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  1. Preventing Falls in Older Adults - 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 ...

  2. Preventing Falls in Older Adults Who Take High-Risk Medicines - 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

  3. 50+ Guide - Prevention

    There is no proven way to prevent cataracts. However, certain lifestyle habits may help slow cataract development. These include:Not smoking.Wearing a hat or sunglasses when you are in the sun and avoiding sunlamps and tanning booths. Wearing a hat with a

  4. Hyperthyroidism: Age-Related Symptoms - 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 ...

  5. Dos and Don'ts of Drug Safety

    The more you know about the medicines you take, the likelier it is that you will use them safely. WebMD gives you tips for taking medication and for properly disposing of it when it has reached its expiration date.

  6. Age-Related Hearing Loss - Topic Overview

    Age-related hearing loss,known as presbycusis,affects most older adults to some degree. The most frequent cause of age-related hearing loss is the natural breakdown of nerve cells in the inner ear. Sound reaches the inner ear,but the breakdown of nerve cells prevents proper hearing. This is known as sensorineural hearing loss. Age-related hearing loss can also be caused by age-related ...

  7. The Facts on Omega-3 Fatty Acids

    What are omega-3 fatty acids? How much do you need? And what do all those abbreviations -- EPA, DHA, and ALA -- mean? Here's a rundown of the omega-3 facts you need to know.

  8. Healthy Eating and Older Adults - 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 ...

  9. 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

  10. 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 ...

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