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“As We Age”: Information & Resources for People 65+

As We Age is a community that’s here to provide you and your caregivers with encouragement, education, tools and resources.

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Explore LivingWith®

A free app designed to help manage life with cancer.

Use Requests to ask loved ones for help with

daily tasks like meals or rides to doctors' appointments. 

You can also find events in your area.

Download LivingWith® for free or
learn more about the app.

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Staying positive may be difficult when living with cancer. Following a few tips can help.

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Questions to ask your doctor about your cancer treatment options

There is a lot to consider when discussing treatment options with your healthcare team

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Check out these tips before you accompany a loved one to their next appointment.

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As your loved one’s main advocate, being a caregiver is an important job.

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Emergencies can happen, and they’re almost always unexpected. That’s why you should always be prepared.

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Explore LivingWith®

A free app designed to help manage life with cancer.

Use Requests to ask loved ones for help with

daily tasks like meals or rides to doctors' appointments. 

You can also find events in your area.

Download LivingWith® for free or
learn more about the app.

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These may be some of the hardest days of your loved one’s life, but there are ways to help them find joy and face this battle with a more positive mindset.

If you're feeling anxious about working or returning to work while living with cancer, you're not alone.

 

 

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Encourage your loved one to be an active participant in their care.

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If your loved one is living with cancer, then you know how important it is for them to feel supported...

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As We Age is a community that’s here to provide you and your caregivers with encouragement, education, tools and resources.

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Dealing with illness can be exhausting. Get advice from a doctor on how to cope with feelings of weakness or tiredness and the difficult thoughts, feelings and attitudes they may bring.

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More people are going online to find and share health information than ever before. Discover how to find reliable and accurate health facts and get support online.

understanding populations video for prostate cancer

Learn about how some men are at a greater risk for certain types of cancers, and the challenges some communities may face.

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It’s never too soon—or too late—to make healthy choices. Learn some habits that may have a lasting impact on your health as you age.

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A habit is anything you do regularly enough that it becomes second nature. This brochure is focused on building new habits that may have a positive impact on your life.
Offering emotional support

Living with cancer brings a steady stream of physical and emotional challenges.

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Discussing your cancer with loved ones can often be difficult.

Caring communication

When a loved one is diagnosed with cancer, we often struggle to find the right words.

Sharing your diagnosis

A cancer diagnosis may feel overwhelming, which is why it's helpful to have a strong support system in place...

Give your time

There are lots of straightforward, practical ways to give your time helping a friend or family member dealing with cancer.

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As you look toward the future, learn how to plan for and make important changes in your life, one step at a time.

Managing life with cancer

LivingWith is a free app, developed by Pfizer, designed to help patients and caregivers manage life with cancer.

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An exercise specialist shares a few fun and easy ways to get moving indoors.

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Discover different strength training, aerobic exercises and stretches you can consider trying. When designing an exercise routine, it is important to listen to your body and get guidance from your doctor.

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Wellness is an ongoing, intentional way to live your best life. An exercise specialist shares five tips to support your personal wellness.

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A guide to help manage the challenges of a cancer diagnosis while aging.
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Common cancer treatments may have an effect on your digestive system. Learn strategies to help improve your gut health.

Protein is important to help your body heal and recover after cancer treatment. Here are a few simple ways to add more protein into your daily meals.

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Since receiving your diagnosis, you may have noticed some changes in your sleep patterns. These pages offer tips to help you get a better night’s sleep.
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Since receiving a diagnosis of prostate cancer, these patients reflect on the importance of proactive screening and ongoing care for all patients, particularly older adults.

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Cancer can be a difficult topic to discuss with the people in your life. These topic starters can help make tough conversations more effective and focused.
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An exercise specialist shares a few simple exercises to help strengthen your muscles and increase your balance.

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Maintaining a healthy body weight is important during cancer treatment.
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Physical activity and structured exercise can help increase aerobic capacity, increase muscular strength and overall well-being.

Move it for health

After a diagnosis, and with guidance from your doctor, regular physical activity is important...

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Discover how exercise can affect your brain and how it may be able to help improve your emotional well-being.

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Inspiration can come from anywhere. This booklet is intended to help you find inspiration by focusing on showing gratitude, being kind and maintaining hope.
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A well-balanced diet includes healthy foods from all food groups. These are protein, grains, fruits and vegetables and healthy fats.

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Being informed about what has been prescribed for you and always asking your healthcare team any questions you may have, can help you take a more active role in your treatment plan.
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In the straight arm plank, you keep your abdominal core contracted to hold your body position.

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It is important to focus on nutrition during cancer treatment. One way to help yourself eat well is by being a smart shopper.

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Cancer and its treatment can be stressful. That’s why it’s important to learn some ways to help manage stress.

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Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms that people with cancer experience.

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A place to track your activities, thoughts and feelings throughout treatment.
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You can perform the seated trunk twist from any stable chair or seat, making it an easy at-home exercise move.

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Your medical team can provide you with options so that you can eat enough calories, protein and other nutrients.

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The seated boat hold exercise aims to build abdominal core endurance while in a seated position for added stability.

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This guide was created to help you build on the healthy coping strategies you’re already using and discover new tools that you can use when you’re experiencing difficult emotions.
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A caregiver is someone who’s there for a loved one, providing emotional care and practical help in their time of need.

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Focus on strengthening your arms with a seated bicep curl. This exercise is easy to modify for varying strength levels by adjusting amount of weight being used.

