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Archive for the ‘Senior’ Category

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:

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:

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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:

United States Of Aging Resource Kit

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

What can you do in your community to help raise awareness of aging preparedness issues? How can you encourage seniors in your area to talk with their loved ones about preparing for their needs as they age?

The United States of Aging Resource Kit is designed to serve as a catalyst for ongoing discussions about aging preparedness within local communities. This virtual resource was created by the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (N4A), NCOA, and UnitedHealthcare.

National Resource Kit Resource Kit includes:

  • Introduction from Partners
  • National Sample Findings Presentation with Talking Points
  • National Sample Findings Fact Sheet
  • Health Preparedness Fact Sheet
  • Community Support Fact Sheet
  • Financial Security Fact Sheet
  • Aging Outlook Fact Sheet
  • Wired Seniors Fact Sheet
  • Aging Preparedness Discussion Guide
  • Template Newsletter Article
  • Social Media Content

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Clearinghouse for Home amd Community Based Services (HCBS)

Thursday, August 1st, 2013

National Association of State Units on Aging – Access information, tools, data, and other resources describing promising practices and evidence-based solutions for building programs to assist older adults and people with disabilities.

New NIHSeniorHealth topic: Healthy Eyes

Monday, July 1st, 2013

NIHSeniorHealth, a collaboration between the National Library of Medicine and the National Institute on Aging, has a new health topic: Healthy Eyes. Visitors to the site can access information on Tips for Healthy Eyes, Maintaining Your Vision and What To Expect During a Comprehensive Dilated Eye Exam.

NIHSeniorHealth Healthy Eyes:

The State of Aging and Health in America

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Provides national data available on 15 key health indicators for older adults related to health status, health behaviors, preventive care and screening, and injuries. Searchable by state and region.

America’s Health Rankings 2013 Senior Report Released

Friday, June 7th, 2013

The inaugural edition of America’s Health Rankings Senior Report, uses a variety of health, well-being, social and economic measures to develop a holistic portrait of health of the seniors (age 65+) in each of the states. America’s Health Rankings Senior Report shows Minnesota at the top of the list of healthiest states for older adults. Vermont is ranked second and New Hampshire is third, followed by Massachusetts and Iowa. Mississippi is ranked 50th as the least healthy state for older adults. Oklahoma, Louisiana, West Virginia, and Arkansas complete the bottom 5 states.

America’s Health Rankings Senior Report:

Prevent Blindness: Recognizing Age-related Macular Degeneration

Wednesday, June 5th, 2013

Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Week is June 3-7. Learn how Awareness Makes a Difference at Prevent Blindness America: Awareness campaign resources are now available: flyers, posters, fact sheet, suggested social media posts.

Senior Resources

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

The State of Aging and Health in America

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention  – Provides national data available on 15 key health indicators for older adults related to health status, health behaviors, preventive care and screening, and injuries. Searchable by state and region.  Available here:


The Older Population in the United States: 2011

U.S. Census Bureau  – Presents detailed tables on population 55 years and over by sex and age. Updated yearly. Available here: