Aging & Geriatrics
Basic Information

Aging & Geriatrics

Great improvements in medicine, public health, science, and technology have enabled today's older Americans to live longer and healthier lives than previous generations. Older adults want to remain healthy and independent at home in their communities. Society wants to minimize the health care and economic costs associated with an increasing older population. The science of aging indicates that chronic disease and disability are not inevitable. As a result, health promotion and disease prevention activities and programs are an increasing priority for older adults, their families, and the health care system.

Many people fail to make the connection between undertaking healthy behaviors today and the impact of these choices later in life. Studies indicate that healthy eating, physical activity, mental stimulation, not smoking, active social engagement, moderate use of alcohol, maintaining a safe environment, social support, and regular health care are important in maintaining health and independence.

Promoting the healthy lifestyles of older people is vital in helping them to maintain health and functional independence and lead healthy and independent lives. Providing information to you about disease prevention and health promotion activities will help us help you and your loved ones become more knowledgeable about the health problems you may face and how you can prevent, delay, or manage them.

The list below contains links to information that we fe...

 
Latest News
Deaths, Hospital Stays and Costs All Down Among U.S. Seniors
Health Tip: Offer Support to Seniors
Earlier Physical Therapy May Help Older Patients With Back Pain
Dementia Risk May Be Dropping With Generations
Healthy Diet May Help Shield the Aging Brain
Well-Off, Active, Over 50? You May Be at Higher Risk for Problem Drinking
Pain Often Hinders Seniors With Dementia
Cancer Trials Need to Include More Seniors: Experts
Loneliness May Fuel Mental Decline in Old Age
As Baby Boomers Age, Alzheimer's Rates Will Soar
Too Much TV, Too Little Exercise When Young May Hasten Mental Decline Later
Vitamin B12 Supplements May Not Help Some Seniors
Nursing Home Care Improving for U.S. Minorities, Study Finds
Structured Exercise Prevents Sleep Issues in Older Adults
Climate Change May Already Be Costing American Lives
Hot Weather Safety Essential for Elderly
Researchers Say Some People Do Age Faster Than Others
Correction of Vitamin B-12 Deficiency No Benefit in Seniors
Some People Do Age Faster Than Others
Calcium Scan Can Predict Premature Death Risk, Study Says
Keeping Fit May Halve Seniors' Heart Failure Risk
A Healthy Body Often Equals a Healthy Brain
Older Adults Often Use Electronic Devices While Driving
Many More Women Than Men Living to 100
Even Light Activity Can Boost Seniors' Health
Even Light Activity Can Boost Seniors' Health
Study Questions Value of Arthroscopic Knee Surgery for Older Patients
Asthma Treatments Fail Older Patients More Often: Study
Fewer BMD Tests May Be Indicated for Some Women
Spinal Cord Injuries Up Among the Elderly in U.S.
Older Americans Need Protein to Keep Muscles Strong, Study Says
Strong Bones After 50? Women May Not Need Next Test Until 65
Diabetes Drug Metformin May Lower Glaucoma Risk
'Moderate'Drinking Might Harm Older People's Hearts: Study
Too Many Women Who Need Bone Screening Aren't Getting It
Diet and Exercise May Not Stave Off Age-Related Muscle Loss
Fish Oil Tied to Better Brain Function in Older Adults
The Plight of America's 'Elder Orphans'
AAFP Urges CMS to Safeguard Continuity of Care for Seniors
Even in Later Life, Exercise Seems to Pay Dividends
Fall-Related Deaths Nearly Doubled for U.S. Seniors Since 2000
Many Aging Boomers Face Chronic Illness, But Death Rate Is Falling: CDC
More Aging Americans Using Canes, Walkers
Health Tip: Preventing Health Problems in Seniors
CRC Screening Among Older Adults Often Inappropriate
Statins Carry Some Risk for Seniors, Study Suggests
Statins Tenuously Cost-Effective for Primary Prevention in Seniors
Some Arthritis Meds Cost Seniors Thousands Annually
Health Tip: Live Healthier to Help Prevent Osteoporosis
Americans Get Too Many Tests Before Cataract Surgery, Study Finds
 
Questions and Answers
 
Links
 
Book Reviews
 
Self-Help Groups
 
Resources
Basic InformationMore InformationLatest NewsQuestions and AnswersLinksBook ReviewsSelf-Help Groups
Related Topics

Depression: Major Depression & Unipolar Varieties
Elder Care
Lifespan Development