MedlinePlus for Understanding Arthritis & Osteoarthritis

If you feel pain and stiffness in your body or have trouble moving around, you might have arthritis. Most kinds of arthritis cause pain and swelling in your joints. Joints are places where two bones meet, such as your elbow or knee. Over time, a swollen joint can become severely damaged.

MedlinePlus for Understanding Gout

Gout is a common, painful form of arthritis. It causes swollen, red, hot and stiff joints. Gout occurs when uric acid builds up in your blood. This happens if your body produces extra acid or does not eliminate enough, or if you eat too many foods with purines, such as liver and dried beans.

MedlinePlus for Understanding Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a silent disease of the bones that makes your bones weak and more likely to break. Anyone can develop osteoporosis, but it is common in older women. As many as half of all women and a quarter of men older than 50 will break a bone due to osteoporosis.

NIH Senior Health: Bones and Joints

Friendly website designed for seniors that features the latest health and wellness information for older adults from the National Institutes of Health.

Understanding Falls and Fractures

If you or an older person you know has fallen, you're not alone. More than one in three people age 65 years or older fall each year. The risk of falling - and fall-related problems - rises with age. Fractures caused by falls can lead to hospital stays and disability.

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