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Depression & Suicide Prevention

Depression in Older Adults: Recognizing the Signs of Elderly Depression and Getting Treatment
Healthguide.org provides useful information on Are you Depressed, Signs and Symptoms, Causes of Elderly Depression, Self-Help for Elderly Depression, and Helping a Depressed Older Adult.

Depression and Older Adults
The National Library of Medicine provides information about Depression and Older Adults with topics on Causes, Symptoms, Exams and Tests, Treatment, Outlook (Prognosis), and When to Contact a Medical Professional.

Older Adults and Depression
The National Institute on Mental Health provides information about Older Adults and Depression, What are my Treatment Options, and Where can I find more Information.
Click Here for a PDF on Older Adults and Depression: Learn the Signs and Find Treatment.

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Exercise

Exercise for Seniors
The National Library of Medicine provides multiple sources of information on exercise for older adults, gathered from the National Institutes of Health, federal agencies and national health associations.

Exercises for Older People (PDF)
This 14 page booklet from the National Health Service has easy to follow drawings of exercises appropriate for older adults.

How Much Physical Activity Do Older Adults Need?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention answers the question of How much physical activity do older adults need? Information is also provided on Aerobic Activity and Muscle-strengthening Activities.

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Nutrition

Nutrition for Seniors
Compiled by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, this collection of resources for older adults includes information from the National Institutes of Health, federal agencies and national health associations.

Food and Nutrition Information Center
The National Agriculture Library created and maintains a nutritional resources including 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, Dietary Reference Intakes, and Evaluating Health Information.

Using the Nutrition Facts Table: A How-To Guide for Older Adults
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration provides older adults with an overview of the nutrition label on food containers, and what nutritional information is of importance for seniors.

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Oral Health

Dental and Oral Health: A Vicious Cycle for Seniors
Columbia University College of Dental Medicine discusses oral health concerns for seniors and gives tips on eating a healthy diet. Specific tips are provided for seniors who may have health concerns that interfere with diet and nutrition.

Eldercare at Home: Dental Problems
Healthinaging.org includes topics such as Understanding the Problem, When to Get Professional Help, What You Can Do to Help, Carrying Out and Adjusting Your Plan, and Checking on Progress. Additional links are provided for other resources.

Nursing Home Oral Health Care
The Academy of General Dentistry provides an article for family members of an older adult living in a nursing home. The webpage also includes links to other articles related to senior oral health.

Taking Care of Your Teeth and Mouth
The National Institute on Aging provides information for older adults. Topics include Tooth Decay, Gum Diseases, Cleaning your Teeth and Gums, Dentures, Dry Mouth, Oral Care, and Finding Low Cost Dental Care.

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Smoking Cessation

Quitting Smoking
The National Library of Medicine compiles sources on smoking cessation from government agencies and national associations. Information can also be provided in Spanish.

Quitting Smoking for Older Adults
The National Institute on Aging provides topics on Nicotine is a Drug; Breaking the Addiction; Help with Quitting; Cigars, Pipes, Chewing Tobacco, And Snuff Are Not Safe; Secondhand Smoke is Dangerous; and Good News about Quitting.

Seniors Looking to Quit Smoking Get More Help from Medicare
National Public Radio provides information on how Medicare can aid seniors in their efforts to quit smoking.

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Substance Abuse

Drug and Substance Abuse
Heath in Aging provides information on topics such as Basic Facts & Information, Causes & Symptoms, Diagnosis & Tests, Care & Treatment, and Lifestyle & Management. Use the links on the left menu bar to advance through this informational page.

Addiction in the Elderly
The Addiction Center provides an article on addiction in the elderly. Topics include Causes of Addiction in the Elderly, Challenges in Identifying Addiction in the Elderly, and The Dangers of Elderly Substance Abuse.

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