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Web Resources
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FAQ - About Alzheimer's Disease
Everthing you ever wanted to know about Alzheimer's Disease and other dementias that affect the elderly is available on this ...

FAQ - Older Adults Health Issues
There are many health concerns and issues that are common to the older adult. This site links consumers to resources that pro...

A Profile of Older Americans: 1997
The older population-persons 65 years or older-numbered 33.9 million in 1996. They represented 12.8% of the U.S. population, ...

Age Page - Aging and Alcohol Abuse
This article focuses on problem drinking in older people and outlines the physical effects of drinking, types of problem drin...

Age Page - Aging and Your Eyes
Most common eye and vision disorders can be avoided or controlled. This article offers tips for prevention and correction. ...

Age Page - Constipation
This pamphlet discusses the causes and treatment of constipation in the elderly. The role of diet and the misuse of laxatives...

Age Page - Don't Take It Easy--Exercise!
This article reviews health benefits of exercise and recommendations for desired outcomes. It provides advice on pacing and...

Age Page - Foot Care
This pamphlet describes a variety of foot problems that may develop as we age, including fungal and bacterial infections, itc...

Age Page - Health Quackery
If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. This pamphlet describes some common fradulent health claims and products an...

Age Page - Hearing and Older People
Hearing impairment ranges from having difficulty understanding words or hearing certain sounds to total deafness. This fact ...

Age Page - High Blood Pressure--A Common but Controllable Disorder
High blood pressure is a serious condition, often without symptoms, that can lead to stroke, heart disease, kidney failure an...

Age Page - HIV, AIDS, and Older Adults
Because few people talk about AIDS and HIV infection in relation to older people, many older adults think they are not at ris...

Age Page - Hormone Replacement Therapy: Should You Take It?
This article reviews benefits and risks associated with hormone replacement therapy (HRT) in menopausal women. It outlines w...

Age Page - Life Extension: Science or Science Fiction
Why do people grow old? How can we live longer? How can people stay healthy and independent as they grow older? This pamph...

Age Page - Medicines: Use Them Safely
This article describes medication use in seniors, explaining why medications affect them differently and how to avoid risks a...

Age Page - Prostate Problems
Prostate problems are common in men age 50 and older. Most can be treated successfully without harming sexual function. This...

Age Page - Sexuality in Later Life
Most older people want and are able to enjoy an active, satisfying sex life. This pamphlet discusses normal changes that occu...

Age Page - Shots for Safety
This fact sheet recommends immunization against influenza, pneumococcal diseases, tetanus, and diphtheria. A vaccine schedule...

Age Page - Taking Care of Your Teeth and Mouth
A healthy smile is a bonus at any age. If you haven't learned the basics of oral health care, it is not too late to start. Th...

Age Page - What To Do About Flu
Flu - short for influenza - is usually a mild disease in healthy children, young adults, and middle-age people. However, flu ...

Age Pages
These publications address a number of topics from the perspective of older people. Topics include life extension, HIV, high...

Age-Related Macular Degeneration
This pamphlet is designed to help people with age-related macular degeneration and their families better understand the disea...

Age-Related Macular Degeneration: Status of Research
The NEI is funding approximately $75 million of research in areas generally related to age-related macular degeneration. Of t...

Alzheimer's Disease - Decade of the Brain
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most overdiagnosed and misdiagnosed disorder of mental functioning in older adults. AD is th...

Alzheimer's Disease Fact Sheet
Alzheimer's disease (AD), a major form of mental impairment in older people, affects the parts of the brain that control thou...

Alzheimer's Disease: Unraveling the Mystery
This booklet was written for people who are interested in research on Alzheimer's disease. The booklet covers numerous areas ...

Bibliographic Database on Aging
This newsletter describes a database with program- and policy-related materials on aging. Content, how it is stored, and how ...

Boning Up on Osteoporosis
This article describes the function and structure of bone and effects of osteoporosis. It delivers updates on prevention, di...

Caregivers, Caregiving, and Home Care Workers
This publication aims to help caregivers manage their responsibilities, with tips on balancing career and home, screening pro...

Cataract
This pamphlet has been written to help people with cataracts and their families better understand the condition. It describes...

Collagen and Liquid Silicone Injections
Health risks involved with the injection of collagen for cosmetic purposes are addressed. Liquid silicone is featured....

