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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

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

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

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

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

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

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: May 09, 2012

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

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

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

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

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

Review Date: February 02, 2012

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: 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: 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

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

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

Yoga and Older Adults

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

Review Date: January 29, 2013

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