Aging Resources

Doctor-Patient Communication

Communicating well with the doctor is crucial to ensure the well-being of your health. With proper communication between patient and doctor, there will be less misunderstandings and it can ensure that proper treatment will be in place.   As patients, we are to be...

Aging Changes in Immunity

As we age, our immune system begins to not function as well compared to our younger years. As a result, our immune system does not respond as well, and we become sick faster and easier. Changes that can occur include: Vaccines may not work as well Slow body healing An...

Driving in Winter Weather

Driving during the holidays can present many challenges. Since it is colder outside, roads and icy conditions will make it harder to drive to see your loved ones during Christmas. During the holiday season, it is important to: Take your car into the shop to make sure...

How to Help Someone Grieving

It is hard to comfort a person who is grieving and it can be hard to find the right words to say after a person passes away. Here are tips to help comfort a loved one: It can be tempting to ramble, but the most important thing is to let them know that they are being...

COPD

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) affects many older adults across the United States. COPD is a progressive disease which causes damage to a person’s lungs. A person usually figures it to be “shortness of breath” and ignores it, causing it to progress...

Macular Degeneration

Macular degeneration is age-related and caused by damage to the macula. The macula is the small spot in the center of the retina. It can take a while to notice the symptoms of macular degeneration but as it progresses, a blurred area in the central line of vision...

Oral Health for Older Adults

Older Americans are more prone to dental issues but with proper care and treatment, the teeth can last a lifetime. Here are a few tips on how to maintain overall oral health: It is important to brush the teeth twice a day accompanied with flossing. Brushing throughout...

Cold Weather Safety

Winter comes with low temperatures and brutal weather. Older adults need to take precautions in order to stay warm and well. Here are some tips to keep in mind: Keep warm inside the house and in buildings. Throw on a sweater while in the house and keep your home to at...

Flu Prevention

The weather is getting colder which means it is flu and cold season! Over 60 percent of adults over the age of 65 are hospitalized due to the flu. Here are a few tips for preventing harmful illnesses: When going to the store, wipe off the handle of the grocery basket...

Other Helpful Links

Aging Services – Department of Health and Human Services website

Alzheimer’s Association –  National homepage

Area Agency on Aging  –  The Abilene resource through the West Central Texas Council of Governments.

Meaningful Activities  –  Explore how music, art and pet visits can improve quality of life experiences.

Texas Silver-Haired Legislature –  Advocates for Seniors through Public Policy

Age Wave – Understanding the effects of an aging population

Regrets of the Dying –  five most common regrets shared by those faced with dying