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Depression & Suicide Prevention

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Depression & Suicide

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Depression & Suicide Prevention

Depression in Older Adults and the Elderly: Recognize the Signs and Find Treatment that Work
This page provides useful information on depression, its causes, signs, treatment options, and links to related topics. From
Healthguide.org.

Depression: NIH Senior Health 
Navigate through this site using the links in the sidebar at the left. Topics include: About Depression; Causes and Risk Factors; Symptoms & Diagnosis; Medication; Psychotherapy; Electroconvulsive Therapy and other Brain Stimulation Therapies; Research; and Frequently Asked Questions. Other sources include Depression Videos, Quiz Yourself and links to related topics. Created and maintained by the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.

Older Adults: Depression and Suicide Facts 
From the National Institute on Mental Health, this site provides “A brief overview of the statistics on depression and suicide in older adults, with information on depression treatments and suicide prevention.”

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Exercise

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

Exercises for Older Adults (PDF)
This 16 page booklet from the University of Georgia has easy to follow drawings of exercises appropriate for older adults.

How Much Physical Activity Do Older Adults Need?
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention answers this question and give tips on how to acheive your exercise goals.
 

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Nutrition

Nutrition for Seniors - MedlinePlus Senior Health
Compiled by the 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.

Seniors Food and Nutrition Information Center
The National Agriculture Library created and maintains this nutrition resource for seniors and caregivers.

Using the Nutrition Facts Table: A How-to Guide for Older Adults
This useful guide from the Food and Drug Administration gives older adults an overview the nutrition label on food containers, and what nutritional information is of important for seniors.

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Oral Health 

 Dental and Oral Health: A Vicious Circle for Seniors 
Discusses Oral Concerns for Seniors and gives tips on Eating a Healthy Diet, with specific tips for seniors who may have health concerns that interfere with diet and nutrition. From Columbia University College of Dental Medicine.

Eldercare At Home: Dental Problems
Topics include: Understanding the Problem, When to Get Professional Help, What You Can Do to Help, Carrying Out and Adjusting Your Plan, and Checking on Progress. Also gives links to other resources on the Healthinaging.org web site.  

Nursing Home Oral Care
Short article from the Academy of General Dentistry for family members of an older adult living in a nursing home. Includes links to other articles on Senior Oral Health.

Taking Care of your Teeth and Mouth
Written for older adults, topic include Tooth Decay, Gum Diseases, Cleaning your Teeth and Gums, Dentures, Dry Mouth, Oral Care, Finding Low Cost Dental Care and More Information. From the National Institute on Aging.

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Smoking Cessation

 Quitting Smoking: MedlinePlus
From the National Library of Medicine, this site compiles sources on smoking cessation from government agencies and national associations. Also includes information in Spanish.

Smoking: It’s Never Too Late to Stop
Topics include Nicotine is a Drug; Breaking the Addiction; Help with Quitting; Cigars, Pipes, Chewing Tobacco, And Snuff Are Not Safe; Secondhand Smoke; Good News about Quitting; and More Information. From the National Institute on Aging.

 Seniors Looking to Quit Smoking Get More Help from Medicare
Short article from National Public Radio.

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Substance Abuse

Drug and Substance Abuse
Use the links on the left to advance through this informational page from Health in Aging. Topics include Basic Facts and Information; Causes & Symptoms, Diagnosis & Tests, Care & Treatment, Lifestyle & Management.

Substance Abuse in Senior Citizens: a Serious Problem
Short article for caregivers from the American Osteopathic Association, gives tips on how to identify prescription drug misuse.

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