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Advance Care Planning: Health Care Directives
Advance care planning involves learning about the types of decisions that might need to be made, considering those decisions ahead of time, and then letting others know—both your family and your health care providers—about your preferences. These preferences are often put into an advance directive, a legal document that goes into effect
Brain health National Institute on Aging
See what steps you can take to help care for your brain, including physical and mental health. Do Memory Problems Always Mean Alzheimer's Disease? Learn how to tell the difference between normal age-related memory loss and signs of a more serious problem like mild cognitive impairment or dementia. Sometimes, forgetfulness is caused by a
Heart Health and Aging National Institute on Aging
Look up the definitions of unfamiliar heart health terms in the Heart Health Glossary. The most common aging change is increased stiffness of the large arteries, called arteriosclerosis (ahr-teer-ee-o-skluh-roh-sis), or hardening of the arteries. This causes high blood pressure, or hypertension, which becomes more common as we age.
Osteoporosis National Institute on Aging
Osteoporosis. Osteoporosis weakens bones to the point that they can break easily. It is called a “silent disease” because people who develop it may not notice any changes until a bone breaks — usually a bone in the hip, spine, or wrist. Bones are made of living tissue. To keep them strong, a healthy human body breaks down old bone and
Health and Retirement Study (HRS) National Institute on Aging
The University of Michigan Health and Retirement Study (HRS) is a longitudinal panel study that surveys a representative sample of more than 20,000 Americans over the age of 50 every two years. Supported by the National Institute on Aging (NIA U01AG009740) and the Social Security Administration, the HRS explores the changes in labor force participation and the …
Parkinson’s Disease: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments
Parkinson’s disease is a brain disorder that causes unintended or uncontrollable movements, such as shaking, stiffness, and difficulty with balance and coordination. Symptoms usually begin gradually and worsen over time. As the disease progresses, people may have difficulty walking and talking. They may also have mental and behavioral changes