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ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE

Whole Health MD
A great library of articles on complementary and alternative medicine developed by a team of leading board-certified doctors and specialists. Good searching tools.

HealthWorld Online
The original network for “wellness, healthy living, alternative therapies and mind-body-spirit” health.

 


ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE

Ageless Design
Includes a very useful and reputable daily news service that reports on all aspects of Alzheimer’s Disease.

Alzheimer’s Association
Provides information about Alzheimer's Disease, resources, research advances, publications, and events.

Alzheimer's Foundation of America
Offers services and support for people with Alzheimer’s and their families. Use the online directory to find a confidential testing site near you on AFA’s Memory Screening Day, a day devoted to the early detection of Alzheimer’s.

Caregiver Resource for Alzheimer's and Dementia Patients
Offers in-depth solutions for distinct issues facing Alzheimer's disease and dementia caregivers. Provides detailed medical and research information, warning signs, current treatment options and an Ask the Expert area with answers from AFA's team of licensed social workers.

Medic Alert + Safe Return
A 24-hour nationwide response service devoted to locating Alzheimer's patients and providing emergency medical attention. There is a fee for annual enrollment in the program.

PDF: A Guide to Disaster Preparedness
A printable resource for caregivers of Alzheimer's patients. Explains the steps that should be taken in the event of a disaster, including advanced preparations, evacuation procedures and tips for preventing agitation.

 


BRAIN HEALTH

Brain Bashers
Collection of brain teasers, puzzles, riddles, games and optical illusions updated regularly.

Brain Metrix
Brain training exercises to build memory, improve reflex, and "brain creativity."

Dr. Elizabeth Kim's Brain Fitness Center
Los Angeles-based center employs EEG Biofeedback to treat many different brain-related conditions.

Software for Your Brain
MindFit is the program we recommend for brain fitness. You may try it and decide whether or not to buy it at this site.

Neurobics
Keep your brain alive with cross-training exercises designed to create new neural pathways.

PositScience
This site's primary purpose is to support and sell the program, Brain Fitness 2.0. Also contains a wealth of general brain health information.

SharpBrains Brain Fitness Center
A comprehensive site with news and information about brain fitness. Includes the latest scientific information, physical and mental exercises, nutrition tips, industry events, products and resources.

Sudoku Online
Keep your mind active with "billions" of online Sudoku puzzles nicely organized into skill levels.

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Clemson University

Open to residents of the Upstate South Carolina area, this membership organization gives adults the opportunity to further their knowledge in both academic and recreational pursuits. Courses encourage group interaction.


BREAST CANCER

Ask a Breast Cancer Specialist
A brief but clear explanation of HER2 cancer, how it develops, and options for treatment.

CancerBackup.org
This British website provides up-to-date info on many kinds of cancer, with plenty of online support resources for people with cancer and their loved ones.

The Distinctive Nature of HER2-Positive Breast Cancers
This article from The New England Journal of Medicine gives in-depth info on trastuzumab (Herceptin), a drug that’s been highly successful in treating HER2 cancer.

BreastCancer.org
Includes the latest research news on HER2 breast cancer, plus specific ways to lower your risk.

 


CAREGIVING & NURSING

Elderpost
Elderpost is a website where caregivers and older people can find information on free and paid for services, agencies, non-profit and for-profit organizations, equipment, mutual support and volunteer opportunities.

online LPN to RN
Online resource for students listing every accredited Masters to Law school on the web. Find in-depth information about a LPN to RN Degree.

Caregrade.com
A site offering free, unbiased information about providers of assisted living, home health care, and other senior services. Search the extensive database by entering a zip code and either the business name or category. Reviews are available for some providers.

10 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Home Care Provider
This list is provided by Homewatch Caregivers, which offers services such as bathing
and dressing, meal preparation, transportation, reminding clients to
take medications, and caring companionship. They are located in 35 states across the U.S. and seven countries.

Dementia Care--Texas
Oasis Lifestyles provides an alternative for Senior Living.

WorkingCaregiver.com
Access senior-care help now and be referred to top-quality senior services and experts in all 50 states.

AgingCare.com
An online community for caregivers, this web site helps caregivers find support,
resources and information, as well as a place to connect with other caregivers.

Emergency Medical Alert, Alarm Systems
Offers emergency medical alert / alarm systems and monitoring bracelets for seniors and elderly. 


