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Health Care

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 Healthy Aging Resources


Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital
Free monthly wellness series and other community health education events.

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.

South Shore Hospital (Weymouth)
Provides a variety of classes and support groups.


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.

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.

Drug Information Portal
Provides information about over 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.

Health Reference 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.

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

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 over 1,500 government agencies, nonprofit and professional organizations, and universities

Home Health Compare
This website provides you with information on how well the home health agencies in your area care for their patients. From the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

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

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.

Using the Internet to Research Health Conditions
These omnibus sites offer the place to start for sound information and thousands of resources.

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

More Health & Medical Resources
Includes directory and rating websites for Massachusetts physicians and nursing homes.

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