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- Medical Directories and Search Engines
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- Alzheimer's Disease (Awesome Library)
Provides articles. 7-04
- Golf Carts for Streets (Awesome Library)
Provides sources of street golf carts. Street golf carts may comply with new federal standards for use on public streets. Local laws will need to be checked to see if a vehicle compies with laws in your neighborhood. 6-01
- Parkinson's Disease (Awesome Library)
Provides articles. 6-03
- Tricycling (Awesome Library)
Provides sources of tricycles and quadcycles (four-wheels) for adults. These cycles can provide safe transportation and exercise, as well as haul items. Safer from falls, more comfortable, and more powerful than a bicycle. If a fuel cell is added for additional power on hills, these cycles might provide good general transportation that is very inexpensive. 6-01
- Awesome Talking Library (Awesome Library)
Converts online text into spoken words through the Awesome Talkster program. Awesome Talkster has one of the clearest synthesized voices on the Web.
Converting online text into speech has many uses. For example, Talkster can speak online stories or books to children while an adult supervises. The voice can be put in "Boy" or "Girl" mode to add a character with a bubble over his or her head. The bubble will show each word as it is spoken and the voice can be put on "slow" for your child to follow. Talkster can thereby assist your child in learning how to pronounce words while reading.
Talkster is also useful for adults. It can speak news articles to you in one open browser while you are searching for information in another browser window.
For persons with visual impairments or poor coordination, Talkster can be navigated with keystrokes.
The Web can be navigated using a version of Awesome Library in a different language, such as Spanish, while using a voice for that language that is available through the Awesome Talkster. Links to different language versions of the Awesome Library are available at the bottom of most Awesome Library pages. Links to free voices for different languages can be found on the Awesome Talking Library's help page. 9-02
- Coupons for Discounts (Awesome Library)
Provides coupons for discounts in thousands of retail stores. Also includes a coupon for a free 8x10 JCPenney portrait, including a free sitting, for Awesome Library visitors. 06-06
- -02-18-06 Study: Sick Spouses, a Warning to Be Careful (MSNBC News)
"A husband or wife with a debilitating illness can hasten your own death, a study suggests."
"The researchers blame the stress and the loss of companionship, practical help, income and other support that can occur when a spouse gets sick." 02-06
- -04-19-08 Study: Old Age Is the Happiest Time (Time.com)
"That's according to eye-opening research that found the happiest Americans are the oldest, and older adults are more socially active than the stereotype of the lonely senior suggests." 04-08
- -04-29-08 Study: Nursing Home Costs Are Up (Time.com)
"Costs for nursing homes, assisted living facilities and some in-home care services have increased for a fifth consecutive year, and could rise further if a shortage of long-term care workers isn't resolved, a new study indicates."
"The study found that the average annual cost for a private room in a nursing home rose to $76,460, or $209 per day, this year, a 17 percent increase over the $65,185 cost in 2004. Nursing home costs this year ranged from $515 per day in Alaska to $125 per day in Louisiana, the study found." 04-08
- -09-02-07 Essential Medical Screening (CBS News)
"For most of the diseases we're going to talk about screening for, many patients wouldn't have any symptoms at all to alert them that there was a problem. So routine screening allows you to make a diagnosis before symptoms arise and early enough to actually be able to do something about it." 09-07
- -10-24-07 Seniors Sleep Worse and Other Myths of Aging (USNew.com)
"To researchers’ great surprise, it turns out that sleep does not change much from age 60 on. And poor sleep, it turns out, is not because of aging itself, but mostly because of illnesses or the medications used to treat them." 09-07
- How Older People Continue to Learn (New York Times)
"Over the past several years, scientists have looked deeper into how brains age and confirmed that they continue to develop through and beyond middle age."
"Many longheld views, including the one that 40 percent of brain cells are lost, have been overturned. What is stuffed into your head may not have vanished but has simply been squirreled away in the folds of your neurons."
"Recently, researchers have found even more positive news. The brain, as it traverses middle age, gets better at recognizing the central idea, the big picture. If kept in good shape, the brain can continue to build pathways that help its owner recognize patterns and, as a consequence, see significance and even solutions much faster than a young person can."
