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    50+: Live Better, Longer

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    1. 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

    2. 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

    3. Healthy Aging - 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

    4. Healthy Aging - Normal Aging

      As your body ages, you can expect it to undergo gradual changes, at its own pace. How your body ages depends in part on your family (genetic) patterns of aging. However, your lifestyle choices have a more powerful impact on how well your body ages. Fortunately, you can control your lifestyle choices. The following are normal signs of aging. Some of these changes may apply to you; others may not. .

    5. 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

    6. Healthy Aging - Common Physical Changes in Women

      Most physical changes take place after menopause and are the result of decreased estrogen levels. These changes can be altered if a woman is taking hormone therapy.It may take longer for a woman to become sexually excited.A woman's skin may feel more sensitive and irritable, making caressing and skin - to - skin contact less pleasurable.The walls of the vagina become thinner and drier and are more

    7. Healthy Aging - Physical Vitality

      Physical activity builds physical vitality. With every year of your life, you have more to gain from being physically active; as your age - related risks of chronic disease increase, regular exercise generally slows or reverses that trend.1 In fact, you're even more likely to notice the benefits of regular exercise if you already have a chronic condition, such as depression, coronary artery ...

    8. Aging Well: Making Your Home Fall-Proof

      Getting around your home safely can be a challenge if you have injuries or health problems that make it easy for you to fall. Many health problems can increase your risk of falling-poor eyesight,balance problems caused by disease like stroke or Parkinson’s disease,side effects of medicines,weakness or pain in the legs and feet,and confusion or dementia. For people with these conditions,...

    9. Physical Activity as You Get Older - 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 - 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. ...

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