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.
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.
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.
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
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
Overdose Response Guide: Awareness, Prevention, And Preparedness For Caregivers Of Addicts
The Ultimate Guide To Senior Nutrition
The Benefits Of Cooking With Alzheimer’s: A Caregiver’s Guide
Health: What To Expect In Your 70s And Beyond
A Guide To Downsizing For Seniors And Their Loved Ones
Is My Elderly Parent Incompetent? What To Do If You’re Worried
12 Ways To Help Seniors Avoid Social Isolation
Caretakers’ Guide To Moving Seniors Into A Facility
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
For some new disability links from Jennifer at Public Health Library – see post trishfindlay.com/disability-links
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.
From Elmer George of elderville.org, who says:
Learn Something New
Udemy - Build the life you imagine through online learning
Free Online Excel Training
SeniorLink’s online Computer Learning Centre
Free Online Computer Classes
GCF LearnFree.org wide range of Tutorials
And Have Some Fun While Learning