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Online Resources: Health Topics for Seniors

We are living longer than ever before. Many of us live active and healthy lives. But there's no getting around one thing: as we age, our bodies and minds change.  Some changes may just be part of normal aging, while others may be a warning sign of a medical problem. It is important to know the difference, and to let your health care provider know if you have any concerns.


The following organizations and resources provide access to information you can trust:

MedlinePlus: Older Adult Health

MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health's website for consumers and their families and friends. The site provides information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand. The information is reliable, unbiased, and up-to-date. 

National Institute on Aging: Health Information

The National Institute on Aging, one of the 27 Institutes and Centers of NIH, leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life. Also, it is the primary Federal agency supporting and conducting Alzheimer's disease research.

Common Health Conditions and Aging at Home

Chronic illness may impact a senior's ability to live at home. Your family history, age and lifestyle play a large role in your risk for certain health conditions. However, a large number of health concerns for seniors can be prevented or the progression slowed by making smart, healthy choices and visiting your doctor for regular screening. The following resources provide access to some of the more common health problems in the elderly:

Taking the pulse of an older patient
Checking Blood Pressure
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