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Oral Health for Older Adults: Quick tips

Oral health is important for people of all ages. You can prevent mouth problems like toothaches, cavities, and tooth loss by taking care of your teeth and gums.

Review Date: August 07, 2014

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Get Your Medicare Wellness Visit Every Year

Find out how a Medicare wellness visit can help you stay healthy.

Review Date: January 25, 2013

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Lower Your Risk of Falling

As people age, poor balance and flexibility can cause falls and broken bones. A broken bone (called a fracture) in an older person can cause pain, hospital stays, or disability.

Review Date: March 11, 2013

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Preventing Falls: Conversation Starters

Use these tips to start a conversation with a loved one about preventing falls.

Review Date: April 18, 2012

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Protect Your Health as You Grow Older

Poor health and getting older don’t have to go together. You can do many things to stay healthy and active as you grow older.

Review Date: March 27, 2012

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Stay Active as You Get Older: Quick Tips

Stay active as you get older to lower your risk of health problems.

Review Date: April 03, 2012

National Health Information Center - NHIC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Eldercare Locator - Connecting You to Community Services

The Eldercare Locator is the first step to find local agencies that can help older adults and their families access home and community-based services including transportation, meals, home care, and caregiver support services.

Review Date: January 28, 2013

Administration on Aging

Eating Well As You Get Older: FAQ

Why do people lose interest in eating and cooking as they get older? What should I do if I don't feel like eating? I find it difficult to shop for food. Where can I get help? Find some answers here.

Review Date: March 05, 2012

National Institutes of Health - NIH
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

NIHSeniorHealth: Problems with Smell - Frequently Asked Questions

Find frequently asked questions about problems with smell in older adults. Questions cover what impact loss of smell can have on an older person's life, common causes of smell disorders, diagnoses, and more.

Review Date: November 30, 2012

NIH National Library of Medicine - NLM

NIHSeniorHealth Videos: Talking to Your Doctor

Medical appointments are getting shorter and shorter these days. To help you make the most of the time you spend with your doctor, these short videos emphasize the importance of bringing a list of questions and concerns to discuss during your medical visits.

Review Date: January 11, 2012

National Institutes of Health - NIH
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

10 Warning Signs: Your Older Family Member May Need Help

The Eldercare Locator has produced a guide of “10 warning signs” to help families and older Americans determine if help is needed. Any one of the behaviors listed may or may not indicate that an action should be taken.

Review Date: January 08, 2013

Administration on Aging

A Good Night's Sleep

Sleep patterns change as we age, but disturbed sleep and waking up tired every day is not part of normal aging. In fact, troubled sleep may be a sign of emotional or physical disorders and something you should talk about with a doctor or sleep specialist.

Review Date: April 30, 2012

NIH National Institute on Aging Information Center

A Home Fall Prevention Checklist for Older Adults- (PDF)

Falls are often due to hazards that are easy to overlook but simple to fix. This checklist will help you find and fix those hazards in your home.

Review Date: April 09, 2012

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Adult Day Care Centers: Finding the Best Center for Your Needs

This fact sheet describes the services provided by adult day care programs,the benefits to participants, and the costs and financial assistance available for services.

Review Date: January 15, 2013

Helpguide

Adult Day Centers: Alzheimer's Association- (PDF)

The Alzheimer's Association describes the range of services offered by adult day care programs, and offers helpful tips for selecting a center that can provide the best setting for your loved one with dementia.

Review Date: January 15, 2013

Alzheimer's Association

Aging and Your Eyes

Age can bring changes that affect your eyesight. But regular eye exams can help. With early detection, many eye problems can be treated and your risk of vision loss reduced.

Review Date: May 02, 2012

NIH National Institute on Aging Information Center

Aging, Medicines and Alcohol- (PDF)

This brochure tells older adults about possible problems related to the misuse of alcohol, prescription drugs, or over-the-counter drugs. It lists signs of misuse and suggests actions the elderly can take to avoid or deal with problems.

