People in the United States are living longer than ever before. Many seniors live active and healthy lives. But there's no getting around one thing: as we age, our bodies and minds change. There are things you can do to stay healthy and active as you age. It is important to understand what to expect. Some changes may just be part of normal aging, while others may be a warning sign of a medical problem. It is important to know the difference, and to let your healthcare provider know if you have any concerns.
Having a healthy lifestyle can help you to deal with normal aging changes and make the most of your life.
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- Seniors' Health, MedlinePlus
- MedlinePlus is the online news health information source from the National Institutes of Health. This directory includes breaking news on seniors' health issues and healthy aging as well as links to prevention and screening recommendations, myths about seniors and tips on eating well.
- For Older Adults, HealthFinder
- Healthfinder.gov is a directory of government and select private health resources. The "For Older Adults" section offers helpful resources for older people and their families.
- Founded in 1958, AARP is a nonprofit membership organization that promotes independence, dignity and purpose for people age 50 and older and works to enhance their quality of life.
- National Institute on Aging
- The National Institute on Aging, part of the National Institutes of Health, has numerous listings of national organizations that serve older adults. The NIA leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life.
- Health in Aging, American Geriatrics Society
- This website provides information from the American Geriatrics Society about health and aging. The site has information about common medical conditions, advance directives and much more.
- Colorado Falls Prevention Collaborative
- We are a statewide collaborative working to reduce fall risk in adults. Information is available on preventing falls, assessing the risk of falling, medication safety, exercises to reduce the risk of falling, and more.
Fort Collins is fortunate to have many agencies and resources for older adults and their families. In addition to supporting the programs listed below, the Loveland/Fort Collins communities are frequently named in national publications as great places to retire.
- Larimer County Office on Aging
- The Office on Aging provides funding to agencies that provide services for seniors in Larimer County, including congregate meals, transportation, legal assistance, caregiver support, and more. These agencies are referred to as funded community partners. In addition, the Office on Aging staff provides direct services and programs to older adults.
- Elder Care Network of Northern Colorado
- Find information on this site about the issues and challenges of caring for the elderly, including health, finances, long-term care and funeral services. It also looks at the responsibilities and expectations of caregivers.
- Aspen Club, University of Colorado Health
- The Aspen Club is a local club for people older than 50 through University of Colorado Health. This link provides more information about the club as well as schedules for health- or senior-related classes and screenings.
- Senior Center, City of Fort Collins
- This link provides information on the exercise facilities, classes and services offered through the Fort Collins Senior Center.
- Partnership for Age-Friendly Communities
- The Partnership for Age-Friendly Communities addresses the needs of older adults, raises community awareness of those needs, and fosters solutions that improve quality of life.
- Poudre River Public Library District
- Search the library collection for books about healthy aging and senior issues, or use the library's health, sciences and technology databases.
- Best Health Sites
- This collection of web links, organized by site type, will help you find the health information you're looking for.
- Health and Healthcare Statistics
- Looking for health and healthcare statistics at the local, state and national level? This collection of web links will help you find the health data you're looking for. Great for researchers, grant writers, students and the curious.