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Aerobics of the Mind Mental Fitness Cards
"Aerobics of the Mind Mental Fitness Cards: One-hundred Exercises for a Healthy Brain" by Marge Engelman (Verona, WI.: Attainment Co., 2001); boxed set of 100 cards.

Contact information:
www.attainmentcompany.com


Alzheimer's Association, The
The Alzheimer's Association offers local referrals for services, tips for caregivers, and detailed information on dementia, how to detect and treat it.

Contact information:
www.alz.org


American Diabetes Association
The American Diabetes Association website has information targeted to both the general public and health care professionals. The "Recipe of the Day" and "Tip of the Day" provide information to help manage the disease. Users can sign up to receive Diabetes E-News Now!, a weekly e-newsletter that contains the most current information from the ADA.

Contact information:
www.diabetes.org


American Foundation for the Blind
The American Foundation for the Blind website is divided into five main sections: Information, Directory of Services, Community, Bookstore and Journals. This site has general information concerning low vision and blindness, a comprehensive directory of available services, a community of bulletin boards and job listings, books and videos available for purchase, and professional journals available by subscription in multiple formats.

Contact information:
www.afb.org


American Massage Therapy Association
The American Massage Therapy Association website provides information about how to find a massage therapist and how the massage process works. The site also includes archived journal articles on massage therapy.

Contact information:
www.amtamassage.org/


American Pain Foundation
The American Pain Foundation website is an information resource and patient advocacy organization serving people with pain. Their mission is to improve the quality of life of people with pain.

Contact information:
www.painfoundation.org


An Aging World: 2001
U.S. Department of Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Aging and the U.S. Department of Commerce report on aging in the world. Also includes is a one-page, 20 question and answers quiz on aging.

Contact information:
www.census.gov/prod/2001pubs/p95-01-1.pdf


Anatomy of the Spirit: The Seven Stages of Power and Healing
This book looks at the links between spirituality and health, across cultures. An audiocassette also available. Myss, C. (1996). Anatomy of the spirit: The seven stages of power and healing (1st ed.). New York: Harmony Books. Pub. Date: September 1997; ISBN-13: 9780609800140


Arthritis Foundation, The
The Arthritis Foundation works to improve the quality of life of people with arthritis. The website has many resources on the disease, drugs, easy to use products, and tips for living with arthritis.

Contact information:
www.arthritis.org


Centenarians: The Bonus Years
Centenarians, people who live to be 100 years of age, are the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population. They are role models for the future of aging, and for the secrets of aging well. Adler, L. P. (1995). Centenarians: The bonus years. Santa Fe, NM: Health Press.ISBN-13: 978-0929173023


Center for Spirituality and Healing, The
The Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota is working to create a new model of health care, one which brings together the science and art of healing to treat the whole person - mind, body and spirit. Through health sciences education, conferences and workshops, the Center offers older adults an expanded world view of self-care and holistic approaches to wellness and healing.

Contact information:
www.csh.umn.edu/


Complete Guide to Massage
This book, fully illustrated with 320 photographs, helps readers learn to create the benefits of massage at home. The reader is guided through a carefully graduated program from simple basics to total massage. Mumford, S. (1996). A complete guide to massage. London: Hamlyn. ISBN-13: 978-0452275188


Drugwatch
Educating the public about prescription and over-the-counter medications, drug recalls, medical devices, and current developments in the medical field. Roughly one-third of all medications prescribed in the United States are prescribed to persons aged 65 and older.

Contact information:
drugwatch.com/


Elderberry Institute
The Elderberry Institute helps communities establish block nurse programs to help people stay safely in their homes.

Contact information:
www.elderberry.org/


Eldercare Locator, The
The Eldercare Locator, a nationwide toll-free service, helps older adults and their caregivers find local services for seniors. The U.S. Administration on Aging makes part of this service available on-line so that consumers can easily link to the information and referral (I&R) services of their state and area agencies on aging. These I&R programs can help you identify appropriate services in the area where you or your family member resides. The website has a database searchable by state and zip code.

Contact information:
www.eldercare.gov/


Exercise: A Guide From The National Institute On Aging
This book explains what exercise and physical activity can do for you, how to exercise safely, and how to stay motivated to exercise. It shows how to exercise to improve or maintain endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility. At the end of the book, you will find resources to contact for more information about exercise and special programs for older exercisers. Some of the resources are for people with diseases or disabilities. You will also find charts to record your progress and a form you can fill out and send to the National Institute on Aging after you have been exercising for at least a month. You will then receive a certificate that acknowledges your commitment to improving your health through exercise.

