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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Decline in Stroke Incidence for Senior Medicare Beneficiaries
Healthy Habits May Slow Cellular Signs of Aging, Study Finds
Chronic Medical Conditions Can Shorten Seniors' Lives: Study
Distractions Seem More Troublesome With Age
Routine Errands a Risky Time for Falls by Seniors
Stroke Rates Declining Among Seniors, Study Shows
A Healthy Lifestyle May Deflect Dementia
High Blood Pressure May Protect the Very Old From Dementia
Widowhood May Delay Dementia in Some Seniors, Study Finds
Can Games, Puzzles Keep Aging Minds Sharp?
Older Adults Can Safely Donate a Kidney, Study Finds
Mammography Costs Soar for Seniors, But Detection Rates the Same: Study
Nursing Home Care May Be Out of Reach for Many Aging 'Boomers': Study
Over Half of Seniors Plagued by Incontinence: CDC
Lifetime of Learning Might Thwart Dementia, Study Suggests
Soccer Scores a Goal for Senior Fitness
Good Heart Health May Keep Your Mind Sharp, Too
Medication Safety Essential For Seniors
Blood Pressure History May Affect Brain Function in Old Age
Antibiotic Lowers Death Risk for Elderly Patients With Pneumonia: Study
First-Time Colon Cancer Screening May Be Beneficial for Elderly
Learning Another Language May Help the Aging Brain
Health Tip: Seniors Need Preventive Care
1 in 5 Elderly U.S. Patients Injured by Medical Care
Doctor Shares Tips for Preventing Falls Among Seniors
A Walk a Day Keeps Disability at Bay
Physical Therapy May Not Improve Hip Arthritis, Study Finds
Purposeful Life Might Be a Longer Life
Osteoporosis Drugs' Long-Term Use Needs More Research: FDA
Health Tip: Managing Arthritis-Related Fatigue
Number of U.S. Elderly Will Double By 2050: Report
Sustained Workouts May Help Aging Hearts
One in 12 Older Americans Struggles to Afford Food: Study
When Older Adults Consider Suicide, Depression May Not Be Main Reason
Those With Arthritis Face Higher Risk of Falls: CDC
Too Much or Too Little Sleep Tied to Memory Problems in Older Women
Laughter Therapy Could Combat Memory Loss in Seniors
Internet May Help Seniors Avoid Depression
Vitamin D May Not Lower Seniors' Fall Risk
Seniors Who Suffer Mental Declines May Face Earlier Death: Study
Apathy Might Signal Brain Shrinkage in Old Age: Study
Elderly African-Americans May Have Higher Alzheimer's Burden
Time Spent With Grandkids Might Boost Women's Brain Power
Hearing Loss Might Make Elderly Feel More Isolated
Poor Sleep Tied to Mental Decline in Older Men
Your Mentally Stimulating Job May Help Keep You Sharp in Retirement
Memory Impairment Prevalent in Elderly With Heart Failure
Nearly Three-Quarters of U.S. Seniors Have Living Wills
Intensive Early Childhood Education May Boost Adult Health
Physically Active Youth May Retain Bone Health
 
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