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Senior Health Resources

See also: Fitness & Nutrition, Long Term Care and Medicare

These are resources geared specifically to health issues of aging. For general resources, go to our Health resources.

Selected Books & Audio-Visuals

Bludau, Juergen
Aging, but Never Old: The Realities, Myths, and Misrepresentations of the Anti-Aging Movement
QP86.B57 2010
Written by an eminent geriatric specialist, this book will educate readers about the specialty of geriatric medicine and discuss most important medical issues an older adult will face, explaining them in layman's terms and through the use of case examples.
Dinubile, Nicholas A. M.D.
Framework for the Lower Back
RD771.B217 D56 2010x
In this series there are two books: A 6-Step Plan for a Healthy Lower Back and A 6-Step Plan for Treating Lower Back Pain. If you are finding that your lower back hurts after a weekend lifting grandchildren, try these books for tips on strengthening it.
Gloth, Michael
Fit at Fifty and Beyond: A Balanced Exercise and Nutrition Program
RA777.5.G56 2009
As we grow older, many of us prepare for our future retirement, but fail to prepare for the lifestyle changes we need to make in order to remain healthy and fit. As a result, we often find ourselves overweight and out of condition as we enter our fifties and beyond.
The Johns Hopkins Medical Guide to Health After 50
The latest recommendations from the Hopkins specialists with over 100 full-color illustrations, a 20-page body atlas, an easy-to-use A-Z format.
RA777.5.J635 2005x
Palmer, Robert
Age Well!: a Cleveland Clinic Guide
RA777.6.P35 2007
Sears, William, MD. and Martha Sears, RN.
Prime-Time Health: A Scientifically Proven Plan for Feeling Young and Living Longer
RA777.5.S43 2010
Sears explains how the body ages and suggests many things you can do to minimize its ill effects. He also explains the effects of foods, drugs, excercise, etc.
Weil, Andrew
Dr. Andrew Weil's Healthy Aging (DVD)
(DVD) QP86.D73 2006x
In this PBS special based on the New York Times bestseller, Weil, a popular doctor of alternative medicine, offers practical advice for staying healthy while aging, including exercise, anti-inflammatory diet, and positive mentality. Includes a 12-step plan for healthy aging.
Weil, Andrew
Healthy Aging: A Lifelong Guide To Your Physical And Spiritual Well-Being
QP86.W445 2005
You can read the book, listen to the book on CD or download the audiobook to your MP3 player!
Whyte, John
Is This Normal?: The Essential Guide to Middle Age and Beyond
RA777.5.W49 2011
More than 78 million American adults are nearing the age when unexpected aches and pains, weight gains, sudden illnesses, and confusing mental changes begin to occur. Dr. John Whyte, chief medical expert at Discovery Channel, provides practical answers for the most common age-related health issues.

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Web Sites

  • AARP: Health
    Topics include: Healthy Living, Conditions & Treatments, Doctors & Hospitals, Insurance & Medicare, Long-Term Care
  • Aging Skin Net
    This information site from the American Academy of Dermatology covers such topics as What is Aging Skin?, Aging Skin Treatment, Cosmetic Procedures, Spider Veins, Hair Loss & Treatment, Skin Cancer, Choosing a Dermatologist, and Aging Skin FAQs.
  • Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral (ADEAR) Center
    Information about Alzheimer's disease and related disorders from the National Institute on Aging (NIA), one of the National Institutes of Health under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
  • American Stroke Association
    This website covers topics such as "learn about stroke", "life after stroke", and Heart and Stroke encyclopedia.
  • Arthritis Foundation
    In their resources section you will find information on diet, supplements, vitamins, exercise, living with arthritis. Included is their publication Arthritis Today.
  • DrugWatch
    It’s important for everyone to know the risks of prescription drugs and medical devices before they are taken or implanted. This is especially true for seniors.
  • InfoAging
    Get the latest research on healthy aging from the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR). This site, which is directed towards the general public, offers a Disease Center where you can check the latest information on age-related diseases; a Biology Center where you can explore the mysteries of the biology of aging; and a Lifestyle Center where you can find out what you can do to live healthier, longer. A good source for recent health news.

  • Merck Manual of Geriatrics
    For Professionals. You can browse the manual via the table of contents or via the index as well as search the manual by keyword.
  • MySeniorCare
    Timely and professional information on home health, senior assisted living, hospice care and more.
  • National Osteoporosis Foundation
    Providing medically sound information on the causes, prevention, detection and treatment of osteoporosis
  • NIH Senior
    Health information for seniors developed by the National Institute on Aging and the National Library of Medicine, both part of the National Institutes of Health.
  • New York Times: The New Old Age Blog
    The purpose of The New Old Age, was to explore the problem of parents who are living to an increasingly old age and in need of care. In fact it seems to cover issues of interest to aging baby boomers.
  • NPR - National Public Radio
    It is surprising the number of aging-related articles that NPR airs
  • USA.Gov for Seniors: Health
    Topics of interest to seniors that link to information and services at various federal agencies

Pittsburgh Resources

  • Allegheny County Department of Human Services: Older Adults
    The Allegheny County Area Agency on Aging (ACAAA) offers programs and services for older adults ranging from the more independent to those who are frail and require assistance to remain at home. By calling the SeniorLine (412) 350-5460, you can reach professional care managers who can assist with information and referral on ACAAA services and community programs.
  • Arthritis Foundation, Central & Western Pennsylvania Chapter
    The Arthritis Foundation offers programs and services to those with arthritis, including an Arthritis Self-Help Course, a Home Assessment Program, exercise classes, and support and education groups.
  • Late Life Depression Evaluation and Treatment Center
    The Late-Life Depression Evaluation and Treatment Center at the University of Pittsburgh provides information and treatment for depression, anxiety disorders, and insomnia in older Americans.
  • Life Pittsburgh
    LIFE Pittsburgh (Living Independence For the Elderly) is a health care and supportive service program designed as an alternative to nursing home care for seniors in the Pittsburgh area.
  • Southwestern Pennsylvania Area Agency on Aging
    Develops and manages the overall (state-sponsored) service system for the older adults of Fayette, Greene, and Washington Counties.
  • University Center for Social and Urban Research: Gerontology
    This center at the University of Pittsburgh regularly publishes studies dealing with Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, and Southwestern Pennsylvania.
  • University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health
    Center for Healthy Aging

    The mission of the University of Pittsburgh's "Center for Healthy Aging" is to promote healthy lifestyles and disease prevention in the older adult population of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania through education, research, and public service.
  • University of Pittsburgh Institute on Aging
    The Institute on Aging strives to improve the health and well-being of the elderly by linking and enhancing research, education, and clinical programs offered by the University of Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, and other private and public institutions. The Institute offers a 24-hour information and service referral telephone number to provide information on medical care and treatment, hospitals, home care and long-term care, social services, insurance, housing, caregiver support, legal services, and research studies.


  • PACE (Pharmaceutical Assistance Contract for the Elderly)
    A program of the Pennsylvania Department of Aging that assists eligible elderly Pennsylvania residents with the cost of their prescription medications.
  • Pennsylvania Dental Association: Senior Dental Care Program
    The Senior Dental Care Program offers reduced-cost dental care to eligible Pennsylvania senior citizens by dentists who are members of the Pennsylvania Dental Association.
  • Pennsylvania Department of Aging
    The only state agency in Pennsylvania whose single duty is serving people 60 years of age or older and their families. Through their statewide network of 52 Area Agencies on Aging (including the one for Allegheny Count), they provide as many as 50 benefits and services to older Pennsylvanians.