Contact information:
www.nia.nih.gov/HealthInformation/Publications/ExerciseGuide/


Fall Prevention Project: In-Home Safety Checklist
Safety tips from Temple University (Pa.).

Contact information:
www.temple.edu/older_adult/IHSCEng.htm


Growing Stronger: Strength Training for Older Adults
This book provides a ready-to-use exercise program for older adults who want to grow stronger, healthier and more active. This book gives a safe, simple and highly effective exercise program based on the principles of strength training. The exercises are safe and effective for people of all ages including those not in perfect health. Copyrighted by Tufts University and free on line without requiring permission.

Contact information:
www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dnpa/physical/growing_stronger/growing_stronger.pdf


Hazelden
Situated on 500 private, peaceful and scenic acres of rural Minnesota countryside, Hazelden's Center City campus, located 50 miles north of Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN, is the largest facility in the Hazelden system. Each year more than 2,000 men and women begin their recovery journey here. Hazelden provides a broad range of abstinence-based alcohol and drug addiction treatment and support services from the Center City campus. A broad array of services to help individuals and families struggling with alcohol and drug addiction are provided. In addition, Hazelden offers family care, mental health services, world-class continuing care services, and our Graduate School of Addiction Studies. Hazelden's Center City campus also serves as the base for the research, education and publication programs of the Hazelden Foundation.

Contact information:
www.hazelden.org/web/public/centercity.page


Health Care Directives Information Sheet
A question and answer information sheet on health care directives from the Minnesota Department of Health. Forms for preparation of health care directives can be obtained from your health care provider, your attorney.

Contact information:
www.health.state.mn.us/divs/fpc/profinfo/advdir.htm


Healthy Aging
The Healthy Aging Campaign is a national initiative created to broaden awareness of the positive aspects of aging. The purpose of the website is to offer older adults and health professionals tips and techniques for successful aging.

Contact information:
www.healthyaging.net


Kairos Dance Theatre
Kairos Dance Theatre is a Minneapolis-based intergenerational dance company whose performers range in age from 4 to 90 years old. Led by Artistic Director, Maria Genne, Kairos performs locally and nationally, reaching intergenerational audiences in nursing homes, community centers, parks, libraries, and schools. Through its program, "The Dancing Heart: Vital Elders Moving in Community," Kairos Dance Theatre partners with community organizations to offer older adults and caregivers an interactive, creative experience that combines opportunities for artistic expression and learning with the health-enhancing benefits of dance and music. Program formats include workshops, residencies, and performances.

Contact information:
www.kairosdance.org


Laughing Cobra Yoga
Hatha yoga, excellent for mid-life+ individuals, 3 locations in the Twin Cities, daytime and evening classes.

Contact information:
www.laughingcobrayoga.com/


LongTermCareLiving.com
Sponsored by the American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living, LongTermCareLiving.com provides consumers with needed information on nursing homes, assisted living/residential care, and other types of long-term care. Learn how to: Find and select a nursing home or assisted living facility; Prepare yourself and your family for the transition to long-term care; Write an advance directive, making sure your wishes are known; Find Medicare Part Resources; and Pay for long-term care.

Contact information:
www.longtermcareliving.com/


Magnifiers Can Help Offset Vision Loss
There are many assistive devices, for helping victims of Macular Degeneration, on the market today. Some magnify words through systems that connect to a TV of computer monitor. Others use special goggles to display magnified words. For more information, contact The National Eye Institute at their website.

Contact information:
www.nei.nih.gov


Mapping Your Retirement
Mapping Your Retirement helps you plan a retirement based on your values, interests, and resources. The guide provides information and worksheets on three critical elements of a meaningful retirement: Living Your Life, Maintaining Your Health, and Managing Your Money.

Contact information:
www.mappingyourretirement.org


Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels member programs throughout the country provide nutritious meals and other nutrition services to men and women who are elderly, homebound, disabled, frail, or at risk. Click on "Find Meals Near You!" to locate a program near your zip code.

Contact information:
www.mowaa.org/


Melpomene Institute
Melpomene Institute, in Minneapolis, helps girls and women of all ages link physical activity and health through research, publication and education.

Contact information:
www.melpomene.org


MesotheliomaGroup
Healthcare professionals, patient advocates, and communication specialists who support and encourage mesothelioma patients and their families.