"The trick is finding ways to keep brain connections in good condition and to grow more of them." 01-10
- -Prevention of Major Medical Problems With Diet (Fisher)
Provides recommendations to combat osteoporosis, cancer, heart disease, and Alzheimer's Disease with diet. 9-05
- -Study: Berries Stave Off Memory Loss (CBS News)
"Berries might provide a safe and easy way to boost brain power, a new study suggests. The study from Harvard researchers shows eating berries could stave off the cognitive decline and memory loss that comes with aging." 04-12
- 15 Ways to Take Care of Elderly Parents (U.S. News)
"According to the Family Caregiver Alliance, the number of "unpaid family caregivers" is set to reach 37 million by 2050, an 85 percent increase from the year 2000. You can help your parents stay happily independent as long as possible if you start those tough conversations now and do some thorough preparation." 08-08
- Alternative Nursing Home Care (PBS News Hour -Dentzer)
Describes an alternative type of nursing home that includes animals, many plants, children, and "home cooked" style meals. This style of nursing home is called the Eden Alternative. "In long term care, love matters, and institutions cannot provide it." 4-02
- Arthritis (About.com - Eustice)
Provides core reference resources for arthritis. 3-01
- Back Pain (DrKoop.com)
Provides information on diagnosis of disc problems associated with lower back pain, including MRI procedures for locating ruptured discs. 5-00
- Bracing for Falls (New York Times)
"As the population ages and people live longer in bad shape, the number of older Americans who fall and suffer serious, even fatal, injuries is soaring."
- Cancer - Research on Cancer and Foods (Fisher)
Provides recommendations to reduce susceptibility to cancer through diet.
- Care Giving Suggestions and Fact Sheets (Family Caregiver Alliance)
- Caregiving Issues Related to Seniors (Family Caregiver Alliance)
- Cell Phones for Seniors (U.s. News)
"Not all of us want or need the vast power of today's wireless wonder wands, despite fast-growing demand for smart phones. Seniors, in particular, lag in adopting cellphones. And that's a potential tragedy, say advocates for the aged. The Senior Coalition recently urged seniors to quit viewing cellphones as a luxury but as a wireless lifeline to emergency help." 07-08
- Changes Coming in Medicare (ABC News)
"The Medicare open enrollment period kicked off this Monday and seniors can expect to see significant changes in their plans as the new health care law takes shape." 11-10
- Cognitive Decline May Start at 45 (Time.com)
"A new study of British civil servants shows that cognitive skills such as memory and reasoning are already declining, typically, among people as young as 45." 01-12
- Cycle Cars (RhoadesCar.com)
Describes the product. The one-person, four-wheel cycle weighs 75 pounds and is 37 inches wide. Has an optional 36 gear drive, canopy, lights, padded seat with armrests, and more. Has four wheel suspension for off-road driving. Designed for comfort and stability, not speed. Awesome Library does not endorse these products, but only provides them as examples. Sometimes called four wheel or four-wheel bicycles. 6-01
- Editorial: Stimulus Package for Seniors (U.S. News)
"How about the reinvention of our communities to fit the needs of an aging population? That's an infrastructure program even more important than repairing bridges, sewers and roads. By spending billions of dollars to stimulate the economy today, we will improve the way society supports our parents and grandparents tomorrow. Let's call it the Sustainability for Seniors Act (think of it as the new SSA)."
According to two academics, Maurizio Antoninetti and Mario D. Garrett, 'Communities are not prepared for an aging population, especially in the areas of transportation, housing, land-use planning, public safety, parks and recreation, work force development and volunteerism/civic engagement.' 02-09
- Electric Tricycles (Awesome Library)
Describes tricycles, quadricycles, golf carts, and other forms of transportation that may be appropriate for seniors. 1-04
- Exercise May Reduce Symptoms of Menopause (MSNBC News)
"Though the research is still thin, many health experts say even moderate exercise can help relieve the problems of menopause in some women, including anxiety, insomnia and night sweats." 06-06
- Fitness for Seniors (U.S. News)
"We'll analyze where people are with some basic field tests. Can the person stand on one leg? Can he or she squat? It's a very simple assessment. Then we'll take it from there and build until people are comfortable. I might first just make a target on the floor and say, stand right in the center of that and do a single-leg balance. We might progress to a pad that's an inch off the ground, then, in three or four workouts, be bouncing on the BOSU ball [a piece of equipment that looks like a beach ball cut in half]. That's like play, and that's the goal. We hear the first part of 'working out' and it becomes a turnoff for older folks. They've worked hard all their lives!"
