The following are just a few of the many sites to visit for information on senior health and wellness issues.
National Institute of Health
The National Institutes of Health (NIH), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the nation’s medical research agency—making important medical discoveries that improve health and save lives. Visit them at www.health.nih.gov.
International Council on Active Aging
The International Council on Active Aging (ICAA) is dedicated to changing the way we age by uniting professionals in the retirement, assisted living, fitness, rehabilitation and wellness fields to dispel society’s myths about aging. We help these professionals to empower aging Baby Boomers and older adults to improve their quality of life and maintain their dignity. Visit them at www.icaa.cc.
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NIH Senior Health
This easy-to-use website features basic health and wellness information for older adults from the National Institutes of Health. Use the buttons at the top of each page to make the text bigger, change text color, or hear the text read aloud. Visit them at www.nihseniorhealth.gov.
American Senior Fitness Association
The rapidly growing field of older adult fitness management is becoming more sophisticated — and more competitive. But you can keep pace and more. Today you have the opportunity to become one of a select group of leading professionals with exceptional careers in senior fitness. With SFA resources and services on your side, you’ll hold the keys to excelling in this exciting and quickly changing field. Visit them at www.seniorfitness.org.
Founded in 1958, AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50 and over improve the quality of their lives. AARP has offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. As a social welfare organization, as well as, the nation’s largest membership organization for people 50+, AARP is leading a revolution in the way people view and live life. Visit them at www.aarp.org.
Guide to Senior Living
Sharon O’Brien, MA, LPC, is a licensed professional counselor with a private practice in Portland, Oregon. The About.com Guide to Senior Living since 2004, Sharon is also a freelance writer specializing in the issues faced by people going through life transitions–as so many older adults are. Visit them at www.seniorliving.about.com.