Prevention, Self-Care, and Safety

    Fall Prevention


    Home and Personal Safety


    Preventive Care

      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.

      Overview of Sleep Problems
      There are many types of sleep disorders. They can interfere with health and quality of life. Sleep problems can range from insomnia to snoring.


    Well-Being

      Depression

        Can Optimism Make a Difference in Your Life?
        A growing number of scientific studies indicate that optimistic people tend to live longer and have better physical and mental health than pessimistic people.

        Depression Not a Normal Part of Aging
        In general, only about 3% of the elderly living independently in the community will experience depression. That figure increases to around 20% to 30% of people in nursing homes or with chronic illnesses like emphysema, heart disease or diabetes.

        Major Depression
        Depression is a serious mood disorder. It touches every part of your life and is caused by a chemical imbalance in your brain. Treatment involves medicine and counseling.

      Divorce in Later Years
      Getting a divorce is almost always painful and stressful, no matter how old or young you are. But if your marriage falls apart later in life, you may face some financial and emotional setbacks that are more difficult to recover from than when you were younger.

      Older Adults: Preventing Falls
      Every year, millions of adults fall, leading to injuries and emergency room visits. Many of these falls and injuries can be prevented.

      Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD
      Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, is type of depression. It happens during certain seasons of the year—most often fall or winter. It is thought that shorter days and less daylight may trigger a chemical change in the brain leading to symptoms of depression. Light therapy and antidepressants can help treat SAD.


    Working with Your Health Care Team

      Choosing a Hospital
      You don't have time to choose a hospital if you have a health emergency. But if you’re facing surgery or treatment for a particular health condition, taking time to find a hospital that meets your needs is well worth the effort.

      Maintaining Your Personal Health Record
      A PHR can help reduce or eliminate duplicate tests and allow you to receive faster, safer treatment and care in an emergency. It also can help you play a more active role in your health care.