Review Date: April 11, 2012

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration - SAMHSA
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Alcohol Use in Older People

Alcohol may act differently in older people than in younger people and could become a problem. Learn about mixing alcohol with some medicines, and where to get help if you or someone you know wants to cut back or stop drinking.

Review Date: February 01, 2013

NIH National Institute on Aging Information Center

Benefits for Seniors of New Affordable Care Act Rules on Expanding Prevention Coverage

Find out what preventive and wellness services are provided free of charge by Medicare for seniors.

Review Date: January 28, 2013

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Can We Prevent Aging?

Views on aging are changing. Learn about research to identify benefits and risks of antioxidants, calorie restriction, hormone supplements, and other interventions to promote healthy aging.

Review Date: July 05, 2011

NIH National Institute on Aging Information Center

Caregivers' Guide to Medications and Aging

For older adults and people with disabilities, medications and herbal remedies/alternative medicine can be a double-edged sword. When not taken correctly, medications can have devastating consequences.

Review Date: May 28, 2014

Family Caregiver Alliance

Depression - National Institute on Aging

There are many reasons why depression in older people is often missed or untreated. The good news is that people who are depressed usually feel better with the right treatment.

Review Date: November 13, 2012

NIH National Institute on Aging Information Center

Depression in Older Adults

Many of the changes faced by older adults can lead to depression. However, depression is not a normal or necessary part of aging, and there are many steps you can take to overcome the symptoms, no matter your age or the challenges you face.

Review Date: November 13, 2012

Helpguide

Effects of Aging

Knowing what to expect and taking steps to counterbalance the effects of aging can help you maintain a young spirit and an independent life.

Review Date: January 28, 2013

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

Emergency Preparedness Tips for Older Adults

This publication offers emergency preparedness tips for older adults, including stocking an emergency medical kit, assembling a disaster supply kit, and more.

Review Date: March 26, 2013

AGS Foundation for Health in Aging

Exercise & Physical Activity: Your Everyday Guide from the National Institute on Aging

This guide contains valuable information about how exercise and proper nutrition are crucial for staying healthy as we age and provides useful tips on establishing and maintaining a regular exercise program.

Review Date: July 23, 2012

NIH National Institute on Aging Information Center

Exercise for Older Adults

Learn about the benefits of exercise for older adults. This document offers safe exercises to try, video clips, and instructions on how to chart your progress.

Review Date: July 23, 2012

National Institutes of Health - NIH
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Falls and Fractures

Follow these practical tips to help prevent falls in your home and outside.

Review Date: February 11, 2012

NIH National Institute on Aging

Falls and Fractures

Follow these practical tips to help prevent falls in your home and outside.

Review Date: February 11, 2012

NIH National Institute on Aging

Falls and Older Adults (Videos)

Learn how to maintain your bone health to prevent falls, how to modify your home for increased safety, what devices you can use to prevent falls, and more. This site also contains answers to frequently asked questions about falls, and a video featuring home safety tips.

Review Date: March 02, 2012

National Institutes of Health - NIH
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Food Safety for Seniors

Learn how to prevent foodborne illnesses by safely cooking and storing food at home, handling leftovers and take-out food, and more.

Review Date: July 11, 2014

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Forgetfulness: Knowing When to Ask for Help

This document discusses normal age-related changes in memory, as well as more serious memory problems, such as dementia. Tips for keeping your memory sharp are provided.

Review Date: October 14, 2014

NIH Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center, National Institute on Aging

Frequently Asked Questions About Aging Skin

This page provides answers to some common questions about the effects of aging, diseases of the skin in older adults, and treatments for aging skin.

Review Date: January 12, 2012

American Academy of Dermatology

Go4Life: Get Started

If you are an older adult trying to become more active, this page offers you a good starting point. It will help you figure out your current activity level and how to build slowly from there.

Review Date: January 25, 2012

NIH National Institute on Aging Information Center

Good Health Habits at 60 and Beyond

You might be able to feel as good as you used to (or even better) by picking up a few new good health habits.

