Making Healthcare Decisions

e-Update from the National Institute on Aging

 

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If you are faced with making healthcare decisions for someone who is dying and no longer able to make his or her own decisions, ask the medical staff these 7 questions:

  • What is the care plan? What are the benefits and risks?
  • How often should we reassess the care plan?
  • If we try using the ventilator to help with breathing and decide to stop, how will that be done?
  • If my family member is dying, why does he or she have to be connected to all those tubes and machines? Why do we need more tests?
  • What is the best way for our family to work with the care staff?
  • How will I make sure to get daily updates on my family member’s condition?

Learn more about understanding end-of-life healthcare decisions. Share this information on social media: Twitter: If you are faced with making #endoflife healthcare decisions for someone, ask the staff these 7 questions: http://bit.ly/2tclMXQ Facebook: It can be overwhelming to make healthcare decisions for someone who is no longer able to make his or her own decisions. Learn more about the issues you might face and 7 helpful questions you can ask medical staff about end-of-life healthcare decisions: http://bit.ly/2rTK05e

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National Institute on Aging

Go4Life

Go4Life: Fitness news from the National Institute on Aging at N I H

 
 

There are many fun ways to be active outdoors, but make sure you stay safe in the sun. Go4Life has the following tips to keep your skin healthy:

  • Limit your time in the sun. Try to stay out of the sun between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun’s rays are the strongest. Don’t be fooled by cloudy skies. The sun’s rays pass through clouds. You can also get sunburned if you’re in the water so be careful when in a pool, lake or the ocean.
  • Wear protective clothing. A hat with a wide brim can shade your neck, ears, eyes, and head. Look for sunglasses that block 99 to 100 percent of the sun’s rays. If you have to be in the sun, wear a lightweight, long-sleeved shirt and long pants.
  • Drink plenty of liquids, especially if it’s hot outside. Water and fruit juices are good options. Avoid caffeine and alcohol.

Visit Go4Life for more tips on staying safe in the sun.

Share this tip sheet on social media:

Twitter: Summer is coming! Check out these tips to stay safe in the sun while enjoying fun activities outdoors: http://bit.ly/2pXIoXb

Facebook: Summer is coming! There are many fun ways to be active outdoors, but make sure you stay safe in the sun. Use sunscreen, wear protective clothing, and limit your time outside between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Learn how to stay safe in the sun with these tips from Go4Life: http://bit.ly/2pXIoXb

 
 

National Institute on Aging

Alzheimer's and Dementia Research

e-Update from the Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center, a service of the National Institute on Aging at N I H

 

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"When I was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, I wanted to do everything possible to fight the disease, not give in to it. I talked with my doctor about possible treatments. He helped me find a clinical trial that was right for me. Now I get to talk with Alzheimer’s experts. Plus, I know I’m doing something that might help my children and grandchildren avoid the disease."

This is an exciting time for Alzheimer’s and dementia research. Advances are being made because thousands of people have participated in clinical trials and studies to learn more about the disease and test treatments.

You can help. Check out Participating in Alzheimer’s Research: For Yourself and Future Generations to learn about:

  • Types of clinical research
  • Common questions about participating in research
  • Why placebos are important
  • Why studies need all kinds of people

Share this information with older adults and caregivers on social media:

Twitter: Volunteers support advances in #Alzheimers #research. You can help, too! Learn more about participating in a trial: http://bit.ly/2rI8b7H

Facebook: Advances in Alzheimer’s research are due in large part to the older adults who volunteer for clinical trials. You can volunteer, too! Learn more about participating in Alzheimer’s research from the National Institute on Aging at NIH: http://bit.ly/2sOwq3o

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