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Wednesday, 01 June 2016

3 Trustworthy Health Websites Just for Older Adults

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When it comes to health information you only want the best so on the web it's especially important to be careful about your sources. The best information on health topics should be up-to-date and from authoritative sources like government organizations and top notch healthcare and research institutions. Here are three reliable health websites that are just for older adults.

Healthinaging.org
This website was created by the American Geriatrics Society's Health in Aging Foundation to provide consumers and caregivers with up-to-date information on health and aging. The content is based on resources that the American Geriatrics Society has developed for its professional members and is overseen by a team of experts. HealthinAging.org is a great resource for information on common diseases and disorders that affect older adults. On the website you will find:

  • an alphabetical directory on aging and health topics
  • a tool for finding a geriatric healthcare professional
  • Beers Criteria for Potentially Inappropriate Medication Use in Older Adults
  • links to resources that cover legal and ethical decision making
  • information on assisted living, home care, nursing homes, and community-based care

National Institute on Aging
The National Institute on Aging (NIA) is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NIA leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life. NIA is the primary Federal agency supporting and conducting Alzheimer's disease research. The website includes extensive information on Alzheimer’s disease and there’s an A-Z index of health topics for older adults. Free eBooks and factsheets are also available for you to download. NIA offers a Spanish-language website too.

NIH Senior Health
NIHSeniorHealth.gov is the health website for older adults that was developed by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM), both part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This site makes aging-related health information easily accessible. The American Geriatrics Society provides expert and independent review of some of the material found on this site. Health topics include general background information, videos, quizzes and frequently asked questions (FAQs). New topics are added regularly. The website's senior-friendly features include:

  • Consistent site-wide navigation
  • Topics consistently organized into logical chapter headings and sub-headings
  • Dark font against a light background
  • Large, sans-serif font
  • Ability to enlarge text and change contrast
  • Easy-to-click links, including search results

 

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