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Health for Seniors

Here are some web sites that have health information especially prepared for seniors.

AARP (formerly the American Association of Retired Persons)
http://www.aarp.org
This site contains information on health, finances, leisure and advocacy for people 50 years and older.

Administration on Aging Elders & Families
http://www.aoa.gov/AoARoot/Elders_Families/index.aspx
The Department of Health and Human Services/Administration on Aging website is designed to assist older people and their families or caregivers to quickly obtain information on a variety of aging-related topics and government-sponsored programs.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid
http://www.medicare.gov/
Official U.S. government site for people interested in Medicare. Information on Medicare health plans, the Medicare drug benefit, Medigap insurance plans, links to state information and long term care, as well as online forms to request a Medicare replacement card, to change an address, or to determine eligibility.

Eldercare Locator
http://www.eldercare.gov/Eldercare.NET/Public/Index.aspx
This site will help find local agencies, in every U.S. community, that can help older persons and their families access home care, caregiver support services, transportation and meal services.

Mayo Clinic Senior Health Center
http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/healthy-aging/MY00374
Very readable articles on aging, conditions that often affect older adults, and healthy living.  There is a section on drugs and supplements.

Mesothelioma Center
www.asbestos.com
Features information on asbestos, mesothelioma, and other cancers caused by asbestos exposure, some of which is suffered by seniors.
www.MesotheliomaSymptoms.com

Provides answers and resources to people diagnosed with mesothelioma.

NIH Senior Health
http://nihseniorhealth.gov/
NIH SeniorHealth makes aging-related health information easily accessible for seniors, family members and friends seeking reliable, easy to understand online health information.  This source provides a trainer's toolkit for teaching health information to older adults and health videos. Buttons at the top of each page can enlarge text or enable user to hear text read aloud.

Senior Brigade
http://www.seniorbrigade.com
This website is a clearinghouse for information on consumer protection, financial matters, health care issues and veterans' services.  It provides a link to state and federal programs to help seniors make informed decisions.

Senior Living Map
http://www.seniorlivingmap.org
Senior and assisted-living locations.

Social Security Online Services
http://www.socialsecurity.gov
This government site enables seniors to apply for retirement, spouse's or disability benefits.  Seniors can also request a Medicare replacement card. Other features include a retirement estimator and a guide to Medicare drug plans.

USA.gov for Senior Citizens’ Resources
http://www.usa.gov/Topics/Seniors.shtml
Extensive links to local, state and federal government agencies and other organizations that provide services and programs for seniors. Links to consumer protection resources for seniors, money and taxes, end-of-life issues, health and housing for seniors, as well as retirement, travel and recreation information.