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    1. 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 ...

    2. 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

    3. 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 ...

    4. 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 ...

    5. Healthy Aging - Topic Overview

      What is healthy aging?Aging is a normal process of physical change over time-you can age passively without giving it much thought, or actively, making conscious, healthy choices and taking good care of your body and mind. It's never too early or too late to take the path of healthy aging. If you are feeling well and vital, good self - care helps slow or prevent many age - related problems. If you

    6. Healthy Aging - 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 ...

    7. 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

    8. 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

    9. 50+ Guide - Retirement or Senior Stage of Life

      During the retirement phase of the family life cycle, many changes occur in your life. Welcoming new family members or seeing others leave your family is often a large part of this stage as your children marry or divorce or you become a grandparent. This stage can be a great adventure where you are free from the responsibilities of raising your children and can simply enjoy the fruits of your ...

    10. 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.

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