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Aging Issues

Changes and challenges tend to mount up as we get older—from the loss of loved ones to declining health and independence. The following guides can help you navigate common aging issues and continue enjoying life throughout your golden years.

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What is mild cognitive impairment?
Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) refers to memory or thinking problems that go beyond typical age-related changes. MCI can either be amnestic or nonamnestic. Amnestic MCI involves memory issues, such as difficulty remembering conversations or names. Nonamnestic MCI involves a decline in cognitive functions like decision-making or visual perception. Sometimes MCI develops into dementia, but this is not always the case.
What are metoprolol side effects in the elderly?
Metoprolol is a medication for treating high blood pressure. According to the National Institutes of Health, some common side effects of this medication include dizziness, tiredness, and nausea. More serious side effects include shortness of breath, wheezing, and fainting. If you’re an older adult, your doctor might prescribe you a lower dose since your body can take longer to process and clear the medication from your system, putting you more at risk of side effects. There’s also a risk of the metoprolol negatively interacting with other drugs you’re taking, so discuss this with your doctor.
At what age does a midlife crisis start?
Midlife is typically defined as the period between the ages of 40 and 60, so what is popularly perceived as a “midlife crisis” could take place any time within these years. During a midlife crisis, you may reexamine your identity, accomplishments, and purpose in life, leading to feelings of nostalgia, regret, sadness, and diminished confidence. However, not everyone experiences a midlife crisis. In fact, your satisfaction with your life may actually increase in midlife. Many factors, such as life stressors and your views on aging, can contribute to what might be considered a “crisis.”
What are the best memory games for seniors?
The best memory games for seniors are the ones that you genuinely enjoy doing. For it to be effective, a memory game shouldn’t feel like a chore or work. If you’re alone, try out games like sudoku, crosswords puzzles, or jigsaw puzzles. If you want to add a social element to your gaming experience, consider playing chess or cards with a friend. You could also attend a trivia night and test your ability to recall information.
What causes tinnitus?
Exposure to loud noise is often the cause of tinnitus, a ringing sound in your ears. It could also be a symptom of an ear infection, a buildup of earwax, or high blood pressure. In some cases, tinnitus is an early symptom of hearing loss. Or it may be a side effect of medication, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and certain antidepressants. For some, using a hearing aid can ease tinnitus.