Skip all navigation and go to page content
NN/LM Home About Us | Contact Us | Feedback |Site Map | Help | Bookmark and Share

Archive for the ‘Senior’ Category

New resource from NIHSeniorHealth: End of Life

Monday, March 31st, 2014

From the National Institute on Aging, the National Library of Medicine, and the National Institute of Nursing Research:

“The latest addition to NIHSeniorHealth, the health and wellness website for older adults, the End of Life module provides visitors with information about the most common issues faced by the dying and their caregivers.

The End of Life module describes the physical, mental, and emotional needs of people nearing the end of life and suggests ways to maintain their quality of life, such as hospice and home care. It also addresses the often complex practical concerns that can attend death, including financial issues, advance directives, caregiver support, and more. Other topics include:

  • Addressing pain
  • Types and places of end-of-life care
  • Planning and paying for end-of-life care
  • Handling health care issues
  • When the end comes
  • Coping with grief
  • Research efforts”

NIHSeniorHealth-End of Life: http://1.usa.gov/1lfEX6t

Older Americans at greater risk in natural disasters

Monday, January 27th, 2014

A recent study in the American Journal of Public Health found that seniors are among the most vulnerable populations during natural disasters, including severe winter weather.

Read a Q&A with the study’s author: http://bit.ly/1eaq7Mv

Download a disaster preparedness guide for seniors. The guide was written by seniors who lived through a two-week winter power outage: http://rdcrss.org/1n6YkjL

New open online course on International Women’s Health & Human Rights

Monday, January 27th, 2014

A new 8-week, open online course is now being offered by Stanford University on International Women’s Health & Human Rights.

From the course description:

“This course provides an overview of women’s health and human rights, beginning in infancy and childhood, then moving through adolescence, reproductive years and aging. We consider economic, social, political and human rights factors, and the challenges women face in maintaining health and managing their lives in the face of societal pressures and obstacles.”

Read more about the course at Our Bodies, Our Blog: http://bit.ly/1easrD4

Fact sheets for communication with vulnerable populations during emergencies

Monday, January 27th, 2014

The Florida Department of Health has facts sheets for communicating with vulnerable populations during disasters.

Available fact sheets include information about:

  • Children’s Medical Services for Children with Special Health Care Needs
  • Economically Disadvantaged Persons
  • Elders 60 and Older
  • Engaging Volunteer Groups Serving Vulnerable Populations
  • Children in Foster Care/Child Welfare System
  • Homeless Persons
  • Individuals with Behavioral Health Concerns
  • Individuals with Extreme Obesity
  • Non-English Speaking Individuals
  • People with Hearing Loss
  • People with Visual Impairment
  • Persons with Alzheimer’s Disease or a Related Form of Dementia
  • Persons with Developmental Disabilities
  • Persons with Disabilities and/or Functional Impairments
  • Victims of Domestic Violence

Access fact sheets: http://bit.ly/1jB6AZg

Additional information: http://bit.ly/1eskIMX

 

Tooth Wisdom

Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

Oral Health America, a national non-profit organization working to educate Americans about the importance of mouth health to overall health and well-being  brings you Toothwisdom.org. http://bit.ly/1eDI6L8    It is  a first-of-its-kind website to connect older adults to affordable dental care and resources.

The site connects older adults and their caregivers to local care and education about the oral health issues they face, the importance of continuing prevention as we age, and the overall impact of oral health on overall health. Check out “Tips for Finding Free or Discounted Services for Seniors and Caregivers” http://bit.ly/1cf6gqp

Complementary Health and Older Adults

Monday, November 11th, 2013

The National Institute on Aging, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine and the National Library of Medicine, have collaborated on an NIHSeniorHealth Topic Page on Complementary Health Approaches.  The page includes information on Safety of Natural Products and Other Complementary Practices, Research, and how to Be an Informed Consumer.

Access the page: http://1.usa.gov/1fuOyDj

Resources from National Fire Protection Association

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Download and use the infographic “Tips on fire safety when using medical oxygen at home” to educate your patients and family members about fire safety at home. http://bit.ly/19i6DAJ

NEW!

Teach kids important fire-safety skills with Sparky’s Birthday Surprise, a new free app jam-packed with games, activities, coloring pages, and even a sing-a-long. With bright graphics and kid-friendly tappable animations throughout, this free app is aligned to Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and Math. Download NFPA’s free storybook app and eBook http://bit.ly/GH5ABK

October Issue of the Nation’s Health

Monday, October 7th, 2013

The October issue of the Nation’s Health, the monthly newsletter of the American Public Health, is now available online.

Stories include:

  • As senior population grows, aging in place gains popularity: Communities conducting outreach
  • Poverty taxes brainpower when financially strapped
  • Insurance marketplaces open for enrollment, navigators ready to help
  • Healthy You: Substance abuse–downloadable handout for the public in English and Spanish

Access these and other articles: http://bit.ly/17bIfyX

Video Game Training Improves Cognitive Control in Older Adults

Friday, September 20th, 2013

Researchers found that seniors who play a 3-D video game improve their ability to sustain focus and multitask successfully. The results highlight the potential of the aging brain to improve certain skills.

A team led by Drs. Joaquin A. Anguera and Adam Gazzaley from the University of California, San Francisco, examined the ability of seniors to multitask and improve their cognitive control—the ability to interact with a complex environment to accomplish a goal. The study, funded in part by NIH’s National Institute on Aging (NIA), appeared on September 5, 2013, in Nature.

Full NIH Research Matters post: http://1.usa.gov/18GuD3Z

Article in PubMed: http://1.usa.gov/15b6wK5

See Well for a Lifetime: New Toolkit from National Eye Institute

Monday, September 16th, 2013

The National Eye Health Education Program, a service of the National Eye Institute, has a new toolkit. See Well for a Lifetime is an educational series designed to help educate older adults about eye health.

Access the toolkit, educational modules and other materials here: http://1.usa.gov/17VCEzH