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Provides links to how-to information on special health concerns of seniors. Includes healthy aging, sexuality, hearing loss, osteoporosis, and walking for fitness. Also covers writing an advance directive.
Learn ways to help older adults stay socially connected.
Being a health care agent is an important job. Here are tips for thinking about who might be the best person for the job.
Learn how a health crisis motivated others to get active.
Discusses role of health care agent if you can't make healthcare decisions for yourself. Covers medical power of attorney and living will. Includes link to checklist for writing an advance directive.
Even if your family is involved in helping you make medical treatment decisions, it is still important to choose one person to be your health care agent. If you want one family member to be able to make medical treatment decisions for you, appoint...
Picture yourself making physical activity a routine, and practice taking small steps to get started.
Dental care for older people is much the same as for younger adults. But older adults do have concerns that younger adults do not. These may include: Caring for dentures. Having trouble holding a toothbrush. Having gum disease. Having tooth decay on the roots of teeth. Replacing missing teeth and broken fillings...
Learn how advance directives let others know your care preferences when you can't speak for yourself.
Elder abuse refers to any of several forms of maltreatment of an older person by a caregiver, family member, spouse, or friend. Categories of elder abuse The 1987 Amendment to the Older Americans Act identified three separate categories of elder abuse: Domestic elder abuse usually takes place...
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...
It's never too late to start getting active. Being fit is important for everyone. You can benefit from physical activity even if you think of yourself as "elderly" or you already have conditions such as arthritis or heart disease. Being more active will help you feel better and may even help you live longer. If you...