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    50+: Live Better, Longer

    Medical Reference Related to Healthy Seniors

    1. 50+ Guide - Emotional and Mental Vitality

      Emotional and mental vitality are closely tied to physical vitality-just as your mind has powerful effects on your body, so your physical state affects how you feel and think. Social contact can also make a big difference in how you feel. Physical activity. Protect or improve your emotional and cognitive health with regular physical activity. While exercise produces chemicals in the body that ...

    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. Physical Activity as You Get Older - 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 - 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

    5. Advance Directive: What to Include - Topic Overview

      A living will and a medical power of attorney are types of advance directives. These forms describe the kinds of medical care you want to receive if you're badly hurt or have a serious illness that keeps you from saying what you want. A medical power of attorney lets you name a person to be your health care agent. He or she can make decisions for you if you can't speak for yourself. Forms are ...

    6. Helping Older Adults Manage the Outside World

      WebMD offers useful tips to help you help your aging parent or grandparent navigate the outside world - whether it's driving a car, visiting a museum, or traveling by air.

    7. Getting Help from Other Caregivers

      New to caregiving? You'll likely need assistance of a geriatric care manager and access to the many resources available to you in your community. WebMD tells you what you need to know.

    8. Starting Your Role As Caregiver

      Are you becoming a caregiver for a parent or grandparent? This guide from WebMD can help you get started.

    9. Caring for Parents, Keeping Them Healthy

      WebMD offers tips for taking care of your aging parents -- from helping with doctor visits to helping them eat well.

    10. Healthy Aging - Topic Overview

      Hospitals are full of sick people, so they have a lot of germs. And although health care workers do their best to kill germs and protect patients, they can't always prevent infections. Hospital infections can be very serious, especially if you're already weak from whatever illness or problem put you in the hospital in the first place. An infection can add weeks to your hospital stay.So it's important to learn the steps you need to take to keep yourself as healthy as possible during your hospital stay.Wash your handsThis is one of the most important things you can do to prevent infection while you're in the hospital. Make sure to wash your hands:After returning to your room from other parts of the hospital.After shaking hands or otherwise touching visitors or members of your health care team.Before and after you eat.After using the bathroom.After using the phone or the TV remote control in your room or touching anything else in the room, like your window curtains.Anytime you

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