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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Fit Body at 40 May Keep Brain Bright at 60
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Early Hospital Release May Hurt Broken-Hip Patients
Study Ties Shingles Virus to Dangerous Blood Vessel Disease in Elderly
Light Activity a Boost to Seniors' Hearts
Health Tip: Exercising as a Senior
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Chronic Illness, Loneliness May Go Hand-in-Hand for Some Elderly
'Mindfulness' May Help Ease Sleep Problems for Seniors
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Osteoporosis-Treated Adults Have Elevated Risk of Mortality
Flu Sending Record Numbers of Elderly to the Hospital: CDC
Number of Hip Replacements Has Skyrocketed, U.S. Report Shows
ICDs May Provide Little Benefit When Implanted Over Age 70
Just Half of Nursing Home Staff Getting Flu Vaccine
Seniors Need 2 Pneumonia Vaccines, CDC Advisory Panel Says
Many Americans Face Pain, Depression in Their Final Year
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