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    1. Care at the End of Life - 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 ...

    2. Healthy Aging - 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 ...

    3. 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 ...

    4. 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 .

    5. Healthy Aging - Topic Overview

      Sex and sexuality communicate a great deal: affection, love, esteem, warmth, sharing, and bonding. These gifts are as much the right of older adults as of those who are much younger.Two aspects of sexuality are covered in this topic: the changes that come with aging, and suggestions on how to adjust to these changes.In most healthy adults, pleasure and interest in sex do not diminish with age. ...

    6. 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

    7. Care at the End of Life - 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. 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

    9. Care at the End of Life - 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 ...

    10. Healthy 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 ...

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