Aging & Geriatrics
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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.

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No Mental Benefits Seen for Elderly Who Stop Blood Pressure Meds
Nine Modifiable Factors May Be Key in Reducing Alzheimer's Risk
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'Low T' Therapy Has Yet to Be Proven: FDA
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CDC Determines Prevalence of Osteoporosis in Older Adults
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Reduced Executive Function May Mean Higher CVD Risk
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Many Older Americans Feel Prepared for Aging
Regular, Moderate Coffee Drinking Tied to Better Brain Health in Seniors
Just 1 in 3 Seniors With Diabetes Has Disease Under Control
ASCO Calls for Cancer Trials to Include More Seniors
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
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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
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