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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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