Senior/Elder Health Resources (02)

Health Information for Seniors
With so many issues and conditions facing seniors, educating oneself and oneís caregivers can be essential. This site provides information from the U.S. government on a wide array of senior-related health topics such as Alzheimerís disease, elder abuse, arthritis and rheumatic diseases, falls, flu season, heart disease, dialysis, dental care, hospice care, substance abuse, mental health resources for seniors, nursing home comparisons, Medicaid, Medicare, food safety, exercising for seniors, emergency preparations for seniors, dietary guidelines for seniors, senior nutrition and plenty more senior health issues.

Health and Age: Elder Care Information
Stay on top of health-related news with regard to aging. Whether youíre young or old, the information here will not only educate you about various conditions, but give you information to help prevent getting various conditions. A section for caregivers is included for those taking care of senior citizens. There are plenty of articles updated daily, as well as health centers with information on topics such as Alzheimerís disease, digestive problems, diabetes, falls, hearing, heart health, depression, cholesterol, cancer, vision, urinary issues, strokes, sleep disorders, sex, weight control and more.

Seniors: Taking the Wheel Safely
Are you or someone you care for experiencing driving-related problems? As people age, a number of factors such as vision and response time can create danger on the road. Thatís why this site by the National Highway Traffic Safety ADministraiton (NHTSA)helps you assess if you or someone you care for should be on the road, how to improve elder driving safety and how to tell if itís time to rely on public transportation. The site covers driving skills, including adjusting mirrors in your car. It includes information on health and fitness as well, covering topics such as exercises, vision, medication and sleep, which affect senior drivers. There are quizzes to help people assess their driving capability and even emergency tips in the event of a crash.

TimeSlips: Memory Loss Made Imaginative
TimeSlips works with seniors to develop a ritual so people with memory loss can learn about their lives through the subconscious or implicit memory. It is based on shifting emphasis from memory to opening the imagination. Elders who have issues with communication can experiment with sounds, gestures, word fragments and sentences. It is geared towards those in the mid- to late stage of memory loss. Itís a group process that includes certified facilitators. Itís ideal for assisted living facilities to learn about. This inventive program inspires seniors to enjoy their lives and for others to see beyond the memory loss and see the strengths of those with dementia and improve the quality of life for those with dementia, and those who care for them.


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