Aging Library

  • Dividing Things, Not Families
    It was 10:45 on a warm summer day. Outside a stately mansion, parked on either side of the front door, were two large moving vans. Inside, the two van drivers and their assistants were becoming ...
  • Depression and Baby Boomers: How Having It All May Be Too Much
    Among the generation that has continually attempted to have it all, many baby boomers are now reluctantly adding a diagnosis of depression to their list of gains. As the leading cause of disability in the ...
  • Taking Medication: Special Concerns in Older Adults
    Have you ever been concerned about relapse after missing a few doses of antibiotic pills? Do medications tie knots in your stomach and make eating a chore? Did you ever forget if you’ve already taken ...
  • Medications for Seniors
    Persons over the age of 65 make up over 13 percent of the population of the United States, but they receive more than 30 percent of prescriptions filled. The elderly generally have more medical problems, ...
  • Keeping Your Mind While Your Aging Parents Lose Theirs
    Doing Your Best for Mom or Dad in the Final Years It’s happening in large numbers. We aren’t alone. We’re having to take care of our aging parents. More people are living longer. Unfortunately that doesn’t ...
  • Understanding Memory Loss
    After reading this article, you will understand the difference between mild forgetfulness and more serious memory problems; the medical causes of memory problems and how they can be treated; and how to cope with serious ...
  • A Caregiver’s Guide to Alzheimer’s
    Caring for a person with Alzheimer's disease (AD) at home is a difficult task and can become overwhelming at times. Each day brings new challenges as the caregiver copes with changing levels of ability and ...
  • Areas of Research into Alzheimer’s Disease
    The National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is the lead Federal agency for Alzheimer's Disease (AD) research. NIA-supported scientists are testing a number of drugs to see if ...
  • Medical and Surgical Treatment for Parkinson Disease
    Levodopa is converted to dopamine in the brain. It is effective in managing the initial symptoms of Parkinson disease, however over time the effectiveness is reduced and this results in motor fluctuations. Motor fluctuations are ...
  • Diagnosis and Treatment for Newly Diagnosed Parkinson Disease
    If your doctor thinks you may have Parkinson disease, this information sheet will help you talk with him or her about how Parkinson disease is diagnosed and how it will progress. Neurologists from the American Academy ...
  • Screening and Treatment for Depression, Dementia and Psychosis in Parkinson Disease
    Depression, dementia, and psychosis are common in people with Parkinson disease. These conditions can affect how people with Parkinson disease cope and also have an effect on the quality of life for both patients and ...
  • Facts About Aging
    The overall difference in life expectancy at birth in the United States is about 7 years (i.e.72 for men vs. 79 for women); and at every age women, on average, can expect to live longer ...
  • Frequently Asked Questions about Aging
    Q. Is it true that people's mental abilities inevitably decline as they get older? A. For many years, researchers believed that mental functioning declined with age, slowly at first, then more rapidly in old age as ...
  • Depression and the Elderly
    As we age, deteriorating health and the loss of life partners and independence can significantly impact our emotional well being. It may be too embarrassing to admit feeling depressed, even when directly asked, to children, ...

 

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