affect sexuality in later years. For example, in our culture, sexuality is equated with youthful looks and vigor. Too many people seem to think that as a person ages, he or she becomes less desirable and less of a sexual being. Older adults may accept this stereotype and buy into the notion that they are not ...
Sleep and Aging
Half of all adults over the age of 65 experience sleep problems. WebMD looks at how aging can affect sleep patterns.
Physical Activity as You Get Older - Topic Overview
It's never too late to start getting active. Being fit is important for everyone. You can benefit from physical activity even if you think of yourself as elderly or you already have conditions such as arthritis or heart disease. Being more active will help you feel better and may even help you live longer.If you haven't been active for a long time, you may have no idea where to start. The important thing is to take that first step—and make that first step a small one.Be smart about exerciseTalk to your doctor before you start a fitness program, especially if you are older or worried about how exercise might affect your health. You may have health problems that limit what you can do.Don't overdo it! If it hurts, stop. Some minor soreness or stiffness is to be expected at first, but pain is a warning sign to stop.If you have been inactive for years, start with about 5 to 10 minutes of activity at a time, and increase your time as you get more comfortable with the
Caring for Parents, Keeping Them Healthy
WebMD offers tips for taking care of your aging parents -- from helping with doctor visits to helping them eat well.
Getting Help from Other Caregivers
New to caregiving? You'll likely need assistance of a geriatric care manager and access to the many resources available to you in your community. WebMD tells you what you need to know.
Helping Older Adults Manage the Outside World
WebMD offers useful tips to help you help your aging parent or grandparent navigate the outside world - whether it's driving a car, visiting a museum, or traveling by air.
Starting Your Role As Caregiver
Are you becoming a caregiver for a parent or grandparent? This guide from WebMD can help you get started.
Answers to 10 Questions About Healthy Aging
WebMD provides the answers to 10 popular questions about aging.
What You Need to Know About Assisted Living
Assisted living is a type of housing designed for people who need various levels of medical and personal care. WebMD offers questions to ask when you are considering a facility.