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Senior Health

General

Seniors' Health (National Library of Medicine)

Provides links to selected web sites that cover many different aspects of aging and health.

Aging in the know (American Geriatrics Society)

Information on common diseases and disorders in aging and practical tips to help you work with your health care provider.

NIH SeniorHealth (National Institute on Aging)

This site is particularly useful for people with vision problems. The text can easily be enlarged with just a mouse-click, or users can even let the site play recordings of the articles on their computer's speakers.

Senior Citizens' Resources

This U.S. Government web site for seniors has not only health-related information, but resources on other important issues, such as Consumer Protection for Seniors, Education, and Jobs and Volunteerism for Seniors.

Health and Aging Organizations (National Institute on Aging)

An online searchable database of national organizations that provide help to older people.

The Brain Health Resource toolkit

The Brain Health Resource is a presentation toolkit offering current, evidence-based information and resources to facilitate conversations with older people about brain health as we age. Designed for use at senior centers and in other community settings, materials are written in plain language and explain what people can do to help keep their brains functioning best. The PowerPoint presentation will help older adults and their caregivers learn how to reduce risks that may be related to brain health and the Educator’s Guide, presentation handout, and resource list provide additional information and support. To access this toolkit go to http://1.usa.gov/1Q3BAvQ .

Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer's Disease (healthelinks)

The healthelinks Alzheimer's Disease page provides links to many resources on this condition.

Forgetfulness: Knowing When to Ask for Help (National Institute on Aging)

Forgetfulness doesn't always mean Alzheimer's disease. This web page describes age-related changes in memory, what to do to keep your memory sharp, and how to know when you may be dealing with a more serious type of memory impairment.

Older Drivers and Cognitive Impairment

Assisted Living & Long-Term Care

Nursing Homes: Making the Right Choice (National Institute on Aging)

Describes the different kinds of nursing homes, how to choose a nursing home, and financial issues.

National Clearinghouse for Long-Term Care (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

By some estimates, 70% of people 65 or older will need long-term care services at some point in their lives. Medicare and private insurance usually do not pay for these services. This U.S. government site provides information to assist in planning for long-term care.

Louisiana Nursing Home Association

Provides information on finding and selecting a nursing facility within Louisiana.

Caregiver Resources

Caring for Someone with Alzheimer's (National Institute on Aging)

Caregiving (National Institute on Aging)

A series of downloadable brochures for people providing care for older adults.

Caregivers' Resources (USA.gov)

Depression

Depression (National Institute on Aging)

Learn about depression in the elderly, how to recognize it, and how it can be treated.

Depression (USA.gov)

An easy-to-read resource on depression.

Diet & Nutrition

Eating Well As You Get Older (National Institute on Aging)

Good nutrition is important for everyone, but it's especially important for the elderly. This page describes the benefits of heating well, what types of foods are healthiest, how foods should be prepared, and how to shop wisely.

Young at Heart: Tips for Older Adults National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

Diseases & Conditions

NIH Senior Health: Diseases and Conditions (National Institute on Aging)

Covers various diseases and conditions that are more likely to occur with advancing age.

Diseases, Conditions, and Injuries Affecting Seniors (USA.gov)

Medicare

Healthelinks has a section on Medicare on its "Finding Health Care" page. It includes links to many resources on this program.

Sleep

Sleep and Aging (National Institute on Aging)

Background information on the physiology of sleep, how a person's sleep patterns change with age, different types of sleep disorder, and more.

Staying Healthy

Healthy Aging (National Institute on Aging)

Topics include Balance problems, Caring for someone with Alzheimer's, Eating well, Exercise, Falls and older adults, Medicare Basics, Problems with Smell, Problems with Taste, Sleep and Aging, Taking Medicines, and Talking with your Doctor.

Fitness (AARP)

Offers advice on exercise and fitness for senior citizens.

Staying Healthy as a Senior (USA.gov)

Health advice on nutrition, preventing illness, and other topics of interest.

Exercise for Older Adults (National Institute on Aging)

Falls and Older Adults (National Institute on Aging)

Describes causes and risk factors for falls, how to prevent falls, and what to do if you have a fall.

Exercise and Physical Activity: Getting Fit for Life (National Institute on Aging)

Seniors & the Flu - get vaccinated! (U.S. Department of Health & Human Services)

Advice for Seniors on vaccination against both the seasonal flu and H1N1 (Swine) Flu.

Flu Vaccine (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention)

Vaccination against the seasonal flu is especially important for older persons. This page describes the flu vaccines, when to get vaccinated, who should be vaccinated, and more.

Taste & Smell

Problems with Taste (National Institute on Aging)

Describes common age-related problems with the sense of taste. It covers causes and prevention, symptoms and diagnosis, and treatment. It also provides a useful FAQ.

Problems with Smell (National Institute on Aging)

Similar in format to the NIH Senior Health page on Problems with Taste, this page describes age-related problems with the sense of smell, covering causes & prevention, symptoms & diagnosis, and treatment. Also includes a FAQ.

Vision & Hearing

Vision and Hearing (National Institute on Aging)

Hearing Loss (National Institute on Aging)

This page is a good summary of age-related hearing loss. It describes how to know if you have hearing loss, common causes of hearing loss, and how to help a person with hearing loss. It also summarizes types of hearing aids and other adaptive devices.
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