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Food Product Dating Information and Factsheet

Friday, March 24th, 2017

“Best if Used By” is a type of date you might find on a meat, poultry, or egg product label. Are dates required on these food products? Does it mean the product will be unsafe to use after that date?Food-related illness can be quite serious, even life threatening, particularly for an older person. Understanding product dates is one way to help you make safe food choices about perishable foods you buy at the grocery store, like meat, poultry, eggs or dairy products. Learn more about food product dating from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA): https://nnlm.gov/bhic/lsfl

Screen for Life: National Colorectal Cancer Action Campaign

Monday, March 6th, 2017

The Centers for Disease Control’s Screen for Life: National Colorectal Cancer Action Campaign has fact sheets, brochures and posters to promote regular colorectal cancer screening tests among people over the age of 50. The materials are available in English and Spanish and can be downloaded or ordered in bulk.

Screen for Life: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/qitz

Protect Yourself from Health Scams

Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

The National Institute on Aging has information on protecting yourself from health scams, particularly for older adults as they are often targeted. Today, there are more ways than ever to sell untested products—online, TV, radio, magazines, and newspapers are just a few examples. Actors portray doctors and patients on infomercials. You might even get an email urging you to try a product. It can be hard to tell what’s an ad. The problem is serious. Untested remedies may be harmful. They may get in the way of medicines prescribed by your doctor. They may be expensive and a waste of money. And, sometimes, using these products keeps people from getting the medical treatment they need. Learn more here: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/f1g6.

 

Diversity Toolkit from US Administration on Aging

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

The AoA provides a Diversity Toolkit for the Aging Services Network and its partners to act as a starting point for conversations regarding how to better serve diverse populations of older adults. However, the toolkit also has appeal for other community organizations and institutions.  It assists “with every stage of program planning, implementation, and delivery of diverse population services.” The toolkit walks service providers through four steps – Assessments, Identifying Resources About the Community, Designing Services, and Program Evaluation – and the Diverse Community Questionnaire can be tailored for your specific communities to aid in each of the four steps. For more information about the toolkit, visit AoA Diversity webpage.

Memory Affected by Cancer Treatment

Saturday, February 4th, 2017

Many people are living longer with cancer because of major advances in diagnosis and screening as well as better treatments. But cancer treatment can have an impact on memory, sometimes referred to as “chemobrain.”

From NIHSeniorHealth.gov you can learn how cancer treatment can affect memory and find tips to help improve memory and concentration after cancer treatment, see https://nnlm.gov/bhic/lzjx.

The information on Surviving Cancer and memory was developed for NIHSeniorHealth by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) at NIH.

For more information from NCI, see https://nnlm.gov/bhic/3v0w

Climate Change, Health, and Populations of Concern

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

From the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):

“EPA has developed communication materials that summarize key points from the U.S. Climate and Health Assessment for eight different populations that are disproportionately affected by climate change impacts. The agency is providing these materials for use and modification for anyone seeking to communicate the health impacts of climate change to a range of audiences.”

The populations include:

  • Children
  • Older Adults
  • Indigenous Peoples
  • People with Disabilities
  • Pregnant Women
  • People with existing health conditions
  • Occupational Groups
  • Communities with Environmental Justice Concerns

For each population, there are downloadable files, including talking points, fact sheets and slides.

Climate Change, Health, and Populations of Concern: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/qq7d

 

Healthy You: Memory loss

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

This month’s Healthy You feature from the American Public Health Association addresses memory loss. Healthy You tipsheets can be shared at outreach events and other venues and are available in English, Spanish and “Quick Facts” versions.

Memory loss: Just a sign of aging, or something more? (Healthy You): https://nnlm.gov/bhic/0w8r

MedlinePlus has additional information about on the Memory health topic page: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/df61

NLM 4 Caregivers 2016 User Survey

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

Are you a family caregiver, or do you know or work with family caregivers? Take the NLM 4 Caregivers 2016 User Survey, and help National Library of Medicine to identify the kinds of health information most needed by family caregivers and the best ways to share this information.

The survey can be accessed at the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HXXNLGV

HIV and Older Adults

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

Over 1 million Americans are living with HIV and the number is growing. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 31% percent of people living with HIV nationwide are over the age of 50. Moreover, research indicates that by 2015 half of the people living with HIV in the U.S. will be over more than 50 years old.

With the advent of the 21st century, prevention of HIV has become an important issue for older Americans. Today, 17% of all new HIV/AIDS cases occur among people who have lived to the half century mark and beyond. It is clear that more needs to be done to inform individuals and aging network providers about the importance of educating older Americans about HIV prevention. Resources for older adults can be found at:

Aging in Place Technology Report 2016

Friday, October 28th, 2016

The marketplace for technology to assist aging adults in the Longevity Economy is expected to grow sharply from $2 billion today to more than $30 billion in the next few years, according to the updated report by Aging in Place Technology Watch, more likely to be based on customization of standard software than creation of senior-specific products. The report provides predictions about key technology trends for 2016 and beyond. Families, caregivers, and seniors will acquire new offerings as services that are combined with persuasive training on how to use it. To read the report, please visit: https://nnlm.gov/bhic/n6sy