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Senior Health

seniorsPeople in the U.S. are living longer than ever before and in larger numbers. Many seniors live active and healthy lives, but as we age, our bodies and minds change. There are things you can do to stay healthy and active as you age.

Eating a balanced diet, keeping mind and body active, not smoking, getting regular checkups, and practicing safety habits at home and in the car will help you make the most of life in your later years.

Senior citizens often have special concerns about age-related illnesses, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, heart disease and other chronic conditions. We have gathered some links to issues that affect seniors and their families.

While you may feel fit and healthy today you never know what health problems or disabilities will affect you in the future. Early planning for Long-term Care (LTC) can help prevent anxiety for you and loved ones.

Assisted Living – Also called Residential care is for adults who need help with everyday tasks. They may need help with dressing, bathing, eating, or using the bathroom, but they don’t need full-time nursing care. Read more about this topic on Medline Plus

AARP – Internet site of American Association of Retired People which is the nation’s leading organization for people age 50 and older. It serves their needs and interests through information and education, advocacy, and community services.

Administration on Aging – Administration on Aging has programs for the elderly, information about resources for practitioners who serve the aged, statistical information on the aging, and information for consumers (older persons and their families) including how to obtain services for senior citizens and electronic booklets on aging related issues. It also includes a link to AoA’s National Aging Information Center and extensive links to other aging related Web resources.

Benefits Checkup – The National Council on the Aging created BenefitsCheckUp to help older adults to quickly identify programs that may improve the quality of their lives. Family and friends can also obtain facts about benefits that their loved ones may qualify for. Chances are, you will be surprised to learn what benefits are available to you, regardless of your income.

ElderNet – Seniors’ guide to health, housing, legal, financial, retirement, lifestyles, news & entertainment information on the World Wide Web.

ElderWeb – one of the oldest and most comprehensive eldercare gateways on the World Wide Web, with thousands of links for caregivers, providers, and advisors to the frail elderly to on-line information about health, financial, legal, housing, aging, and other eldercare issues.

Medicare.gov – Medicare.gov is a consumer beneficiary Website that provides access to information about Medicare, Medicare health plans, contact information and publications, as well as information about health care fraud and abuse and nursing homes.

National Council of Aging – The National Council on the Aging, promoting the dignity, self-determination, well-being and continuing contributions of older persons through education, research, leadership and advocacy

National Institute on Aging – The National Institute on Aging (NIA), one of the 25 institutes and centers of the National Institutes of Health, leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life. This agency also has a long list of very interesting topics on aging.

Nursing Home Information – Source of information regarding nursing homes, finding one, helpful hints, how to select a nursing home, and patients rights.

Social Security Agency – This is the official web site of the Social Security Administration with information on retirement, disability, survivors and supplemental security income benefits.