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Prevention, Self-Care, and Safety : Older Adults : Preventative Care


    • Coping with Chronic Pain

      Effective pain treatments are available. You can also take steps yourself to ease ongoing discomfort.

    • For Older Adults: What Screenings Do You Need?

      When should you have your cholesterol checked? Be screened for colorectal cancer? Here's a timeline for screenings and checkups.

    • For Seniors: Don’t Brush Off Dental Care

      Older adults may have dental concerns that can’t be totally taken care of with just brushing and flossing.

    • For Seniors: You Can Beat the Heat

      After age 65, your body can't adjust to changes in air temperature -- especially heat -- as quickly as it did when you were younger. That puts you at risk for heat-related illnesses.

    • How Older Adults Can Prevent Hypothermia

      Age lowers your ability to endure long periods of cold. You're also at risk if your response to cold is impaired by certain illnesses or medications.

    • Older Adults and the Common Cold

      Cold and flu season is hard on everyone, but for older adults who may have chronic health problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, it’s especially challenging.

    • Pneumonia and Influenza

      Flu and pneumonia are respiratory illnesses that should not be taken lightly. In the United States, pneumonia and the flu combined are the sixth leading cause of death. Older adults are at greater risk than younger adults for contracting pneumococcal pneumonia, the most common bacterial form of the disease.

    • Six Symptoms You Should Never Ignore

      Some symptoms may indicate the possibility of a serious condition and should be evaluated immediately by a health care provider.

    • You Can Sleep Better as You Age

      A good night’s sleep is as important to your health as eating a healthy diet and getting regular exercise. As we age, however, it can become more difficult to get deep sleep.