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    50+: Live Better, Longer

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    1. 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. .

    2. 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 ...

    3. Healthy Aging - 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 ...

    4. 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. ...

    5. 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 .

    6. Aging Well: Choosing a Nursing Home

      Finding the right nursing home can help you or your loved one feel safe and cared for. A good first step to choosing a nursing home is to make a list of homes you might be interested in. Talk to family, friends, doctors, and others to get recommendations of good nursing homes. If you can, it's good to plan ahead so you have time to learn all you can about the nursing homes you're interested in. If you need to make a decision quickly, try to visit the nursing homes on your list at least once before you choose. Make sure you understand the cost and payment options for each nursing home. What do you need to know about choosing a nursing home? Why is it so important to visit the nursing home in person? How can you be sure you're choosing the right nursing home? Where can you learn more about choosing the right nursing home?Return to topic:Writing an Advance Directive

    7. 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

    8. 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. ...

    9. Healthy 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 ...

    10. Healthy Aging - Topic Overview

      Dorothy was in her late 80s and had been losing her balance a lot. Her son thought it was time for her to move into a nursing home. Her daughter wanted her to go into an assisted-living facility. Dorothy just wanted to stay in her own home. The three of them argued for months about this. In the meantime, Dorothy fell twice. She escaped serious injury, but the falls just made them all argue more. Then a friend told Dorothy about eldercare mediators. Dorothy immediately made an appointment with a local mediator. After a few meetings, the mediator helped Dorothy and her children agree to hire a handyman to make Dorothy's house safe from fall hazards. They also made plans to hire a nurse to check in on Dorothy twice a day. The family will meet again in 3 months to see if they need to change Dorothy's care plan.What is eldercare mediation?Eldercare mediation is the process of working with someone to help families deal with the legal, health, and emotional issues that come with aging.

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