Review Date: February 14, 2013

American Academy of Family Physicians

Hearing Loss and Older Adults

This fact sheets offers a checklist for hearing loss to help older adults determine if they should see a doctor, and discusses treatments and devices that can help.

Review Date: November 09, 2012

NIH National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

How Much Physical Activity Do Older Adults Need?

If you're 65 years of age or older, are generally fit, and have no limiting health conditions, follow these guidelines for important health benefits.

Review Date: July 31, 2012

Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity - DNPAO, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

Hyperthermia: Too Hot for Your Health

Find out how to lower your risk of heat exhaustion, syncope and heat stoke.

Review Date: March 26, 2013

NIH National Institute on Aging Information Center

Locate an Adult Day Center

Find adult day care programs throughout the United States by city, state or zip code.

Review Date: January 15, 2013

National Adult Day Services Association

Maintain Your Brain Campaign - Alzheimer's Association

There’s a lot you can do to help keep your brain healthier as you age. Find out why it is important to stay physically and socially active, adopt a brain-healthy diet, and more.

Review Date: March 07, 2013

Alzheimer's Association

Medicines and You: A Guide for Older Adults

As you age, it is important to know about your medicines to avoid possible problems.

Review Date: March 15, 2013

Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

National Clearinghouse for Long Term Care Information

Use this site to find information and resources to help you and your family plan for future long-term care (LTC) needs. Learn about long term care, including how and where to find services you need, as well as how to pay for services.

Review Date: February 21, 2013

Administration on Aging

National Institute on Aging: Get Ready, Get Set, Go!

Find out how you can stay active and healthy as you get older.

Review Date: May 22, 2014

NIH National Institute on Aging

National Institute on Aging: Get Ready, Get Set, Go!

Find out how you can stay active and healthy as you get older.

Review Date: May 22, 2014

NIH National Institute on Aging

NIHSeniorHealth

This web site has information on over 50 topics relating to the health and wellness of older adults. Within each topic there are sections containing general background information, open-captioned videos, short quizzes, and frequently asked questions (FAQs).

Review Date: March 26, 2013

National Institutes of Health - NIH
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

NIHSeniorHealth Videos

This page provides senior health information on topics such as Alzheimer's Disease, arthritis, balance problems, breast cancer, glaucoma, hearing loss, and more.

Review Date: July 11, 2012

National Institutes of Health - NIH
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

NIHSeniorHealth: Balance Problems

This overview on balance problems in older adults provides information on causes and prevention, symptoms and diagnosis, treatment and research, and frequently asked questions about balance and dizziness.

Review Date: March 22, 2013

NIH National Library of Medicine - NLM

NIHSeniorHealth: Hearing Loss - Frequently Asked Questions

This page links to frequently asked questions about hearing loss in older adults. Questions cover the types of hearing loss, the role noise plays in hearing loss, and more.

Review Date: November 09, 2012

NIH National Library of Medicine - NLM

NIHSeniorHealth: Problems with Taste

Loss of taste can cause a loss of appetite, especially in the elderly, which can lead to loss of weight, poor nutrition, weakened immunity, and even death. Learn about causes, prevention, symptoms, and treatment of problems with taste.

Review Date: November 30, 2012

NIH National Library of Medicine - NLM

NIHSeniorHealth: Shingles FAQ

This page links to frequently asked questions about shingles in older adults. Questions cover why shingles is so painful, and more.

Review Date: January 23, 2013

NIH National Library of Medicine - NLM

NIHSeniorHealth: Sleep and Aging FAQ

This document covers the consequences of poor sleep for older adults, common sleep disorders, and more.

Review Date: March 26, 2013

NIH National Library of Medicine - NLM

Presbycusis

Presbycusis is the loss of hearing that gradually occurs in most individuals as they grow older. This document discusses causes and strategies to help people with presbycusis..