- Getting Medical Care Like Doctors Do (Wall Street Journal)
"Doctors don't want to die any more than anyone else does. But they usually have talked about the limits of modern medicine with their families. They want to make sure that, when the time comes, no heroic measures are taken. During their last moments, they know, for instance, that they don't want someone breaking their ribs by performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (which is what happens when CPR is done right)."
br>"The case of CPR is instructive. A study by Susan Diem and others of how CPR is portrayed on TV found that it was successful in 75% of the cases and that 67% of the TV patients went home. In reality, a 2010 study of more than 95,000 cases of CPR found that only 8% of patients survived for more than one month. Of these, only about 3% could lead a mostly normal life." 02-12
- Going Abroad for Surgery (U.S. News)
Provides a consumer's guide to medical travel. 04-08
- Growing Old Together in a New Kind of Commune (New York Times)
"Opting for old age on their own terms, they were starting a new chapter in their lives as residents of Glacier Circle, the country's first self-planned housing development for the elderly — a community they had conceived and designed themselves, right down to its purple gutters." 02-06
- Growth of the Elderly Population in the U.S. (PBS News)
"By 2050, more than 32 million Americans will be over the age of 80, and the share of the 80-plus generation will have doubled to 7.4 percent. Across the 34 OECD countries, the share of people over the age of 80 is projected to grow even faster, from 4 percent today to almost 10 percent in the same time period."
"While more and more elderly people will still enjoy active, healthy lives and contribute to society, many are likely to have at least one chronic condition. Today, three out of four Americans aged 65 years and older have to cope with health concerns such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer or chronic respiratory diseases."
"The biggest impact will be on their families. Across OECD countries, more than one in 10 adults over the age of 50 takes care of aging family members. Almost two-thirds are women, and their work is usually not paid." 05-13
- Happiness Comes with Age for Many (ABC News)
"In his latest study, carried out with Heather Lacey, a postdoctoral fellow with the Veterans Administration's Ann Arbor Healthcare System, Ubel found that most people are happier in their later years than they were when they were young, although they may not have expected that to be the case." 06-06
- Health and Happiness After 70 (Guardian Unlimited - Hill)
Describes the results of a study on happiness and age. The surprising result was that persons over 70 are the happiest. 11-01
- Heart - Angina (National Library of Medicine - Medline Plus)
Provides information on diagnosis and treatment. 11-99
- Heart Muscle Regenerates (National Institutes of Health - Roberts)
Provides a very technical description of a major medical finding, that a heart can repair itself after a heart attack. Before this, scientists and doctors believed that heart muscles could not be restored after they were damaged in a heart attack. 6-01
- Hockey into their 80's (CNN News)
"At age 80, Lewis' team now is the the Quincy Bald Eagles, a group of senior players who meet three times a week at a local ice arena outside Boston, Massachusetts." 06-09
- Memory Loss and Vitamin B12 (New York Times)
"As we age, our ability to absorb B12 from food declines, and often so does our consumption of foods rich in this vitamin. A B12 deficiency can creep up without warning and cause a host of confusing symptoms that are likely to be misdiagnosed or ascribed to aging." 12-11
- Memory Loss that Is Not Alzheimer's Disease (Caring.com)
"It's hard not to think of Alzheimer's disease when memory loss or a memory lapse darkens your day. After all, Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia are constantly in the headlines -- and of the more than five million affected Americans, 200,000 are under age 65. But many other situations can also produce this worrisome symptom." 05-11
- Mistakes Siblings Make in Caring for an Elderly Parent (U.S. News)
"Although it's rare for siblings to share parent care equally, it's a family responsibility, says Russo. Not treating it as such 'will haunt you' later on, she says. Even if you live far away from your ailing parent, you can still help out." 01-10
- Multiple Sclerosis - Fact Sheet (Family Caregiver Alliance)
"Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is one of the most commonly occurring chronic neurological diseases. MS affects the central nervous system (CNS)—the brain and spinal cord—and is thought to be caused by a disorder of the immune system, or auto-immune disorder. About 400,000 people nationwide, and possibly 2.5 million people worldwide, have MS. The disorder affects people of all ages, but onset is most likely to occur between the ages of 20 and 40. Women are twice as likely as men to develop MS." 1-04
