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Aging and Health Index

Chapter 1: IMPORTANT CONSIDERATIONS
- Individual Variability
- Having Multiple Illnesses
- Exposure to Many Medications
- Reporting Your Illness
- Your Doctor's Response
- The Importance of Function

Chapter 2: HOW OUR BODY AGES
- What Is Aging?
- How Long Can We Realistically Expect to Live?
- The Influence of Genetics on Aging
- Environmental Factors That Modify Aging
- Aging of Cells
- Theories of Aging
- Body Changes with Aging
- Aging and Body Defenses
- Physical Activity and Aging
- The Anatomy of Aging
- Changes in Body Systems

Chapter 3: HOW OUR MIND CHANGES WITH AGING
- Changes in Learning and Memory as We Age

Chapter 4: PREVENTIVE CARE
- What Aspects of Aging Can We Influence?
- Primary Prevention
- Secondary Prevention
- Tertiary Prevention

Chapter 5: CHOOSING A DOCTOR
- What to Look for in a Doctor
- How to Look for a Doctor
- Giving a New Doctor a Checkup
- Getting the Most from Your Doctor Visit

Chapter 6: GOING INTO THE HOSPITAL

Chapter 7: UNDERGOING SURGERY
- Aging and Surgical Risk
- Determining Your Risk of Surgery
- Complications Following Surgery

Chapter 8: PRINCIPLES OF REHABILITATION
- Assistive Devices
- Other Rehabilitation Techniques
- Who Benefits from Rehabilitation?
- Settings for Rehabilitation Programs
- Rehabilitation of Walking Problems
- Transferring from One Place to Another
- Stroke Rehabilitation
- Hip Fracture Rehabilitation
- Rehabilitation if You Need an Amputation
- Common Medical Problems During Rehabilitation

Chapter 9: TAKING MEDICATIONS
- Pharmacokinetics
- Changes in Pharmacodynamics with Aging
- Adverse Drug Effects
- Aging Changes That Modify Drug Effects
- Drug and Disease Interactions

Chapter 10: LONG-TERM CARE
- Institutional and Home Care

Chapter 11: ETHICAL ISSUES AND CONCERNS
- Respecting Your Choices
- Surrogate Decision Making
- Acting in Your Best Interests
- Preventing Harm
- Life-Sustaining Treatments
- Do-Not-Resuscitate Orders
- Withdrawing Treatment
- Tube Feedings
- Active Euthanasia
- Assisted Suicide

Chapter 12: FINANCING HEALTH CARE
- Medicare
- Medicaid
- Private Insurance Policies

Chapter 13: MEMORY AND THINKING: DEMENTIA, DELIRIUM, AND AMNESIA
- Overview
- Classifying Dementia
- Dementia Management
- Delirium (Sudden Confusion)
- Amnesia

Chapter 14: NEUROLOGIC DISORDERS
- Overview
- Symptoms Dizziness
- Fainting (Syncope)
- Seizures
- Tremors
- Speaking Difficulty (Aphasia)
- Conditions Huntington's Disease
- Parkinson's Disease
- Stroke
- Meningitis

Chapter 15: PSYCHOLOGIC CONCERNS
- Overview
- Anxiety
- Depression
- Alcohol Abuse
- Drug Dependency

Chapter 16: SKIN CONDITIONS
- Overview
- Symptoms Skin Dryness
- Skin Discoloration in Body Folds (Intertrigo)
- Skin Growths
- Itching
- Conditions Allergic Skin Rash (Contact Dermatitis)
- Fungal Skin Infections
- Infestations
- Pressure Ulcers
- Psoriasis
- Shingles
- Skin Cancers
- Skin Changes Due to Poor Circulation (Stasis Dermatitis)
- Skin Infections

Chapter 17: JOINTS, MUSCLES, AND BONES
- Overview
- Causes of Joint, Muscle, and Bone Problems
- Symptoms Neck Pain
- Shoulder Pain
- Back Pain
- Hip Problems
- Knee Problems
- Foot Problems
- Pseudogout
- Osteoarthritis
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Osteoporosis and Osteomalacia
- Paget's Disease of Bone
- Bone Fractures

Chapter 18: HEAD, NECK, AND SENSORY CONCERNS
- Overview
- Symptoms Hearing Difficulty
- Vision Problems
- Dry Mouth
- Difficulty Chewing
- Oral and Dental Problems
- Conditions Thyroid Disease

Chapter 19: HEART AND CIRCULATION CONDITIONS
- Overview
- Symptoms Chest Pain
- Swollen Ankles
- Conditions High Blood Pressure
- Coronary Artery Disease
- Diseases of the Heart Valves
- Congestive Heart Failure
- Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
- Poor Circulation
- Varicose Veins and Other Venous Disorders

Chapter 20: BLOOD DISORDERS
- Overview
- Anemia
- Bleeding and Clotting Disorders
- Blood Poisoning
- Leukemia
- Lymphoma
- Multiple Myeloma
- Reduced White Blood Cells

Chapter 21: LUNG AND BREATHING PROBLEMS
- Overview
- Symptoms Cough
- Wheezing and Breathing Difficulty
- Conditions Chronic Lung Disease
- Aspiration
- Lung Cancer
- Pneumonia
- Tuberculosis

Chapter 22: DIGESTIVE DISORDERS
- Overview
- Symptoms Abdominal Pain
- Loss of Appetite
- Swallowing Difficulties
- Heartburn
- Constipation
- Diarrhea
- Excess Gas
- Conditions Gastrointestinal Bleeding
- Loss of Bowel Control
- Peptic Ulcer Disease
- Gallbladder Disease
- Diverticulitis
- Appendicitis
- Colon and Rectal Cancers
- Hemorrhoids and Other Rectal Problems

Chapter 23: NUTRITION CONCERNS
- Nutritional Requirements
- Malnutrition
- Loss of Weight
- Obesity

Chapter 24: BLADDER, URINARY, AND KIDNEY CONDITIONS
- Overview
- Symptoms Blood In The Urine (Hematuria)
- Loss of Bladder Control (Urinary Incontinence)
- Conditions Urinary Tract Infection
- Bladder Cancer
- Kidney Problems Caused by Blood Vessel Disease
- Problems with the Kidneys' Filtering Apparatus (Glomerulonephritis)
- Sudden Kidney Failure

Chapter 25: SEXUALITY AND SEXUAL CONCERNS
- Overview
- Sexuality in Relation to Coexisting Illness
- Counseling
- Female Sexuality And Women's Health Concerns
- Gynecologic Disorders
- Vaginal Bleeding
- Breast Cancer
- Cervical Cancer
- Uterine or Endometrial Cancer
- Ovarian Cancer
- Male Sexuality And Male Genital Disorders
- Impotence
- Prostate Problems

Chapter 26: OTHER IMPORTANT CONDITIONS
- Cancer (General)
- Disorders of Salt and Water
- Diabetes Mellitus
- Heat Stroke
- Hypothermia
- Infections (General)
- Loss of Vitality
- Medication Problems (Polypharmacy)
- Pain
- Sleep Problems
- Walking Problems, Immobility, and Falls


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