Links to Resources for Seniors

This 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.

Health Links

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.

https://www.therecoveryvillage.com/resources/elderly-resources/

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.

https://www.drugrehab.com/addiction/seniors/

https://americanaddictioncenters.org/rehab-guide/elderly/

https://www.addictioncenter.com/addiction/elderly/

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.

https://www.advancedrecoverysystems.com/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.

https://www.alltreatment.com/

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. http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,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.

https://www.tuck.com/sleep-aging/

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:  http://trishfindlay.com/alzheimers-care/

Medication Safety For The Elderly: A Guide For Patients And Caregivers
https://www.pfizer.com/files/health/medicine_safety/4-6_Med_Safety_for_Elderly.pdf
Overdose Response Guide: Awareness, Prevention, And Preparedness For Caregivers Of Addicts
http://www.drugrehab.org/overdose-response-guide/
The Ultimate Guide To Senior Nutrition
https://www.mwhomecare.com/senior-nutrition-and-eating/
The Benefits Of Cooking With Alzheimer’s: A Caregiver’s Guide
http://www.culinaryschools.org/blog/cooking-with-alzheimers/
Health: What To Expect In Your 70s And Beyond
http://www.aarp.org/health/healthy-living/info-2017/over-70-healthy-living-tips.html
A Guide To Downsizing For Seniors And Their Loved Ones
https://www.redfin.com/blog/seniors-guide-to-downsizing
Is My Elderly Parent Incompetent? What To Do If You’re Worried
http://betterhealthwhileaging.net/qa-possible-elderly-incompetence-what-you-can-do/
Senior-Friendly Remodeling
http://www.homeadvisor.com/r/senior-friendly-remodeling/
12 Ways To Help Seniors Avoid Social Isolation
http://samvednacare.com/blog/2016/04/27/12-ways-to-help-seniors-avoid-social-isolation/
Caretakers’ Guide To Moving Seniors Into A Facility
https://www.closetbox.com/resources/caretakers-guide-to-moving-seniors/

More 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

Disability Links

For some new disability links from Jennifer at Public Health Library – see post trishfindlay.com/disability-links

Ultimate Disability Accommodation Guide

Day to Day Living

Aging at Home: Common Problems and Solutions

As we get older, many of our homes no longer work as well for us. But most of us want to remain in the homes we love.

Fortunately, there are many solutions. There are trained experts in home modification all over the country. There are also new tools to address the specific issues of aging.

http://www.homeadvisor.com/r/aging-at-home-problems-solutions/

Looking for an adjustable bed? Best Adjustable Beds Brands Buyers Guide

Report compiled by US Consumer Affairs Research Team & gives good information on types of beds, suitability, surfaces, features of motors, controls, warranty and aesthetics to help you not be taken advantage of during your search. This is followed by reviews of many brands of beds.

https://www.consumeraffairs.com/furniture/adjustable-beds/#guide-features

From Elmer George of elderville.org, who says:
“As a senior who recently purchased a home and made significant modifications to it, I can’t tell you how much people like me (people of all ages, really) appreciate having easy access to info about buying and maintaining a home.” so here are his list of recommended links.

A Guide to Downsizing for Seniors and Their Loved Ones

Should You Own or Rent a Home in Retirement?

Saving for a Home Post-Bankruptcy: A Three-Step Guide for Families

7 Home Improvement & Remodeling Ideas That Increase Home Value (And What To Avoid)

How to Deter Burglars: Keeping Potential Robbers Away From Your Home

2018 Smart Home Technology for Seniors

Recently published is a guide about technology that helps seniors live on their own more independently. This guide is easily accessible, compatible with screen reader technology, and equipped with larger font making it very reader friendly. The optimized guide also lists all the latest and greatest technology for seniors who wish to age in place.

https://www.allconnect.com/blog/smart-home-technology-seniors/

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