Complementary and Alternative Medicine Program - Stanford University
The Complementary and Alternative Medicine Program at Stanford (CAMPS) is researching the topic of "Successful Aging."...

Consumer Health Information, National Institutes of Health
The Consumer Health Information page is a growing collection of the most requested NIH publications from all of its institute...

Coping With Arthritis in Its Many Forms
Arthritis is a debilitating disease that affects 1 in 7 Americans. This article covers symptoms and treatment and offers tip...

Decisions About Retirement Living
This article outlines housing options for seniors based on level of independence and explains each one. They include retireme...

Directory of Area Agencies on Aging with Web Sites
This is an alphabetical directory of web and gopher Area Agencies on Aging sites in 42 States and Puerto Rico....

Directory of State Long-Term Care Ombudsman
This roster lists State long-term care ombudsman programs that investigate and resolve complaints made on behalf of older adu...

Directory of Web and Gopher Aging Sites
This is a directory of websites on aging. Sites are organized by "Government and Aging Network Organizations," "Long Term Car...

Don't Lose Sight of Age-Related Macular Degeneration
AMD is a common eye disease associated with aging that gradually destroys sharp, central vision. Central vision is needed for...

Don't Lose Sight of Cataract
A cataract is a clouding of the eye's lens that causes loss of vision. This brochure is about age-related cataract, the most ...

ElderAction: Ideas for Older Persons and Their Families
These brief ideas for action from the Administration on Aging offer information for older Americans and their families on dep...

Eldercare Locator - A Way To Find Community Assistance for Seniors
This page explains usage of a nationwide directory assistance service guiding seniors and caregivers to local services such a...

Eye on the Prize
Cataracts, glaucoma, and eye diseases common in diabetics are summarized in this article, which describes symptoms, treatment...

Fitness Facts for Older Americans
This publication reviews physiological benefits of exercise and recommends classes, exercise regimens, and ways to avoid inju...

Flu
Influenza, or flu, is an acute respiratory infection caused by a variety of influenza viruses. The most familiar aspect of fl...

Geriatric Evaluation and Management program (GEM)
A national Veterans Administration program assesses total needs of the geriatric veteran. Respite care is provided for those ...

Growing Older, Eating Better
Older adults face risks from bad eating habits, but there are solutions. This article reviews the importance of good nutriton...

Guide to Choosing a Nursing Home
Selecting a nursing home is one of the most important and difficult decisions that you may be asked to make either for yourse...

Health Status of Racial/Ethnic Older Women
Racial/ethnic women have traditionally experienced prolonged poverty, in part due to discriminatory practices in the workforc...

Home Modification and Repair
Modifications and adaptations to homes can make daily living safer and easier for seniors. Information on modifications addr...

Housing Choices for the Elderly
Choosing where and how to live is a major decision for anyone. As people grow older, many will continue to live independently...

Information for Practitioners and Other Professionals in Aging
This site provides links to government and non-government programs, resources, news items, and databases on aging-related iss...

Internet and E-mail Resources on Aging
This list contains a wide range of on-line topics and resources related to aging. Sections feature Alzheimer's, housing, long...

Looking Out for Depression
Signs of depression in the elderly are outlined. Counseling, antidepressant medication, and electroconvulsive therapyŃthe ma...

Making Prevention Work: Actions For Older Americans
This list provides steps that older Americans can take to prevent alcohol and other drug abuse and remain active and vital me...

National Institutes of Health Web Site Search
Search all the individual institute web sites at NIH by keyword, title, author, etc. for information on a wide range of topi...

Older Americans Act/Administration on Aging Fact Sheet
Assistance in maintaining independence is available for the aging. This article describes supportive services, program fundin...

Online Resources on Retirement and Financial Planning
This annotated directory of on-line resources guides users to information on retirement and financial planning and other usef...

Pension Search Directory
This web page guides individuals searching for current information on retirement funds and pensions. Users conduct searches b...

Pills, Patches, and Shots: Can Hormones Prevent Aging?
Certain hormone supplements have received a lot of attention lately, including DHEA (dehydro-epiandrosterone), human growth h...

Redefining Retirement
Help is available for baby boomers planning for retirement. This article outlines items such as redefining retirement, nation...

Resource Directory for Older People
The Resource Directory for Older People is intended to serve a wide audience including older people and their families, healt...

Social Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation Studies
This Web site provides the full text of several dozen current policy analyses, program evaluations, and other policy documen...

