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  • As You Age...A Guide to Aging, Medicines, and Alcohol - As we age, the need to take more and different kinds of medications tends to increase. Also, growing older means that our bodies respond differently to alcohol and to medication than when we were younger. (US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) [PDF File]

  • Expand Your Mind: A Healthy Habit for Healthy Aging - Just as physical activity keeps your body strong, mental activity keeps your mind sharp and agile. That's why it's important to continue to learn and challenge yourself - whether it's by learning a foreign language, switching careers or doing crossword puzzles. As one Japanese proverb states, "We begin aging when we stop learning." (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)

  • Getting Your Affairs in Order - No one ever plans to be sick or disabled. Yet it’s just this kind of planning that can make all the difference in an emergency. (US National Institute on Aging)

  • Good Health Habits at 60 and Beyond - Do you feel as good now as you did at 40 years of age? At 50? If the answer is no, read on. You might be able to feel as good as you used to or even better by picking up 1 or 2 new good health habits. It may seem like more trouble than it's worth to start doing something new. However, even small changes can improve your health. One small change you can make is to add some activity to your daily life. Another is to eat more fiber. (American Academy of Family Physicians)

  • Growing Older: Health Issues for Minorities - Over the next 40 years, the number of people age 65 and older will double, and the number of people age 85 and older will triple. Minority elderly, who now comprise almost 16 percent of the elderly population, are expected to grow to 22 percent of the elderly population in the next 20 years. (US Dept. of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health) [PDF File]

  • Older Adults and Injuries - Injury and violence are a serious threat to the health and well-being of Americans ages 65 and older.  Older adults are at higher risk for many types of injuries that can lead to death or disability. Through research and a wide range of activities, CDC's Injury Center is working to protect older Americans from the threat of injury. Below is a directory of links to more information about the types of injury and violence that pose the greatest threat to older adults in the United States. (US National Center for Injury Prevention and Control)

  • Oral Health for Older Americans - Older Americans make up a growing percentage of the U.S. population; according to the 2000 U.S. Census nearly 35 million are 65 years or older. By 2050, that number is expected to increase to 48 million. Oral diseases and conditions are common among these Americans who grew up without the benefit of community water fluoridation and other fluoride products. (US National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion)

  • Promoting Healthy Lifestyles: Mental Health - The most common late life mental health condition is depression and is treatable. Dementia can be created by prescription drug interactions or as a result of arteriosclerosis and can in most case be reversed. There is hope that in the near future dementia caused in later states of Parkinson’s disease and in Alzheimer’s can be arrested and even cured with treatment. (US Administration on Aging)

  • Role of the Geriatric Psychiatrist - A geriatric psychiatrist is a medical doctor with special training in the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders that may occur in older adults. These disorders include, but are not limited to, dementia, depression, anxiety, and late-life schizophrenia.  (American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry) Available in: Spanish

  • Safety for Older Consumers Home Safety Checklist - Each year, many older Americans are injured in and around their homes. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates that in 1981, over 622,000 people over age 65 were treated in hospital emergency rooms for injuries associated with products they live with and use everyday. (US Consumer Product Safety Commission) Available in: Spanish

  • Tips for Maintaining Your Independence: An Interview with a Mayo Clinic Specialist - Independence may be something you take for granted throughout most of your life. As you become older, staying independent can present more of a challenge. But aging doesn't have to preclude independence. (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)

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