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It helps to set yourself up for success when it comes to maintaining a healthy diet.

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While people with cancer face many nutritional challenges, it’s common for caregivers to have their own issues and concerns.
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Focus on your breathing while practicing the single arm row. Exhale as the weight comes up and inhale as the weight goes down.

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Physical activity is important for health and wellness. It is also helpful during cancer treatment.

Cancer can have a profound impact on you, your loved ones and your caregivers. And you may feel grief, fear or anger. Sometimes, you might feel all of these things at once.
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Discover an advanced version of a standard push-up, this modification uses a chair for added resistance. Always remember to progress slowly and work with your doctor to decide what exercises are right for you.

There are many ways your body may change when you're living with cancer.

Skin deep: Protecting the body’s largest organ
When you're living with cancer, skin care might not be the first thing on your mind.
standing calf raise video

The standing calf raise can be performed at home. In addition to engaging your calf muscles, this exercise focuses on maintaining good posture and steady balance.

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By being your own advocate, you can do more for your health and well-being.
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Single leg press exercise can be customized and made more difficult by adding weights or combining with an additional move like the chair stand.

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Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms experienced by patients...

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Cancer treatment can affect the ability to chew or swallow...

advanced calf raise video

This modified version of a standing calf raise increases resistance, creating a more advanced exercise. Always remember to progress slowly and work with your doctor to decide what exercises are right for you.

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Diarrhea can be caused by certain cancer treatments.

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Appetite loss is a common symptom experienced by patients...

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Learn how to perform a side box squat at home. This exercise can help strengthen your legs while helping you focus on keeping your balance.

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Cancer treatment affects the cells in the body that replicate the fastest and are the most sensitive.

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Try out this hamstring stretch that can be easily modified for different ability levels.

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Cancer treatment may result in nausea and vomiting.

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Often, cancer treatment can cause increased sensitivity to smells...

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Quadricep muscles are in the front of your legs and get used a lot with walking and exercise. Learn an easy way to stretch these muscles at home using a chair or stool for balance.

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 Consider the small decisions that become a part of your overall lifestyle. 

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Cancer treatment affects the cells in the body that replicate the fastest.

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As you go through your cancer treatment, your doctor may prescribe different kinds of medicines or switch your medicine from one brand name to an alternative with another name. That new drug may be called a generic or a biosimilar.

If someone you love was diagnosed with cancer, stepping into the role of a caregiver may have felt natural to you.

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If you're living with cancer, you might feel overwhelmed.

Refresh your space

A cancer diagnosis may require spending some time at home to rest and recuperate.

Eating healthy is important for everyone—especially for those living with cancer.
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Living with cancer can be stressful. From facing your diagnosis to undergoing treatments.

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Constipation can be caused by certain cancer treatments as well as nausea and pain medications…

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Decreased oral intake of calories along with the increased energy demands…

If you're living with cancer, feeling supported by your family and friends may be more important than ever.

Driving Patients
While living with cancer, you may need help finding rides to doctors' appointments and treatments.

It may feel intimidating to visit someone in the hospital. But for those living with cancer, the support of family and friends can help...

stephanies-story

As a nurse, Stephanie was always caring for others. But the tables were turned when she was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer (mBC).

Barbara's story

Barbara knows about cancer. Over the past 14 years, she's been diagnosed with ovarian, lymphoma, breast and skin cancer.

Victor's story

As Victor tears along the winding mountain roads of Utah on his motorcycle, every sense awakens.

Adam's story

Adam takes the stage in front of a packed house, using a cane to help keep his balance.

Sachi's story

Sachi looks at her young daughter. And the young girl stares delightedly back at her mama.

Remembering Ester Eva

Ester Eva was a beautiful daughter, a loving sister, and a wife and mother.

With her creative spirit and warm smile, Cynthia is the kind of person who makes an impression the moment you meet her.

Billy's story

At Billy's jazz performance, the bass player taps a smooth, steady line of deep notes.

Kathy's story

A sore back was the first sign that something was wrong.

Jack's story

After serving in the Air Force in Thailand during the Vietnam War, Jack went to college and became a teacher in special education.

Melissa and Leslie's Story

When Melissa graduated from college in 2004, she knew she was going home to visit her mother, Leslie, in New Hampshire before starting her nutrition internship in New York City. But she didn't realize just how much their lives were about to change.

Fred's story

Fred makes people laugh for a living. But this wasn't always so.

Judi's story

When Judi walks into a room, laughter and smiles are sure to follow.

The road to medical school can be difficult for anyone. Now imagine being diagnosed with lymphoma at the same time.

Lisa's story

As a Brooklyn girl, Lisa can handle just about anything with her personality and chutzpah alone.

Lindsay's story

It takes a special person to care for others with cancer, whether it's providing treatment or simply being there to listen.

Kimaya's story

Kimaya was able to focus on her treatment and recovery thanks to the support of the people around her.

Robin's story

In 1972, Robin was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma (then called Hodgkin's disease). She was just 12 years old.

Paula's story

Paula was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. In fact, she grew up on the block where she currently lives.

IN LOVING MEMORY OF PAUL

"I try not to focus on my problems. I try to focus on other people's problems."

Lynn's story

If you're looking for Lynn, you'll probably find her out in her garden or kayaking or soaking at Starkey Hot Springs.

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This Is For You is a guided online experience designed to give you the type of support you need so that you can make the most out of each day—in a way that's meaningful to you.

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