State Agencies on Aging
This alphabetical roster includes contact name, address, and phone/fax number for State Agencies on Aging for the United Stat...

State Long-Term Care Profiles Report
Click any State on this graphic for progress reports on developing systems of home- and community-based long-term care for th...

The Administration on Aging and the Aging Network
Provides information on the structure and mission of the AoA, and the programs the AoA administers....

The Parkinson's Web
This site provides general information on Parkinson's disease for consumers as well as detailed medical information for the p...

Transportation Services: Where to Get Them in Your Community
This fact sheet helps seniors find community transportation through Area Agencies on Aging and other sources. It highlights ...

Tremor
There are many types of tremor and several ways in which tremor is classified. The most common classification is by behaviora...

Vaccinations--Aren't Just Kid Stuff
This page explains why senior citizens should be inoculated for three major infections: influenza, hepatitis B, and pneumococ...

Volunteer Opportunities for Older Americans
Many unique volunteer opportunities are available for senior citizens. This article outlines options including government pr...

White House Conference on Aging Final Report (CD-ROM)
This release summarizes the White House Conference on Aging Final Report, which defines policy on aging, addressing Social Se...

Women and Aging Letter--A Big Decision for Women: Should I Buy Long-Term Care Insurance?
This article outlines long-term care insurance, a service not covered by Medicaid/Medicare. Policies, costs, consumer protect...

Women and Aging Letter--Memory Loss: It's Not Inevitable
This article describes the differences between normal forgetfulness and Alzheimer's. It also outlines various types of memor...

You Can Make a Difference!
Consumers are urged to be on the alert for Medicare fraud, waste, and abuse and are given examples of suspicious claims, prot...



Web Resource Index




Organizations

Alzheimer's Association
The Alzheimer's Association is a nonprofit organization founded in 1980 to heighten public awareness of this degenerative bra...

Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center, National Institute on Aging
The Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral (ADEAR) Center was established in 1990 by the National Institute on Aging und...

American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)
AARP is the nation's leading organization for people age 50 and older. It serves their needs and interests through informati...

American Geriatrics Society
The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) is the premier professional organization of health care providers dedicated to improvin...

American Occupational Therapy Association
The American Occupational Therapy Association is a national professional society established in 1917 to represent the interes...

American Society for Geriatric Dentistry
The American Society for Geriatric Dentistry (ASGD) is a professional association dedicated to the maintenance and improveme...

Andrus Gerontology Center
The Andrus Gerontology Center was established in 1964 as a special environment for training and research in human developmen...

Center for Information Technology Accommodation
The Center for Information Technology Accommodation is a technical demonstration and resource center assisting Federal agenci...

Division of Associated and Dental Health Professions, Bureau of Health Professions, Health Resources and Services Administration
The Division of Associated, Dental, and Public Health Professions (DADPHP) serves as the pricipal Federal focus for the devel...

Gerontological Society of America (GSA)
The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) was founded in 1945 to promote the scientific study of aging, to encourage exchan...

National Aging Information Center, U.S. Administration on Aging
The National Aging Information Center (NAIC), a service of the Administration on Aging (AoA), is the central source for a wid...

National Association of Area Agencies on Aging
The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (NAAAA) is a private, nonprofit organization that represents the interest...

National Center on Elder Abuse
The National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) was established in 1993 by the Administration on Aging and is run by a consortium o...

National Council of Senior Citizens
The National Council of Senior Citizens (NCSC), with over 2,000 local clubs and State and area councils, is an advocacy organ...

National Institute on Aging Information Center, National Institute on Aging
The National Institute on Aging (NIA) was established in 1974 to conduct and support biomedical, social, and behavioral resea...

Scripps Foundation Gerontology Center
The Gerontology Center of the Scripps Foundation at Miami University was established in 1972 as a component of the Scripps Fo...

SPRY Foundation (Setting Priorities for Retirement Years)
Founded in 1991, SPRY is a national non-profit foundation whose mission is to help adults plan for a healthy and financially ...

The National Council on the Aging, Inc.
The National Council on the Aging, Inc. (NCOA), is a private, non-profit organization, which serves as a resource for inform...

Thyroid Foundation of America, Inc.
The Thyroid Foundation of America (TFA) is a non-profit organization that provides health education and support for thyroid ...

U.S. Administration on Aging, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
The Administration on Aging (AoA), created by the Older Americans Act (OAA) in 1965, is the only federal agency devoted excl...




 


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