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    1. 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.

    2. 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 ...

    3. Care at the End of Life - Staying Sexual

      Just as exercise is the key to maintaining fitness, having sex on a regular basis is the best way to maintain sexual capacity.And just as it's never too late start an exercise program, it's never too late to start having sex. Many older people who have been celibate for years develop satisfying sexual practices within new loving relationships. For others, self - stimulation (masturbation) is commo

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

    5. 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.

    6. Starting Your Role As Caregiver

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

    7. 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.

    8. 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.

    9. 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

    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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