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 Healthy Aging Resources

IN OR NEAR QUINCY

Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital
Community health education events and screenings.

Milton Hospital
Offers ongoing community education programs designed to promote healthy lifestyles. Most lectures, screenings and workshops are free of charge.

Quincy Department of Elder Services
Provides free blood pressure screenings, hearing clinics, foot screenings, and flu clinics at the Kennedy Center, 440 East Squantum St. Also provides free medical transportation. For more information, please call 617-376-1245.

Quincy Health Department
Provides programs, clinics, and educational programs designed to prevent and control disease.

ONLINE

Health & Wellness Resource Center
Find information from a variety of health magazines, plus excerpts from health-related reference books. Material includes a medical dictionary, medical directories and reference books, consumer-oriented and professional health periodicals, and pamphlets issued by leading health organizations. For assistance accessing or searching this database, call the Thomas Crane Library at 617-376-1316.

USA.gov Health Portal
Information about health issues, medications, food and nutrition, health insurance and more.

Care About Your Care
Resources to help you assess the quality of your health care, like hospital and health plan ratings, plus tips for how to talk to your doctor, manage your medications, handle hospital stays and cope with conditions such as asthma, diabetes and heart disease.

Planning Your Doctor Visit
Tips on how to communicate with your doctor to gain effective care.

HEALTHBeat
Get weekly health information and advice from the experts at Harvard Medical School by signing up for their free weekly e-mail newsletter.

Healthfinder
A free guide to reliable health information, developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Includes an easy-to-use topic index of carefully reviewed health information from more than 1,500 government agencies, nonprofit and professional organizations, and universities

Medlineplus Senior Health Topics
A list of health topics for older adults and caregivers. Each topic includes a list of websites which give general overviews as well as information on how to handle specific conditions, legal problems, directories, etc. From the National Library of Medicine

Resources for Older Adults
Includes suggestions for getting back into a fitness regime, finding age-friendly fitness facilities and trainers, maintaining foot health, and walking for health. From the Association for Active Aging Professionals.

Senior Health
Over 700 websites subdivided by topic, including Alzheimer's and Dementia, Drugs, Caregiver Care, Nutrition, and more.

Staying Healthy at 50+
This guide describes ways that people aged 50 and older can stay healthy. There is information on healthy living habits, screening tests, and immunizations. “Printable Personal Prevention Charts” From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Aging Initiative from the Environmental Protection Agency
Includes fact sheets about environmental hazards for older people, including those affecting diabetes and heart health, in multiple languages.

Senior Health Risk Calculators
These calculators are a starting point for becoming an advocate for healthy aging. Use them to assess an existing concern or even to develop effective vocabulary for speaking with your doctor.

Drug Information Portal
Provides information about more than 12,000 drugs, including prescription and non-prescription drugs, dietary supplements, drugs of abuse, and investigational drugs. Searchable by generic or brand name, or browse resources by drug class or by audiences such as the public or librarians. From the National Library of Medicine.

WorstPills.org
An expert, independent second opinion for prescription drug information from Public Citizen's Health Research Group.

Seniors and Drug Use and Abuse
Facts about the predicted rise of drug use and abuse by senior citizens.

Guide to Rehab and Medicare
This is a resource guide for the elderly who are seeking information on how they can get treatment for drug and alcohol problems through Medicare.

Older Adults and Anxiety
How to identify and decided on treatment for older adults with anxiety problems.

Hospital Compare
This online tool will help you compare the quality of care hospitals provide. From the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

Cats & Seniors
Tips for finding a feline friend.

Pets for the Elderly Foundation
A public charity whose mission is to provide companionship to senior individuals through pet ownership, while saving the lives of companion animals in shelters.

Canine Caregivers for Alzheimer's and Dementia Patients
This guide includes information about the benefits a service or therapy dog can provide to those enduring some form of dementia.


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