FITNESS

CaloriesperHour.com
Use this terrific calculator to count calories burned by almost any activity based on your body weight. Also includes a “weight loss calculator” and other tools and tips.

Fifty-Plus Lifelong Fitness
A senior fitness and health site that promotes exercise for people over 50 years old. Started at Stanford University, it has evolved into a non-profit organization which sponsors "50+ Fitness" events and provides some great information.

FitDay
Diet and exercise tracker that provides calorie and nutrition information. You can set a weight goal and keep track of your progress.

 


FOOD & NUTRITION

Tufts Health and Nutrition Letter
Excellent nutrition information based on the latest research from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University.

 


HEALTH

National Institute of Health
Great library of consumer health information on all topics.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration
FDA Consumer Magazine tells you how to “get healthy and stay healthy.” Good source for the latest FDA approvals of new drugs and warnings about existing drugs or supplements.

World Health Organization
Track the progress of Avian Flu as it slowly progresses your way. Rich with general health information as well as pandemic topics.

 


LAW

ElderLawAnswers
This site offers a storehouse of clear information on legal issues of concern to elders and their families, as well as access to a searchable database of pre-screened elder law attorneys who can help seniors with their legal needs.

 


LEISURE ACTIVITIES

MatureMusician.com
A web site serving the over-50 musician community.

 


 

MONEY

U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
Includes helpful advice for seniors on how to avoid identity theft and telemarketing scams, plus a mutual fund calculator and other tools.

New Retirement
Secure your future with this financial advice site for seniors.

 


NEWS

RedwoodAge
National news geared for the sensibilities of active boomers plus lifestyle, finance, politics, and some very good blogs.

 


SEXUALITY

MayoClinic.com
Offers professionally written articles and medical advice relating to the following sexual health topics: Erectile Dysfunction; Female Sexual Dysfunction; Sexuality and Chronic Pain; Cancer and Sexual Side Effects for Women; Cancer and Sexual Side Effects for Men; Menopause.

Blog: Better Than I Ever Expected
Written by Joan Price, author and ageless sexuality advocate, this blog provides an open forum to discuss the challenges and joys of older age sexuality.

Lifelong Sexuality
A general overview on maintaining sexuality.

Stories from Real Women
Inspiring testimonials from patients who have experienced sexual health problems. Source: The Medical Center for Female Sexuality.

The Women's Sexual Health Foundation
On this site, you may download educational pamphlets, read personal stories from other women, or subscribe to the Women's Sexual Health Journal. The Foundation also runs a blog, where they post news articles specific to women's sexual health.

Aging and Human Sexuality Resource Guide, from the American Psychological Association.
Primarily used as a resource for health professionals, this site lists over fifty journal articles and books written on the topic of aging and sexuality.

 


SUPPORT GROUPS

National Family Caregiver Support Program
Provides information, assistance, and relief both for caregivers of the elderly and for grandparents and other relatives caring for children 18 and under.

Rosalynn Carter Institute for Caregiving – Help for Caregivers

This helpful page lists several online resources, including help for new caregivers and spouses and partners of the disabled.

Elderpost

Elderpost is a website where caregivers and older people can find
information on free and paid for services, agencies, non-profit and
for-profit organizations, equipment, mutual support and volunteer
opportunities.

 


VITAMIN D

Dietary Supplement Fact Sheet
Published by the Office of Dietary Supplements, this site offers up-to-date information on current issues surrounding vitamin D, plus useful tips on preventing a vitamin D deficiency.

Vitamin D Council
Thoroughly examines the role of vitamin D in disease prevention, supported fully by in-depth studies. Just don't let the scientific talk intimidate you.

MayoClinic.com
Recommends dosage and grades the effectiveness of vitamin D when taken to aid in the treatment in more than 30 medical conditions.

Patient Handout from WebMD
Describes the uses, side effects, interactions, and precautions associated with taking vitamin D.

 


VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Family Friends
Sponsored by the National Council on Aging, this service connects seniors with families of children with disabilities and chronic illnesses.

Retired Technology Volunteers

This innovative program leverages the expertise of retired techies to help nonprofit groups. Projects range from short-term consulting to training staff to setting up online resources.

Senior Corps Programs
Sign up to become a foster grandparent or help a disabled senior with daily tasks. Launched during John F. Kennedy’s presidency, Senior Corps now has more than 500,000 volunteers. Must be 55 or older.


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