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Senior Health Information

Posted by on July 24th, 2017 Posted in: Health Literacy/Consumer Health, News from NLM, News From NNLM PNR, Public Libraries


As many of you know, the NIH Senior Health website will be discontinued as of August 1. As unfortunate as it is to lose this great resource, other senior health information resources do exist. Not all of these are National Library of Medicine (NLM) resources but do provide an array of information pertaining to aging and health for seniors themselves, for caregivers and for those whose work focuses on older adult concerns.

MedlinePlus provides information with a Seniors demographic group which includes a listing of health topics related to this age group.

The NIH National Institute on Aging provides a number of resources for Seniors. The Health & Aging tab includes links to:

  • A-Z health topics listing
  • Aging & Health news stories
  • Clinical Trial information
  • ADEAR (Alzheimer’s Disease and Education Referral Center) provides a variety of information for caregivers and providers
  • Go4Life- an exercise, nutrition, and safety resource to help motivate seniors to stay healthy
  • Health information in Spanish and other languages

American Indian Health provides culturally appropriate health information for elders.

NIHSeniorHealth YouTube Channel will continue to offer its 110+ videos about a variety of health and wellness information.

NLM4Caregivers provides links to health and other relevant information needed by caregivers to assist for a variety of needs.

National Resource Center on LGBT Aging provides training, technical assistance, and educational resources for providers, LGBT organizations as well as individual older adults. LGBT seniors and their caregivers will find this to be a valuable resource for help in locating community agencies that are sensitive and supportive.

Eldercare Locator is a service provided by the Administration on Aging. It connects older adults and their caregivers to local support services through state and local agencies as well as community organizations. It also provides tools and resources as well as an online chat with an information specialist.

Administration for Community Living (ACL) ACL includes the Administration on Aging.  People with Disabilities, Older Adults, Family & Friends section provides information that includes information to support older adults to be able to live where they choose, with the people they choose, and participate fully in their communities. Some other ACL sites include Eldercare Locator, OlderIndians.gov, National Center on Elder Abuse, LongTermCare.gov, Alzheimers.gov, and BrainHealth.gov

Sign up for the National Institute on Aging mailing lists for updates on health information relating to aging and older adults

Staff from NLM and the National Institute on Aging responded to questions submitted by the NNLM Network about NIHSeniorHealth’s retirement in the NNLM NER blog.

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Carolyn Martin is the Consumer Health Coordinator for the NNLM Pacific Northwest Region. She works with various libraries and community organizations to increase health literacy in their communities.

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