People in the U.S. are living longer than ever before – an average of 76.3 years for men and 81.2 years for women, according to a December 8, 2016 report released by the National Center for Health Statistics. And the U.S. Census Bureau’s April 25, 2016 report shows that the current population includes 74.9 million Baby Boomers (ages 51-69).
Many seniors 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 healthcare provider know if you have any concerns.
Fortunately, there are things you can do to stay healthy and active as you age. Having a healthy lifestyle can help you to deal with normal aging changes. To help you seek out the best tips and advice for living a healthy lifestyle, as well as seek support if you or your loved one suffer from age-related ailments or diseases, we have chosen to share 10 top health and wellness websites for seniors. These are reputable sites, many of which we go to ourselves for information for our community blogs. Happy searching!
NIH Senior Health: The National Institutes of Health provides seniors with a range of health information on topics from A to Z, such as bone health, nutrition, exercise and more. There are exercise stories shared by older adults. Health videos offer up-to-date medical information, tips for healthy living, and inspiring stories of older adults who are coping with diseases or conditions of aging. And you can sign up to receive a regular email of free tips for healthy aging. Best of all, you can adjust text size easily from the top menu bar.
MedLine Plus Senior’s Health: This site is full of the latest senior health news, information on drugs and supplements, reference materials, prevention tips, and screening resources. There are health videos about the body’s anatomy and how diseases affect it. You can also access interactive health-check tools such as calculators, quizzes and questionnaires.
Senior Fitness: From anti-aging and nutrition to hormone management and fitness links, the team at Senior Fitness claims to continually research the latest science to formulate practical strategies to help you live a longer, healthier life, free of disease and pain.
Nutrition.gov Seniors: This site contains a wealth of information on healthy food choices and nutrition for seniors. This clearinghouse of articles and tips comes from such expert organizations as the United States Department of Agriculture, Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, Tufts University, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Dept. of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, and the National Institute on Aging.
Go60.us: This is a unique senior site that houses a stable of writers who are all age 60 and over. They write about what they have learned in their trek into senior-hood! The site boasts over 1,600 pages of articles and resources, with categories that include news, opinion, health, money, travel, advice, reflections, tech, humor, nostalgia, and yum! There is even a go60 mall where you can check out offerings for insurance, pharmacies and check ordering.
Very Well: Find credible advice about common senior health concerns like blood pressure, medications, healthy bones and joints, and more. This is a great site for caregivers as well, with information such as finding long-term care, and articles like “How to find the best doctor for your senior parents,” and “How to get Medicaid to pay your nursing home bill.”
Mayo Clinic Healthy Lifestyle/Healthy Aging: We all know about the Mayo Clinic, and their website is chock full of information and education on everything health related. The section on Healthy Aging has links to numerous senior-related topics, such as Overcoming resistance to care, Fall prevention, Home safety tips for Alzheimer’s caregivers, Long-term care planning, Memory-improvement tips, and even Sex and aging.
World Health.net: This non-profit website represents 26,000 physicians and scientists
from 120 countries worldwide. This Official Website of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine includes a free weekly e-newsletter you can subscribe to, articles, podcasts, videos, expert white papers, and a search tool to help you find anti-aging physicians, clinics, medspas, products, and services.
American Psychiatric Association: While not senior-specific, this website is a great place to learn about mental disorders that can affect aging adults, such as dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease, depression, and eating disorders. Each topic includes symptoms, risk factors and treatment options. Find answers to your questions written by leading psychiatrists, stories from people living with mental illness and links to additional resources.
Alzheimer’s Association: Stay up to date with the latest news on Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia, including recent research, blog articles, a navigator tool to help plan ahead for your needs, a forum for those with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers to share and receive support. There is even a dedicated section called Caregiver’s Center that offers support, advice and resources specifically for caregivers of those with Alzheimer’s or dementia.
And of course you can always find a host of information about CCRC senior living communities, also known as Life Plan Communities, on our Life Care Services website blog.
Our community offers experienced staff who are dedicated to helping seniors live a vibrant, engaged life. From fitness classes, nutrition assistance and community activities to scheduled group outings, personal transportation, and more, seniors can age in place with caring, professional staff, numerous amenities and activities, and assistance every step of the way.
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