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As we get older life seems to get better. There are also unique issues that arise in our senior years. Here are resources that will help you stay mentally healthy as you age.
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The Net helps you care for a loved one with Alzheimer's
Alzheimer's Caregiver Support Online is a state-of-the-art site to help caregivers.

Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s
Psychologists have discovered patterns of cognitive impairment in people who will leter develop Alzheimer's Diseasee. Their meta-analysis reveals that people often show early warning signs across several cognitive domains years before they are officially diagnosed.

A Good Marriage Protects Widowed from Depression
Widowed men and women who enjoyed good marriages are less likely than those whose marriages were bad to be depressed four years after their spouse's death.

How to talk with Someone who has Dementia
Forcing someone with Alzheimer's or another form of dementia to face reality can be a frustrating experience. Here are some alternative approaches that may ease the frustration.

Negative Emotions Mellow with Age
A large longitudinal study finds that we feel less negative emotion as life progresses.

Elderly Pain Complaints Tied to Life Satisfaction
How much an elderly person complains about pain, gastric symptoms and other body problems may be tied more to overall well-being and life satisfaction than to actual physical health, says new research.

News for Absent-Minded: How to Improve Your Memory
Are you concerned that you couldn't remember the name of the familiar-looking woman in the restaurant last night? You probably don't have much to worry about, says an internationally recognized Alzheimer's disease researcher at Saint Louis University School of Medicine.

Religious Faith may Protect Health of Mourners
A study of older adults found that loss of a loved one results in increased use of health services. Bereaved subjects who relied on religion to cope used outpatient medical services less frequently than those who did not rely on religious coping

Elder Abuse Prevention
Information from the U.S. Federal Government on how to prevent elder abuse, and how to report it in the U.S.

Do We All Lose Our Minds as We Age?
Information about Alzheimer's Disease and other dementias.

Higher Education or Larger Brain size may Protect against Dementia
Higher education or a larger brain may protect against dementia, according to new findings by researchers. The 2003 study provides important new evidence that either more years of formal education or better early brain development may help delay dementia in later life.

Age-Related Changes in Brain's White Matter Affect Cognitive Function
Age-related changes in the brain -- the appearance, starting around age 60, of "white-matter lesions" among the brain's message-carrying axons -- significantly affect cognitive function in old age.

Factsheet on Disabilities and Aging
As the population ages, more of us will have illnesses and chronic conditions that limit their ability to carry out ordinary tasks. Find out some things that can be done to maintain our health.

American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry
An organization dedicated to promoting the mental health and well being of older people and improving the care of those with late life mental disorders. Their site includes excellent brochures in English and Spanish.

Alzheimers Disease Fact Sheet
Information about this form of dementia from the U.S. government's Administration on Aging.

American Bar Association Aging Resources
A collection of aging resourcs from the American Bar Association, including information about advance directives.

Senior Health at About
Marian Eure helps you with health care issues as you age. Find lots of resources here.

Aging 101
Information on aging designed for school teachers and students. Older adults can benefit too.

Overlooked and Underserved: Elders in Need of Mental Health
Information about mental health issues in the elderly.

Access America for Seniors
Information and resources for seniors provided by the Social Security Administration.   New, an electronic newsletter.

Administration on Aging - Elder Rights
A o A provides a wealth of information including lists of Area Agencies on Aging.

American Geriatrics Society
A multidisciplinary organization for professionals in the field of aging. Literature is available.

Consumer Guide for Assisted Living
The National Center for Assisted Living provides information on selecting an assisted living facility.

Psychotropic Drugs in Nursing Homes
Appropriate Use of Psychotropic Drugs in Nursing Homes. The authors outline the HCFA guidelines and the clinical use of psychotropic drugs with the elderly.

AARP
For those 50 and over, a membership organization providing advocacy, information and services.

Assisted Living Federation
Assisted living facility options are listed on this site.

Consumer Guide for Assisted Living
The National Center for Assisted Living provides information on selecting an assisted living facility.

Locate an Elder Law Attorney
A resource from the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.

ElderWeb
Many regional and national resources ranging from housing to finances.

Genesis Eldercare
Information for families interested in learning about the company's services and facilities for older adults.

Geriatric Consultant Resources
Company specializing in the educational and research needs of physicians, pharmacists and other health professionals responsible for providing pharmacotherapy to the elderly in senior care settings.

Long Term Care Provider Site
Described as a community for professionals, this site includes headlines, products, training resources, on-line catalogs and career center.

Aging With Dignity
The Five Wishes advance directive document helps you express how you want to be treated if you are seriously ill and cannot speak for yourself. A video is available through this site highlighting the importance of advance care planning.

National Alliance for Caregiving
The National Alliance for Caregiving is a non-profit joint venture, created in 1996 to support family caregivers of the elderly and the professionals who serve them.

Caregiver.com
Caregivers conferences, a discussion forum and back issues of Today's Caregiver Magazine are available through this site.

Caregiver.org
This organization provides resources focused on caregiving, advocacy updates and disease-specific information.

Concerned about a Senior's Ability to Manage Money?
If your parent is having trouble managing money, he or she is not alone. An estimated 500,000 older people in the United States need help with their financial affairs. As a result, a new field is evolving to provide daily money management services on a fee-for-service basis.

National Alliance for Caregiving
This organization is dedicated to supporting family caregivers of the elderly and the professionals who serve them. Includes a searchable caregiving resource directory.

National Family Caregivers Association
Information is available via this site including Ten Tips for Family Caregivers, Caregiver Self-Advocacy: Four Messages to Live By, and A Guide to Improving Doctor/Caregiver Communications.

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