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Learn about senior health
As we age, we have special health concerns. They can range from memory loss and broken hips to exercising safely. Our topics can help you learn how to lower the risk of falling in your home or how to choose a nursing home. You can learn about the physical changes caused by aging. There is plenty of information to help you stay healthy as you get older.
Get help making decisions or find how-to tips in topics such as:
- Abuse: Signs of Abuse-Related Injuries
- Age-Related Hearing Loss
- Age-Related Macular Degeneration
- Age-Related Macular Degeneration: Taking Vitamins
- Agitation and Dementia
- Alzheimer's and Other Dementias: Maintaining Good Nutrition
- Alzheimer's and Other Dementias: Making the Most of Remaining Abilities
- Alzheimer's and Other Dementias: Making Your Home Safe
- Alzheimer's Disease
- Apolipoprotein E-4 Genetic (DNA) Test
- Assistive Devices and Orthotics
- Asthma in Older Adults: Managing Treatment
- Automated Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring
- Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)
- Bev's Story: Coping With Arthritis
- Capsaicin for Osteoarthritis
- Care at the End of Life
- Cataracts and Nearsightedness
- Cataracts and Ultraviolet Light
- Cataracts: Eye Care After Surgery
- Cataracts: Questions About Surgery
- Chronic Pain
- Chronic Pain Syndrome
- Classification of Osteoarthritis
- Comparing Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteoarthritis
- Complications of Osteoarthritis
- Complications of Whooping Cough
- Confusion, Memory Loss, and Altered Alertness
- Constipation, Age 12 and Older
- COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)
- Coping With Changing Sleep Patterns as You Get Older
- Coping With Osteoarthritis
- Dementia: Bladder and Bowel Problems
- Dementia: Helping a Person Avoid Confusion
- Dementia: Legal Issues
- Dementia: Medicines to Treat Behaviour Changes
- Dementia: Support for Caregivers
- Dementia: Testing How Well a Person Functions
- Dementia: Tips for Communicating
- Dementia: Understanding Behaviour Changes
- Dental Care for Older Adults
- Depression in Older Adults
- Domestic Abuse
- Domestic Violence
- Drooping Eyelids
- Dupuytren's Disease
- Dupuytren's Disease: Surgery Complications
- Elder Abuse
- Eldercare Mediation
- Exercising to Prevent a Stroke
- Exercising While Sitting Down
- Family Life Cycle
- Fitness: Getting and Staying Active
- Frailty in Older Adults
- Functional Incontinence
- Functional Incontinence: Timed Voiding and Prompted Voiding
- Guidelines for Multiple Joint Replacements
- Healthy Aging
- Healthy Eating and Older Adults
- Hearing Aids
- Hearing Loss
- Hip Fracture
- Hip Fractures: What Increases Your Risk
- Hip Injuries, Age 12 and Older
- Hip Problems, Age 12 and Older
- Hospice Palliative Care
- How to Get Rid of Medicines
- How to Get Up Safely After a Fall
- Importance of Immunizations
- Joint Replacement: Realistic Expectations
- Knee Replacement Surgery
- Laser Photocoagulation for Age-Related Macular Degeneration
- Laser Surgery for Glaucoma: Pros and Cons
- Long-Term Care Choices
- Low-Vision Accommodations in Your Home
- Male Risk for Osteoporosis
- Medical History and Physical Examination for Dementia or Alzheimer's Disease
- Medicines That Cause Hearing Loss
- Memory Problems: Issues With Driving
- Memory Problems: Tips for Helping the Person With Daily Tasks
- Memory Problems: Wandering
- Meningitis and Group B Streptococci
- Meningitis and Listeria Monocytogenes
- Mild Cognitive Impairment and Dementia
- Needle Aponeurotomy for Dupuytren's Disease
- Non-Prescription Medicines for Osteoarthritis
- Object Stuck in the Throat
- Osteoarthritis: Heat and Cold Therapy
- Osteoporosis Screening
- Overactive Bladder
- Photodynamic Therapy for Age-Related Macular Degeneration
- Physical Activity as You Get Older
- Preventing Falls in Older Adults
- Preventing Falls in Older Adults Who Take High-Risk Medicines
- Preventing Falls: Exercises for Strength and Balance
- Provincial and Territorial Helplines and Websites
- Questions to Ask Before Starting a Fitness Program
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- RSV: Risk of Complications
- Self-Care for Sjögren's Syndrome
- Sexuality and Physical Changes With Aging
- Sharing Memories With Older Adults
- Small Joint Surgery for Osteoarthritis
- Staying Safe When You Take Several Medicines
- Steve's Story: Coping With Arthritis
- Stress Incontinence in Men
- Substance Use in Older Adults
- Surgery for Glaucoma and a Cataract
- Taste Changes
- Urge Incontinence in Men
- Urinary Incontinence in Men
- Urinary Incontinence in Women
- Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) in Older Adults
- Using a Walker
- Vision Loss Evaluation
- Warning Signs of Dementia
- Warning Signs of Suicide in Older Adults
- Anticonvulsants for Chronic Pain
- Bisphosphonates for Osteoporosis
- Calcitonin for Osteoporosis
- Diphtheria, Pertussis, and Tetanus Vaccines
- Hepatitis B Vaccine
- Herpes-Zoster Vaccine for Shingles
- Opiate Pain Relievers for Chronic Pain
- Phenazopyridine for Urinary Symptoms
- Pneumococcal Vaccines
- Teriparatide for Osteoporosis
- Testosterone for Osteoporosis
- Tricyclic Antidepressants for Chronic Pain
- Alzheimer's Disease: Should I Take Medicines?
- Alzheimer's or Other Dementia: Should I Move My Relative Into Long-Term Care?
- Arthritis: Should I Have Hip Replacement Surgery?
- Arthritis: Should I Have Knee Replacement Surgery?
- Arthritis: Should I Have Shoulder Replacement Surgery?
- Healthy Aging: Is It Time to Stop Driving?
- Hearing Loss: Should I Get Hearing Aids?
- Osteoporosis: Should I Have a Dual-Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry (DXA) Test?
- Osteoporosis: Should I Take Bisphosphonate Medicines?
- Shingles: Should I Get a Shot to Prevent Shingles?
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Call 8-1-1 toll-free in B.C. or for deaf and hearing-impaired, call 7-1-1.
You can speak with a health service representative, who can also connect you with a:
- registered nurse any time, every day of the year;
- registered dietitian from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday;
- pharmacist from 5pm to 9am, every day of the year.
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