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Healthy Aging

Adopting healthy habits and behaviors, staying involved in your community, using preventive services, managing health conditions, and understanding all your medications can contribute to a productive and meaningful life.

There are a number of resources that can help you:

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Staying Active

Go4Life: Exercise and Physical Activity
Staying physically active is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Get help fitting exercise and physical activity into your daily life.

Older Drivers
Getting older does not necessarily mean a person’s driving days are over. Plan ahead to ensure you and your loved ones are safe on the road.

Aging at Home: A Guide for Home Improvements
Tips for modifying your home to be more accessible helps prevent falls and injuries, and provides peace of mind for you and those around you.

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Staying Connected to Your Community

Senior Corps
Senior Corp connects adults 55+ with the people and organizations that need you most. Find volunteer opportunities near you.

Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP)
SCSEP is a community service and work-based job training program for low-income, unemployed older Americans. See if you qualify.

Aging Network Volunteer Resource Center
Offers online resources, staff and volunteer training, and opportunities for leaders to exchange best practices to increase the number of older adult volunteers and enrich the experience of these volunteers.

National Center on Senior Transportation
Working to increase transportation options for older adults to support their ability to live independently in their homes and communities.

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Nutrition for Older Adults

Food and Nutrition
Nutrition is important at every stage of life. Find information and resources in your area to achieve good health.

Young at Heart: Tips for Older Adults
As you age, your body and life change. So does what you need to stay healthy. Healthy eating and regular physical activity are your keys to good health.

Meals on Wheels America
Meals on Wheels, along with more than two million volunteers, delivers the nutritious meals, friendly visits and safety checks that enable America’s seniors to live nourished lives with independence and dignity.

Nutrition for Seniors
Studies show that a good diet in your later years reduces your risk of osteoporosis, high blood pressure, heart diseases, and certain cancers. Get tips for eating for overall health.

What's On Your Plate? Smart Food Choices for Healthy Aging
Stay healthy with nutrient-focused guides for healthy eating and grocery shopping.

Weight Management
If you are overweight or obese, you have a greater risk of developing many diseases including Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and some types of cancer. Learn how to manage your weight successfully.

Food Safety for Older Adults
Adults 65 and older are at a higher risk for hospitalization and death from foodborne illness. Learn how to keep yourself safe.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
SNAP offers nutrition assistance to eligible, low-income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities.

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Locating Benefits & Finding Care

Benefits.gov: Your Path to Government Benefits
Locate benefits you may be eligible for using the official benefits website of the U.S. government.

Medicare.gov
Sign up for Medicare benefits, find out if a service is covered, submit a Medicare claim, and more.

Preventive Services
Medicare covers many preventive and screening services to keep you healthy and help find problems early, when treatment is most effective.

Compare Medicare Providers
Find physicians, group practices, hospitals, home health agencies, and dialysis facilities based on star ratings, services offered, and quality of care.

Medicare and the Health Insurance Marketplace
Learn about the Health Insurance Marketplace and your Medicare benefits.

Replacement Medicare Cards
Learn how to get a replacement Medicare card.

Medicaid.gov
Your one-stop-shop for Federal policy and program information about Medicaid.

Eldercare Locator
Using your ZIP code or city and state, find resources in your community that provide information and assistance for older adults and caregivers.

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Understanding Mental Health

Older Adults and Mental Health
It is not uncommon to experience mental health issues as people age. You don’t need to live with it, however. Learn more about depression in older adults.

Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator
Find a treatment facility for mental health issues near you.

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Brain Health

What is Brain Health?
Your brain changes as you age. It's natural. But the central mission of your brain never changes. Its job is to help you make sense of the world and oversee your daily operations and life.

Brain Health: You Can Make a Difference
It is important to keep your brain healthy as you age. Get information and guidance to help you make smart choices about your brain health.

Coping with Memory Loss
Everyone has mild memory lapses from time to time. Learn when it is time to discuss your memory lapses with your doctor.

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Diseases, Conditions & Injuries 

Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia
Find links to authoritative, up-to-date information from agencies and organizations with expertise in Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

Caring for a Person with Alzheimer’s Disease
This easy-to-use guide offers Alzheimer’s care information, advice, caregiver self-care, and where to find help.

Caregiving Tip Sheets and Resources
Caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease can have high physical, emotional, and financial costs. These tips can help caregivers become informed and find support.

Arthritis

Arthritis Advice
Arthritis is one of the most common diseases in the United States. Older people most often have osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or gout.

Cancer

NIH Senior Health: Cancer
Some cancers are more likely to occur with age. Read about breast cancer, colorectal cancer, prostate cancer, and more.

Cancer Facts for People Over 50
Cancer strikes people of all ages, but you are more likely to get cancer as you get older. Learn what cancer is, what to look for, and how it is treated.

Diabetes

Diabetes in Older People—A Disease You Can Manage
Diabetes is a serious disease that can lead to dangerous health problems, such as heart attack or stroke. There are things you can do, however, to take control and prevent problems.

Fall Prevention

Home Fall Prevention Checklist
Falling can cause severe, sometimes life-threatening injuries. Check to see how you can prevent falling in your home.

NIH Senior Health: Balance Problems
Balance problems are among the most common reasons adults seek help from a doctor. Learn more about balance problems, symptoms, and treatments.

Preventing Falls Among Older Adults
Each year, one in every 3 adults age 65 or older falls and 2 million are treated in emergency departments for fall-related injuries. However, many falls can be prevented.

Hearing

Hearing Loss
Hearing loss can have many different causes. Learn about common causes of hearing loss and when to see your doctor.

Heart & Lung Health

NIH Senior Health: Heart and Lungs
Many diseases can affect your heart, circulatory system, and lungs. Read about COPD, heart attack, lung cancer, and more.

Heart Disease
In the United States, the most common type of heart disease is coronary heart disease, which can lead to heart attack. Learn the signs and symptoms of a heart attack and how you can prevent it.

HIV/AIDS

Aging with HIV/AIDS
New medications and treatments have increased the life expectancy of people with HIV. Learn how aging affects living with HIV.

HIV: Know the Risks. Get the Facts.
HIV risk doesn’t stop at 50. In fact, men and women over age 50 account for 17% of all new HIV and AIDS diagnosis. Learn how to prevent HIV.

HIV, AIDS, and Older People
You may have thought HIV was something only younger people have to worry about, but anyone at any age can get it. Learn more about HIV/AIDS.

Vision

Aging and Your Eyes
Protect your vision and eye health as you age. Learn about glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration, presbyopia, detached retina, and other problems.

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Managing Medication & Treatment

Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage
Medicare offers prescription drug coverage to help senior citizens get the prescription drugs they need. Learn more about Medicare’s prescription drug coverage options.

Save on Drug Costs
If you meet certain income and resource limits, you may qualify for extra help from Medicare to pay the costs of Medicare prescription drug coverage.

Generic Drugs: Questions and Answers
Learn about generic drugs–from their safety to their effectiveness.

Pillbox: Identify or Search for a Pill
Use Pillbox’s image explorer to sort a variety of pills by color, shape, size, scoring, or the text printed on the pill.

Dietary Supplement Label Database
Check the full label contents of dietary supplement products sold in the United States.

Senior Vaccine Schedule
People 65 and older may need one or more vaccines, even if you received vaccines as a child or young adult. Learn more and then talk to your doctor about which vaccines are right for you.

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Content created by Digital Communications Division (DCD)
Content last reviewed on November 24, 2015
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