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

    2. Preventing Falls in Older Adults Who Take High-Risk Medicines - 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. Care at the End of Life - 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 ...

    4. Healthy Aging - Health Tools

      Health Tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Actionsets are designed to help people take an active role in managing a health condition. Vision Problems: Living With Poor Eyesight

    5. 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 ...

    6. Healthy Aging - Sexually Transmitted Infections

      Sexually transmitted diseases, also known as STDs or venereal diseases, are infections passed from person to person through sexual intercourse, genital contact, or contact with semen, vaginal fluids, or blood.

    7. Care at the End of Life - 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

    8. Care at the End of Life - 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

    9. 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,...

    10. 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

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