Health & Fitness — Wilton Library
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Health & Fitness

AARP Health & Wellness
A recommended reading list, places to go on the Web, discussions, and information on a variety of topics of interest to older adults and their families.
Aging Parents and Elder Care
Includes a wealth of information — articles, comprehensive checklists and links to key resources designed to make it easier for people caring for an aging parent or elderly spouse to quickly find the information they need.
Alzheimer’s Association
The Alzheimer’s Association is the oldest and largest national voluntary health organization dedicated to research for the causes, cure, and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease and to providing education and support services to Alzheimer’s patients, their families and caregivers.
American Cancer Society
Includes general and professional cancer information, news from the world of medicine and information on the Society’s programs and events. Also available are links to promotional pages like the Great American Smokeout, Breast Cancer Network and Prostate Cancer Information.
American Diabetes Association
A magazine, recipes, information on nutrition and exercise, definitions, facts, and figures related to the disease are just a few features of this useful site.
American Heart Association
A site dedicated to providing information and education on fighting heart disease and stroke.
American Lung Association
This is the national website of the American Lung Association. With their medical branch, the American Thoracic Society, they provide programs of education, community service and advocacy. Topics include asthma, tobacco control, emphysema, asbestos, radon and ozone.
Arthritis Foundation
News, community, treatment issues, advocacy, events and more.
Exercise and Aging
From the National Institute on Aging, this guide explains why exercise is important as we age, health problems to look out for, what exercises are best, and how to design your own exercise plan.
Extended Care Information Network
The Extended Care Information Network database contains information on over 33,000 acute rehabilitation providers, retirement communities, and providers specializing in all levels of long-term nursing care as well as home health agencies. This database can help you research such providers/agencies by performing a search using criteria such as geographic location and type of care required.
FDA Information for Older People
Over 30 articles for older adults that offer practical advice on how to maintain health as well as cope with age-related medical problems. Topics include arthritis, cancer, nutrition, food safety, medical treatments, osteoporosis, and women’s health. From the Food and Drug Administration. is an educational news magazine focusing on issues related to gerontology and aging. Quizzes, Q&A and links to age-specific information on Alzheimers, diabetes, heart disease.
Hospice Foundation of America
Information on support groups, hospice care, a 1998 teleconference on grief, a newsletter and resource list are included here.
Medicare: The Official U.S. Government Site for Medicare Information
A consumer gateway to information about Medicare, a national health insurance program that covers 37 million Americans, mostly over age 65. Includes a managed care section that allows users to compare the benefits offered by Medicare managed care providers.
Merck Manual of Geriatrics
The Manual focuses on the medical problems and careof the elderly and is directed at health care professionals, but many older users and those caring for elderly relatives my find it useful. Sample topics include nutrition, sleep disorders, pharmacology, organ system disorders, sexuality, psychiatric disorder, legal issues and health insurance.
A list of pharmaceutical companies that offer patient assistance programs for those unable to buy necessary medicines.
Nursing & Home Care
Nursing & Home Care and its partner, Mid-Fairfield Hospice, provide professional nursing and support services, rehabilitation, counseling, health education, community wellness programs and hospice services for individuals and families in Fairfield County.
Nursing Home Compare
Search by zipcode or state, select the nursing home(s) that interest you, and view information on the home itself, the patients, or latest inspection results.
Osteoporosis Online
This well organized site covers the causes, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of osteoporosis. Some of the topics covered are calcium, menopause, bone fractures, and estrogen.
Rating America’s Nursing Homes
This special report from Gannett News Service features a searchable database of patient care quality ratings on 16,000 nursing homes across the U.S. as well as tips on choosing a nursing home, resources to learn more about nursing home care, and a list of the nursing homes with no violations in the last four years.
Senior Health
From the Open Directory – well chosen and organized links to health information for older adults.