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Elder Justice Roadmap Project identifies elder abuse and calls for action

Friday, July 11th, 2014

Supported by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Elder Justice Roadmap was developed by harnessing the expertise of hundreds of public and private stakeholders from across the country and by gathering their input. The goal of these expert summits was to identify the most critical priorities and concrete opportunities for greater public and private investment and engagement in elder abuse issues. The Elder Justice Roadmap reflects the knowledge and perspectives of these experts in the field and will be considered by the Elder Justice Coordinating Council and others in developing their own strategic plans to prevent and combat elder abuse.

To see the complete HHS news release:

To visit the Elder Justice Roadmap website: offers new topic page

Friday, June 20th, 2014

The National Institutes of Health has released a new Web resource to help older adults stop smoking. Quitting Smoking for Older Adults, a new topic from NIHSeniorHealth, offers videos, worksheets, interactive features, strategies, quizzes, and more for older smokers who want to or are thinking of quitting.

To see the topic page, visit

Healthy People 2020 webinar: Optimal Aging for Older Adults

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

From Healthy People 2020:

“Older adults are at high risk for developing chronic illnesses and related disabilities. These include diabetes, arthritis, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and dementia. This webinar will explore optimal aging for older adults, with a focus on daily function and quality of life, including living with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Dementia is the loss of cognitive function—the ability to think, learn, and remember—to such an extent that people can no longer live independently. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia.

Please join us on June 19 at 12:30 p.m. ET for a Healthy People 2020 Progress Review featuring the Older Adults and Dementias, Including Alzheimer’s Disease topic areas. Progress Review webinars are focused on tracking and measuring the progress of select Healthy People 2020 objectives.”


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:

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:

Download a disaster preparedness guide for seniors. The guide was written by seniors who lived through a two-week winter power outage:

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:

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:

Additional information:


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    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”

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:

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.


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