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Aging

Data

Healthy Aging Data

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has an interactive site on national and state data on Healthy Aging:

Healthy People 2020

  • Healthy People 2020 has a list of objectives and goals surrounding the older adult population:

State and Community Examples

Calls to Action

  •  Resources of preventative strategies and interventions

 NIA Health Information 

  • National Institute on Aging has data on several topics related to aging including healthy eating, dementia, and caregiving 

Massachusetts Health Again Collaborative 

  • Includes data, programs, and resources 

United States of Aging Survey

  • From the National Council on Aging. Survey of topics related to older adults and professionals who work closely with them   

Facts of Aging 

  • A quiz and answer sheet about commonly held beliefs about aging

 

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Communicating with Older Adults

Tips

All of the principles on this page apply to older adults as well, but here are some additional tips for communicating with this population.

  • Beware of the tendencies to stereotype older adults or use patronizing speech.
  • Sit face-to-face and speak clearly 
  • Minimize background noise
  • Ask open ended questions and LISTEN
  • Address your older patient/client even if a companion is in the room
  • Engage in shared decision making
  • Ensure recommendations make sense to your patient/client's specific living situation
  • Verify comprehension - your own and theirs.

(adapted from The Gerontological Society of America's Communicating with Older Adults: An Evidence-Based Review of What Really Works)

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General

Methods and Recommendations

Cognitive Health + Aging 

Data 

National Institute on Aging: Cognitive Health and Older Adults

  • Guide to maintain cognitive health 

2019 Facts and Figures on Alzheimer's Disease 

  • Latest data from the Alzheimer's Association including prevalence, mortality, morbidity, costs, etc.  

Brain Health Resource ToolKit (NIA)

  • Evidence-based resources about the aging brain 

 

Cognitive Health + Aging Activities

Brain Games     

  • Online games that may help improve memory, mental speed, and reasoning skills 

 

Activities for People with Alzheimer's Disease

  • Suggested list of activities from AARP 

 

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Cognitive Health + Aging Handouts 

Alzheimers versus Normal Again 

  • Information for patients from the Alzheimer's Association 

 

Cognitive Aging (National Academy of Sciences) 

  • Guide on cognitive aging for older adults and families 

Cognitive Impairment and Dementia: A Practical Guide to Daily Living for Family Caregivers  

  • Tips and strategies for family caregivers of older adults with cognitive impairments 

Nutrition for Older Adults

Physical Activity for Older Adults

Evidence

Handouts

Guide to Exercise and Physical Activity: National Institute on Aging  

  • Instructional booklet with information on how to create a exercise routine and examples of physical activity geared towards older adults         

Chair Exercises for Older Adults: University of Georgia  

  • Packet of different exercises that an older adult can do while seated

Activities

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Mental Health for Older Adults

Medication Safety + Management 

Tracking Medications

  • Worksheet from the National Institute of Health to help identify and track medications

Medications' Effect on Older Adult Brain Function 

  • Brochure discussing the cognitive side effects of medications 

Safe Use of Medication for Older Adults 

  • Information for older adults from NIA 

Reducing the risk of adverse drug events in older adults.

  • Article discussing risks of poor medication management in older adults 

Health Communities and Aging in Place

Library Resources

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Books 

Videos 

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