Institute on Aging: www.ioaging.org/ — This is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving dignity, independence, and well-being of aging adults and people living with disabilities. One of their many services is a 24/7 hotline for seniors, staffed by volunteers trained to listen to the older generation. Many of the calls they take are from seniors who live alone and just want to talk to someone else besides themselves, the dog, or the TV.
Important facts about falls: www.cdc.gov/homeandrecreationalsafety/falls/adultfalls.html — Did you know almost 50% of older adults fall and never tell their doctor? This page on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website focuses on Older Adult Falls, with facts, figures, and advice about what to do after a fall—and how to prevent them in the first place.
Alzheimer’s Organization: www.alz.org — Alzheimer’s, the most common form of dementia, is a disease that attacks the brain. It’s also the 6th most common cause of death for people over the age of 75. This site offers education about the disease along with resources to help you identify and plan for its potential onset.
San Mateo Area Agency Aging: www.smchealth.org/general-information/area-agency-aging — San Mateo AAA is local agency registered with Department of Health, addressing the needs of seniors over 65, those with disabilities, and care-givers. They also provide important local contact information such as Ombudsman and legal assistance.
National Institute on Health: nihseniorhealth.gov — This national website is designed to provide families with health and wellness information tailored to needs of our older generation. With true stories about exercise and other health topics in both text and video form, it can be a great resource to start a conversation about planning for the future.
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