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Everyone ages differently. What do you need to feel your best? Whether you're looking to add more activity to your day or to get the right information to make an important health decision, this is a good place to start. You'll find the information, tools, and videos important to your health or to the health of someone you care for.

Get help making decisions or find how-to tips in topics such as:

  • Healthy Aging.
  • Hearing Loss.
  • Osteoarthritis.
  • Sexuality and Physical Changes With Aging.
  • Fitness: Walking for Wellness.
  • Advance Directive: What to Include.
Health Topics
  • Absorbent Products for Urinary Incontinence
  • Abuse in Vulnerable Adults
  • Abuse: Signs of Abuse-Related Injuries
  • Adult Immunization Schedule
  • Advance Directive: What to Include
  • Age-Related Hearing Loss
  • Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Agitation and Dementia
  • Alzheimer's and Other Dementias: Coping With Sundowning
  • Alzheimer's and Other Dementias: Maintaining Good Nutrition
  • Alzheimer's and Other Dementias: Making the Most of Remaining Abilities
  • Alzheimer's Disease
  • Apolipoprotein E-4 Genetic (DNA) Test
  • Artificial Sphincter for Urinary Incontinence in Men
  • Assistive Devices and Orthotics
  • Asthma in Older Adults: Managing Treatment
  • Automated Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring
  • Babies and Older Adults Have an Increased Risk of Cold Injury
  • Behavioral Methods for Urinary Incontinence
  • Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)
  • Bev's Story: Coping With Arthritis
  • Capsaicin for Osteoarthritis
  • Care at the End of Life
  • Caregiver Support: Talking About Advance Care Planning
  • Caregiving: Adult Underwear for Incontinence
  • Caregiving: Making a Home Safe
  • Caregiving: Preventing Rashes in the Groin Area
  • Caregiving: Skin Care for Immobile Adults
  • Cataracts
  • Cataracts: Eye Care After Surgery
  • Cataracts: Questions About Surgery
  • Catheters for Urinary Incontinence in Men
  • Checklist for Evaluating Hospice Programs
  • Checklist for Preventing Falls at Home
  • Choosing a Health Care Agent
  • Choosing a Nursing Home
  • Chronic Pain
  • Chronic Pain Syndrome
  • Comparing Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis
  • Complications of Osteoarthritis
  • Confusion, Memory Loss, and Altered Alertness
  • Constipation, Age 12 and Older
  • COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
  • Coping With Changing Sleep Patterns as You Get Older
  • Coping With Osteoarthritis
  • Dementia
  • Dementia: Assessing Pain
  • Dementia: Bladder and Bowel Problems
  • Dementia: Helping a Person Avoid Confusion
  • Dementia: Legal Issues
  • Dementia: Medicines to Treat Behavior Changes
  • Dementia: Support for Caregivers
  • Dementia: Testing How Well a Person Functions
  • Dementia: Tips for Communicating
  • Dementia: Understanding Behavior Changes
  • Dental Care for Older Adults
  • Depression in Older Adults
  • Diabetes: Caregiving for an Older Adult
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Domestic Violence
  • Domestic Violence: Checklist of Things to Take When You Leave
  • Domestic Violence: Getting a Protective Order
  • Drooping Eyelids
  • Dupuytren's Disease
  • Elder Abuse
  • Eldercare Mediation
  • Electrical Stimulation for Urinary Incontinence
  • Exercising to Prevent a Stroke
  • Exercising While Sitting Down
  • Family Life Cycle Theory
  • Fitness: Getting and Staying Active
  • Frailty in Older Adults
  • Functional Incontinence
  • Funeral Planning
  • Glaucoma
  • Healthy Aging
  • Healthy Eating and Older Adults
  • Healthy Habits to Prevent Osteoporosis
  • Hearing Aids
  • Hearing Loss
  • Hip Fracture
  • Hip Fractures: What Increases Your Risk
  • Hip Injuries, Age 12 and Older
  • Hip Problems, Age 12 and Older
  • Hospice Care
  • How Palliative Care Can Help With Goals and Dreams
  • How Palliative Care Can Help With Spiritual Concerns
  • How to Get Rid of Medicines
  • How to Get Up Safely After a Fall
  • How You Can Help Older Adults Stay Connected
  • Immunization Schedules
  • Importance of Immunizations
  • Joint Replacement: Realistic Expectations
  • Kegel Exercises
  • Knee Replacement Surgery
  • Laser Photocoagulation for Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Live Zoster (Shingles) Vaccine: What You Need to Know