Review Date: November 09, 2012

NIH National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

Preventing Falls at Home- (PDF)

If you want to stay in your own home for as long as possible, it is important to review this checklist for preventing falls.

Review Date: February 11, 2012

Administration on Aging

Preventive Services Checklist

Take this checklist to your doctor or other health care provider, and ask which Medicare-covered preventive services are right for you.

Review Date: November 14, 2012

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Safe Use of Medicines

Read this booklet for practical tips to make sure you are taking all your medicines the right way. Hear how other older adults practice medicine safety. Share this booklet with your family and friends.

Review Date: October 07, 2014

NIH National Institute on Aging Information Center

Senior Resources for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Find resources for independent living centers, nurisng facilities, and clubs geared to meet the needs of deaf seniors. Resources are listed alphabetically by state.

Review Date: February 01, 2013

National Association of the Deaf

Seniors and the Affordable Care Act

Learn how the Affordable Care Act strengthens Medicare and helps seniors take charge of their health.

Review Date: January 28, 2013

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Sexuality in Later Life

Normal aging brings physical changes in both men and women that sometimes affect the ability to have and enjoy sex. Read about changes that can cause problems and what you can do to maintain an active sexual life.

Review Date: February 23, 2011

NIH National Institute on Aging Information Center

Sleep Changes in Older Adults

Answers to questions about the sleep patterns of the elderly -- including sleep changes, restless legs syndrome, sleep apnea, and solutions to sleeping better.

Review Date: January 28, 2013

American Academy of Family Physicians

Staying Sharp: Successful Aging and Your Brain- (PDF)

We all know people who seem to blossom after 50, or stay sharp well into old age. Find out what steps you can take now to improve your brain fitness, regardless of your age.

Review Date: January 31, 2013

Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives

Testosterone Therapy: Key to Male Vitality?

Find out what's known — and not known — about testosterone therapy for normal aging.

Review Date: January 11, 2013

Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research

Videos on Shingles

Watch three short videos to learn about shingles and what you can do about it.

Review Date: January 23, 2013

National Institutes of Health - NIH
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

What Is Osteoarthritis? Fast Facts: An Easy-to-Read Series of Publications for the Public

This fact sheet is for people who have osteoarthritis, their families, and others interested in learning more about the disorder.

Review Date: July 25, 2012

NIH National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases - NIAMS

What to Drink as You Get Older

Staying hydrated is particularly important for older adults, as thirst regulation is sometimes impaired with aging. Watch this video to find out why water, unsweetened tea, and low-fat and fat-free milk are among the best beverage choices.

Review Date: January 28, 2013

National Institutes of Health - NIH
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

What You Can Do To Prevent Falls: Older Adults- (PDF)

Among older adults, falls are the leading cause of injury deaths. Older adults can take several steps to protect their independence and reduce their risk of falling.

Review Date: December 19, 2012

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - CDC
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

What’s On Your Plate? Smart Food Choices for Healthy Aging

Making wise decisions about what you eat as you get older is important. This guide to healthy eating, written especially for older adults, describes what you need to know about food groups, serving sizes, food labels, and more.

Review Date: April 01, 2014

NIH National Institute on Aging

What’s On Your Plate? Smart Food Choices for Healthy Aging

Making wise decisions about what you eat as you get older is important. This guide to healthy eating, written especially for older adults, describes what you need to know about food groups, serving sizes, food labels, and more.

Review Date: April 01, 2014

NIH National Institute on Aging

Winter Safety Tips for Older Adults

When the temperature drops, older adults run a high risk of health problems related to the cold-including hypothermia (dangerously low body temperature), frostbite, falls in ice and snow, and injuries. This document offers tips on preventing hypothermia and other winter hazards.

Review Date: June 18, 2012

AGS Foundation for Health in Aging

Yoga and Older Adults

Watch this short video to learn how yoga can help you to reduce stress and increase flexibility.

Review Date: May 22, 2014

National Institutes of Health - NIH
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services