A Consumer's Guide to Aging

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If you're over 50, A Consumer's Guide to Aging is the book you've been looking for--a comprehensive, fact-filled, and reliable resource addressing your changing questions and concerns. From the highly respected team of doctors and social workers who contribute to "On Aging "--the nationally syndicated advice column read in more than six million households--here is sound advice for making smart choices on issues ranging from health and housing to fitness and finances. With many real-life examples from the letters ...
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Overview

If you're over 50, A Consumer's Guide to Aging is the book you've been looking for--a comprehensive, fact-filled, and reliable resource addressing your changing questions and concerns. From the highly respected team of doctors and social workers who contribute to "On Aging "--the nationally syndicated advice column read in more than six million households--here is sound advice for making smart choices on issues ranging from health and housing to fitness and finances. With many real-life examples from the letters written to "On Aging," this remarkably complete guide offers detailed information on virtually every issue of concern to older Americans:. Physical Health: keeping fit with diet and exercise; common health problems in later life; understanding prevention and treatment;. Mental Health: handling the emotional stress of adjusting to retirement, health problems, the loss of a spouse, and other changes; signs of depression; self-help; professional help;. Medical Care: talking to health-care professionals; choosing a physician; understanding health-care options; making the most of insurance coverage;. Personal Finances: planning for financial independence; choosing a financial adviser; managing income from pension plans, investments, and social security; estate planning; living wills, living trusts, and other options;. Housing: staying put, renovating, relocating, living abroad; safety, maintenance, companionship, recreation, and health-care considerations; pros and cons of condominiums, retirement communities, life-care facilities, and nursing homes;. Family Relationships: changing family roles; styles of grandparenting; multi-generational households; the empty nest "refilled"; caring for a parent or spouse at home; divorce and remarriage;. Sex and Intimacy: maintaining an active sex life; normal changes in sexual function; effects of illness and medication; impotence and physical impairments; diagnosis and treatment of sexual problems;. Work: defending agai

This fact-filled resource for older Americans has been compiled by a highly respected team of doctors and counselors who contribute to the nationally syndicated column "On Aging." Includes information on physical and mental health, financial planning, family relationships, sex, leisure time, and more.

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A compendium of information for people over 50, on physical and mental health, medical care, finances, housing, family relationships, sex and intimacy, work, and leisure time. The authors are physicians and gerontologists. Resources and recommended reading supplement each chapter. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801843020
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1992
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 544
  • Product dimensions: 8.37 (w) x 9.98 (h) x 1.36 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Ch. 1 Keeping Fit 1
It's Never Too Late to Start 1
Tips for Changing Habits 4
Exercise after Fifty 8
Healthy Eating, Healthy Aging 33
Recommended Reading 51
Ch. 2 To Your Good Health 53
Selecting a Physician 55
Getting the Most from Health Care 61
Making Choices about Medical Treatment: Your Role and Your Rights 71
Common Health Problems in Later Life 77
Resources 106
Recommended Reading 109
Ch. 3 Keeping Your Emotional Balance 111
Depression: When We Just Can't Cope 114
Professional Help for Depression 119
Self-Help Measures 138
Resources 150
Recommended Reading 151
Ch. 4 The Health Insurance Puzzle 152
Group Plans versus Individual Plans 153
Medicare 154
Medicaid 162
Private Health Plans 167
Supplemental Insurance 173
Protecting Yourself against Long-Term-Care Costs 179
Cutting Insurance Costs: Dos and Don'ts 192
Money-Saving Tips 193
Resources 195
Recommended Reading 195
Ch. 5 Planning Your Financial Future 197
Getting Started 199
Assessing Sources of Income 210
Investment Planning 221
Income Tax Planning 230
What to Do When Financial Resources Fall Short of Financial Needs 232
Insurance Planning 234
A Word of Advice on Seeking Advice 238
Estate Planning 240
Advance Directives for Protecting Your Interests 250
Resources 255
Recommended Reading 256
Ch. 6 A Place Called Home 258
Aging in Place 259
Moving Out 272
Resources 315
Recommended Reading 316
Ch. 7 Changing Family Roles 318
Grandparents 321
Multigenerational Households 333
Family Caregivers 336
Resources 353
Recommended Reading 353
Ch. 8 Intimacy 355
Age Brings Changes 356
Effects of Illness and Drugs 360
Impotence 362
Looking Good and Feeling Great 374
'Til Death Do Us Part 377
The Single Life 382
Resources 392
Recommended Reading 393
Ch. 9 In and Out of the Workplace 395
Defending Yourself against Age Discrimination 397
Balancing Elder Care and Your Career 403
Employee Programs and Benefits for Caregivers 410
Evaluating Your Work and Retirement Options 411
Finding the Job That's Right for You 421
How about Starting Your Own Business? 428
Resources 431
Recommended Reading 431
Ch. 10 Life in the Leisure Lane 433
Planning and Managing for Satisfying Leisure 434
A Back-to-School Guide 436
Travel 447
Help Yourself: Volunteer 456
Hobbies and Recreational Activities 465
Resources 474
Recommended Reading 477
Appendixes 479
A. Being Your Own Advocate 479
B. What Are State Units on Aging? 481
C. Nursing-Home Ombudsmen 486
References 491
Index 513
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