It is inevitable: we all get older. Aging, however, does not have to be a negative experience. We can make the most of getting older by eating right, exercising, staying positive, and taking care of our minds and bodies. Luckily, there are many excellent and free resources available online that provide sound advice to help us do all of this and more.
The Health in Aging Foundation has a wealth of information on aging including a list of health topics from A to Z. You can also check out a listing of healthcare professionals in your area who specialize in the care of older adults. There is also a page dedicated to medications older adults should avoid, as well as information on advance directives, informed consent, and end of life care.
This is a simple and easy to read website about what to expect as we get older and what to do to prevent some of the not-so-pleasant aspects of aging, including receding gums, constipation, and loss of bladder control. This website is formatted such that it can be printed out and shared with older family members.
No list of health information would be complete without mentioning MedlinePlus. Their Seniors’ Health website contains easy to read information on prevention and risk factors, treatments and therapies, videos, health check tools, and so much more. Many of the resources are also available in Spanish.
The National Institute on Aging (NIA) should be your go-to website for information on getting older and for information on caring for older adults. On the NIA website you can look for a caregiver, learn about how to maintain brain health, find a clinical trial, and read about end of life care. There is also an A to Z topics list.
You may not have realized that the State of Florida has a Department of Elder Affairs. The department’s website has useful resources such as a listing of elder care agencies by county, a list of senior programs and services available to Floridians, and a comprehensive consumer resource guide for older adults and their families.