- New Lenses Have Adjustable Focus (CBS News)
" 'Superfocus' glasses change the strength of their liquid lenses, enabling you to see different distances by moving a tiny, adjustable lever." 5-02
- OSHA Compliance in Long-Term Care (Stericycle - Best)
"The Occupational Safety and Health Administration pays particular attention to LTC facilities to ensure that they comply with safety and health standards." 01-10
- Obesity Is Now the Top Preventable Health Problem (Rand - Cook)
Provides results from a study that shows that more people are now have health problems as a result of excess fat than from smoking, drinking, or conditions related to poverty. 6-01
- Oldest Body Builder (ABC News)
"At 73, Ernestine Shepherd is in better shape than most people decades her junior. Up at 3 a.m. every morning, she spends her days running, lifting weights and working out other senior citizens at the Union Memorial United Methodist Church in Baltimore. She also works as a certified personal trainer at her gym." 04-10
- Program to Help Prevent Ageism (CBS News)
"As CBS News Correspondent Mark Strassmann reports, it's a common gripe among seniors: that doctors practice age-ism, often treating older patients like children." 2-04
- Prostate Cancer (Awesome Library)
Provides resources on prostate cancer. 02-06
- Putting Off Knee Surgery (New York Times)
"For years, people with worn-out knees were told to wait as long as possible before opting for replacement. Wait until you are older, the thinking went, so the joint will outlive you."
"But medical experts say doctors and patients are pushing the limits of their old joints too far." 11-08
- Reflux - Gastroesophogeal Reflux Disease (Merck)
- Regular Exercise Can Reduce Risk of Dementia (MSNBC News)
"Older people who exercise three or more times a week are less likely to develop Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia, according to a study that adds to the evidence that staying active can help keep the mind sharp."
"Researchers found that healthy people who reported exercising regularly had a 30 to 40 percent lower risk of dementia."
- Seniors Dating (MSNBC News)
"More middle-aged people than ever are single, and they're finding the rules have changed. STDs and Internet dates. Aging bodies and kids at home. Who knew?" 02-06
- Seniors Need to Work Out (US News)
Harris, though, is the exception to the rule. Despite the age-defying benefits of getting fit, seniors are the least physically active of all Americans—40 percent of women and 30 percent of men over 70 report that they never exercise. Beyond protection against heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers, numerous studies suggest that regular exercise can lower the risk of decline—the dementia, the frailty—that spells the end of independence. Brisk walks around the neighborhood make a great start. But more is needed to prevent falls and retain strength and mobility. In August, the American College of Sports Medicine and the American Heart Association issued new exercise guidelines for seniors that call for several workouts a week incorporating resistance training, stretching, and balancing as well as aerobics. 10-07
- Seniors Resources (Krueger and Associates)
Provides information on housing, finance, and insurance for seniors. 10-09
- Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs) and Seniors (Time.com)
" 'It used to be that you encourage parents to talk to their kids," says Lee, "but now we're encouraging kids to talk to their parents — and grandparents.' " 07-08
- Tips for Dating After Age 50 (U.S. News)
"Dating can be an unnerving experience at any age. But dating after age 50 presents a unique set of challenges." 02-09
- Cancer (Healthfinder)
Rated the number three education site by Web 100. 1-04
- Medical Literature Guide for Professionals (AMEDEO)
Provides individualized selection of medical journals for keeping up with a topic, such as Parkinson's Disease or Alzheimer's. Includes individualized emails with links to abstracts. Sometimes visitors misspell as Altzheimer's.
- Senior Leisure Activities (Senior.com)
Rated the number one education site by WEb 100.
- Longevity (Northwestern Mutual)
Provides life expectancy, based on factors that you provide. 1-04
- Seniors - Hip Protectors (Plument.com)
Provides pads to help prevent broken hips in senior citizens. Awesome Library does not endorse these products but lists them as examples. 11-02
- Seniors Online (Age of Reason)
Provides opportunities for senior citizens to host each other for inexpensive travel, find other seniors, and find other senior citizen links.