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.


Drug withdrawal/detox process.
Several US studies show an increase in rates of substance abuse, overdoses, and suicides since the advent COVID-19 and a result there is a disturbing trend being seeing across the nation where people are trying to self-detox from drugs or alcohol. Without an appropriate level of awareness, this can lead to serious health complications – and even death. The following site has more information related to the drug withdrawal/detox process, especially relating to seniors.

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.

Find The Best Drug & Alcohol Rehab Center Near You. (US only)

Senior Alcoholism
From Sam Huss, Community Outreach Specialist at RehabSpot. Every senior has a right to physical and mental wellness, but some use substances to cope with changes presented by old age. For example, senior alcoholism is often overlooked since many symptoms of alcohol abuse are similar to those of dementia or Alzheimer’s. I’m working with Rehab Spot to provide free information on substance use and recovery 

Treating Alcoholism

Alcohol Rehab GuideAlcohol Rehab Guide is a public web guide sharing information on alcohol, addiction, and recovery with links to US reatment centers.  The ARG team is made up of individuals who have personal experience with alcohol addiction, and understand the importance of delivering top-notch resources and information. They are dedicated to helping people overcome alcoholism and achieve long-term sobriety.

Hear Jerry’s story, he almost died from his addiction; now he helps others get started on the road to recovery. 

Teenage Addiction
Most people who reach the age to be called “Seniors” also have children & grandchildren and always they have a worry that their young loved ones may be drawn into addiction, whether alcohol, drugs or any other sort of addiction.

Boris Mackey has sent me details of an excellent resource on teenage addiction rehabilitation that covers alcohol & drug rehab in the UK, information on treatments, addictions, mental health & other associated topics. 

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

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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

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  • Medication Safety For The Elderly: A Guide For Patients And Caregivers

Seniors’ health links from Richard Wright
From Jessica Fisher - Outreach Coordinator for

old-sick-manSee the article post here: is a leading source of free information and resources for mesothelioma victims and their families. They cover many topics such as: treatment options, symptoms, doctors, research, and how to find financial assistance.

For more information about treatment options,

From Jeffrey Haley, Engagement Team Manager as Mesothelioma.hub

Mesothelioma HubAn estimated 3,300 people are diagnosed with mesothelioma, a rare but virulent type of cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. While mesothelioma is one of the better-known diseases to come out of asbestos exposure, the group of carcinogens has also been known to cause different forms of cancer and other diseases. 

Therefore, we at Mesothelioma Hub are making it our mission to provide our resource to as many people as possible. If you or someone you know wants more information, chack out the following link:

From Paige Baker, Advocacy Associate at Mesothelioma Hope

At Mesothelioma Hope, we offer free resources that are reviewed by certified oncologists and provide detailed information about mesothelioma and its health impacts. Our mission is to raise awareness about cancer and other asbestos-related diseases such as mesothelioma.

From Jillian Miller, Mesothelioma Lawyer Center

Our website is and in addition to providing visitors with comprehensive mesothelioma cancer information, we also help asbestos victims recover money for medical treatment and other expenses.

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

See the article post here:

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.

The Mesothelioma Center

Lung Cancer


Lung cancer is now the most common form of cancer in the world, killing an estimated 1.8 million people in 2018. Yet, most of the public is unaware of the full extent of the disease, the causes and risk factors, or that there are different types.

It is the Lung Cancer Center’s mission to provide their resource to as many people as possible.

49 Key Lung Cancer Statistics

Over half of lung cancer patients are seniors – this site covers 49 need-to-know statistics including lung cancer causes, risk factors, early detection, survival rates, and more.

Disability Links

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

Ultimate Disability Accommodation Guide