  • Living Will
  • Long-Term Care Choices
  • Low Bone Density
  • Low-Vision Accommodations in Your Home
  • Male Osteoporosis
  • Medical History and Physical Exam for Dementia or Alzheimer's Disease
  • Medicare Hospice Benefit
  • Medicare: What You Need to Know
  • Medicines for Bone Loss
  • Medicines That Cause Hearing Loss
  • Memory Problems: Issues With Driving
  • Memory Problems: Tips for Helping the Person With Daily Tasks
  • Memory Problems: Wandering
  • Meningitis
  • Meningococcal ACWY Vaccine: What You Need to Know
  • Mild Cognitive Impairment and Dementia
  • Mobility Problems: Getting In and Out of a Car Safely
  • Modifying Activities for Osteoarthritis
  • Needle Aponeurotomy for Dupuytren's Disease
  • Object Stuck in the Throat
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis: Heat and Cold Therapy
  • Osteoporosis
  • Osteoporosis Screening
  • Overactive Bladder
  • Overflow Incontinence
  • Pain Control at the End of Life
  • Palliative Care
  • Palliative Care for Pain and Treatment Side Effects
  • Parkinson-Plus Syndromes
  • Personal Stories About Choosing Birth Control Methods
  • Photodynamic Therapy for Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  • Physical Activity as You Get Older
  • Physical and Emotional Changes as Death Approaches
  • Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine: What You Need to Know
  • Polymyalgia Rheumatica
  • Presbyopia
  • Preventing Falls in Older Adults
  • Preventing Falls in Older Adults Who Take High-Risk Medicines
  • Prostate Cancer, Advanced or Metastatic
  • Recombinant Zoster (Shingles) Vaccine: What You Need to Know
  • Retropubic Suspension Surgery
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis: Neck Symptoms
  • RSV (Respiratory Syncytial Virus) Vaccine: What You Need to Know
  • Screening for Hearing Problems
  • Sexuality and Physical Changes With Aging
  • Sharing Memories With Older Adults
  • Small Joint Surgery for Osteoarthritis
  • Staying Safe When You Take Several Medicines
  • Steve's Story: Coping With Arthritis
  • Stress Incontinence
  • Stress Incontinence in Men
  • Stroke: Bladder and Bowel Problems
  • Stroke: Memory Tips
  • Substance Use Disorders in Older Adults
  • Surgery for Glaucoma and a Cataract
  • Taste Changes
  • Tension-Free Vaginal Tape for Stress Incontinence in Women
  • The Difference Between Hospice and Palliative Care
  • Total Incontinence
  • Turning Off Your ICD
  • Types of Intimate Partner Violence
  • Urethral Bulking for Urinary Incontinence
  • Urethral Sling Surgery
  • Urge Incontinence
  • Urge Incontinence in Men
  • Urinary Incontinence
  • Urinary Incontinence in Men
  • Urinary Incontinence in Women
  • Urinary Incontinence: Keeping a Daily Record
  • Urinary Problems and Prostate Cancer
  • Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs): Risks for Older Adults
  • Using a Cane
  • Using a Walker
  • Using Low-Vision Aids at Home
  • Vaccine Information Statements
  • Vision Loss Evaluation
  • Warning Signs of Suicide in Older Adults
  • Writing an Advance Directive
Medical Tests
  • Bladder Stress Test in Women
  • Bone Density
  • Urodynamic Tests
Make a Wise Decision
  • Advance Care Planning: Should I Have Artificial Hydration and Nutrition?
  • Advance Care Planning: Should I Receive CPR and Life Support?
  • Advance Care Planning: Should I Stop Kidney Dialysis?
  • Advance Care Planning: Should I Stop Treatment That Prolongs My Life?
  • Alzheimer's Disease: Should I Take Medicines?
  • Arthritis: Should I Have Hip Replacement Surgery?
  • Arthritis: Should I Have Knee Replacement Surgery?
  • Arthritis: Should I Have Shoulder Replacement Surgery?
  • Cataracts: Should I Have Surgery?
  • Healthy Aging: Is It Time to Stop Driving?
  • Hearing Loss: Should I Get Hearing Aids?
  • Osteoporosis: Should I Have a Dual-Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry (DXA) Test?
  • Osteoporosis: Should I Take Bisphosphonate Medicines?
  • Shingles: Should I Get a Vaccine to Prevent Shingles?
  • Stress Incontinence in Women: Should I Have Surgery?
Take Action
  • Aging Well: Making Your Home Fall-Proof
  • Grief: Helping Older Adults With Grief
  • Preventing Falls: Exercises for Strength and Balance

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