Resource Links – Health

senior-men-walkingThis page is a list of resources for seniors that readers have recommended, sometimes because they are involved with providing the service but other times just because the resource had been helpful either to them or a friend or family member. The links below are direct links to the resource, but you can often find a post explaining how or why the link appears in this list.

Drug and Alcohol Treatment Resources for the Elderly
While substance abuse is harmful at any point in life, it is the most detrimental in old age. In tandem with an increasing number of life changes, seniors usually begin to supplement their health with more over-the-counter medications and prescription drugs, which can create harmful interactions in the body and spur addiction. And as a person grows older, the body’s ability to process each of these medications slows significantly. For this reason, seniors may become addicted to much smaller doses of prescription drugs than young people.

Here is a good resource to help raise awareness of the warning signs of substance abuse in the elderly and how to seek help.

Seniors & Addiction
Efforts to prevent drug abuse overwhelmingly focus on youth. However, older adults abuse drugs and suffer from addiction at rates similar to teens and young adults. As the baby boomer generation continues to age, the demand for addiction treatment for older adults will continue to grow.

Help for Addiction – Start the journey toward recovery

Signs of Addiction
Recognizing the signs of addiction is the first step to getting help for yourself or guiding someone you care about to rehab. For this reason, it is critical to have an understanding of the signs of addiction. There are behavioral, physical, and psychological signs of addiction.

Drug and Alcohol Treatment Centres
People often have a hard time locating local drug and alcohol addiction treatment options on the internet  “All Rehab Centers Near You” created a free treatment center locator that creates a local listing of all the addiction treatment centers in and around every community in the United States. Click ‘Allow’ on the Location Services Pop-Up to select your area.

Depression in the Elderly: 7 Ways to Help
Older people are at risk for depression, are underserved by the mental health profession, and have the highest rates of suicide in the country. But many seniors are resistant to treatment because they don’t want to burden their families, or equate depression with weakness or even death.,,20518814,00.html

Sleep and Aging – Senior Sleep Guide
Tuck Sleep is a community devoted to improving sleep hygiene, health and wellness through the creation and dissemination of comprehensive, unbiased, free web-based resources. Tuck has been referenced by Well + Good, Smithsonian Magazine, Harvard University and by many sleep organizations across the web.

Senior Sleep Guide - A Safe Sleeping Guide for Seniors

Good sleep is important for seniors for all the same reasons that it matters for the rest of the population. Although occasional sleep disruption is normal, regular disruption can make you sleep deprived. 

Thanks to Marie Villeza for these health and wellness-focused resources for seniors

Tips to Avoid Getting Overwhelmed by the Cost of Alzheimer’s Care – See the article post here:

Seniors’ health links from Richard Wright

The Most Common In-Home Injuries for Seniors and How to Prevent Them

Fire Safety for Elders with Special Health Needs

Preparing Your Home for a Loved One with Alzheimer’s: A Caregiver’s Guide

44 Crime prevention tips for seniors

Handicap Accessible Modifications That Won’t Turn Off Future Homebuyers

How To Garden Safely When You’re A Senior

From David Sides - Public Outreach Dept of The Pleural Mesothelioma Center

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Pleural mesothelioma is a deadly form of cancer caused from asbestos exposure. Due to the long latency period of mesothelioma, approximately 20-50 years, about 80% of those who are diagnosed with this terrible disease are seniors. This organization works 1-on-1 with these individuals to help them find local doctors, treatment centers and support groups.

Disability Links

For some new disability links from Jennifer at Public Health Library – see post

Ultimate Disability Accommodation Guide