Contact information:
www.mesotheliomagroup.com/doctors/specialists/


Mind Alert
Mind Alert is a website that provides a searchable database on mental fitness and aging. This online resource center for consumers and professionals offers articles on key issues, bibliographic listings, reviews, links to websites, and information about mental health programs throughout North America.

Contact information:
www.asaging.org/mindalert


Minnesota Association of Centers for Independent Living
This website is a link to information about independent living services provided by Minnesota's 8 Centers for Independent Living (MACIL). The site also links to worldwide disability-related information.

Contact information:
www.macil.org


Minnesota Heath Information A Guide to Health Care Quality and Cost in MN
This website connects you with a wide range of information about the cost and quality of health care in Minnesota. It is designed to be a clearinghouse of health care information, whether you want to compare certain providers, learn how to be a wise health care consumer, or better manage your personal health. The site—which contains links to a wide range of health-related websites—was created by the Governor's Health Cabinet to help all Minnesotans better understand health care options, costs and quality. As always, be sure to manage your health care in close partnership with your health care team.

Contact information:
www.minnesotahealthinfo.org


Minnesota Network of Hospice & Palliative Care
Minnesota Network of Hospice & Palliative Care is a nonprofit organization that advocates for the needs of the terminally ill. It serves as a resource for the general public and consumers to provide information about hospice care and access to hospice programs. It also provides educational programs and technical assistance to hospice programs and hospice care providers.

Contact information:
www.mnhpc.org


MinnesotaHelp.Info
MinnesotaHelp.info is an online directory of services designed to help people in Minnesota find human services, information and referral, financial assistance, and other forms of help. It is rich in resource information for seniors and their caregivers; people with disabilities and their caregivers; parents and families; and low income people.

Contact information:
www.minnesotahelp.info


National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health provides research-based information on alternative health approaches.

Contact information:
www.nccam.nih.gov


National Center for Health Statistics
The National Center for Health Statistics, in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, maintains the following: Trends in Health and Aging, Longitudinal Studies of Aging, and Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics.

Contact information:
www.cdc.gov/nchs/about.htm


National Institute on Drug Abuse
The National Institute on Drug Abuse website contains current information about a variety of drugs for researchers and health providers, parents and teachers, and students. It includes information on prescription drug abuse.

Contact information:
www.drugabuse.gov


Needs of the Dying, The
David Kessler was a student of Elisabeth Kubler-Ross. His book has a message of comfort and love. He wrote it to familiarize the readers with the physical and emotional aspects of dying. The stories contained in the book are inspiring and show, once again, that the living has much to learn from the dying. ISBN-13: 978-0060958213


Never Act Your Age
This book, by Dr. Dale M. Anderson, M.D., Prescribes how laughter and method acting turns on your body's upbeat chemistry--those "drugs" dispensed from your inner pharmacy that make you happy, healthy and feeling years younger.

Contact information:
www.ActHappy.com


New Love and Sex After 60, The
The need for love and sex does not diminish with age. Bodies, though, do change, along with emotions and it is essential for those undergoing these changes to understand how age affects lovemaking. Now, two leading experts on longevity revise their classic guide to sex and lovemaking after sixty to include new information on such medical breakthroughs as Viagra in "The New Love and Sex After 60" (Ballantine Books) by Robert N Butler, M.D. and Myrna I. Lewis, Ph.D. ISBN-13: 978-0345442116


Next Avenue
Next Avenue will engage, inspire and inform the more than 100 million people who are transitioning into what many see as a new life stage in human development-a stage between young adulthood and "old old." Next Avenue is an expansive online initiative with expert information from trustworthy sources on aging.

Contact information:
www.nextavenue.org


Out and Aging: The MetLife Study of Lesbian and Gay Baby Boomers
In February 2006, in partnership with the MetLife Mature Market Institute, the Lesbian and Gay Aging Issues Network of the American Society on Aging undertook the first U.S. national survey of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender baby boomers. A sample of 1,000 self-identified LGBT people ages 40 to 61 participated in an online survey conducted by Zogby International, a leading polling and public-opinion research firm. The snapshot of LGBT baby boomers that emerges from the survey raises important questions for the wide range of professionals who work with older adults, employers, policymakers, and everyone interested in ensuring dignity, independence and the highest possible quality of life for the boomer generation as it reaches midlife and old age.

Contact information:
www.asaging.org/networks/lgain/OutandAging.pdf


Pain.com
The Pain.com website, "A World of Information on Pain," contains information about pain and pain management. This site features professional and consumer information, a searchable pain library, forums, and chat rooms among its resources.

Contact information:
pain.com/


Pathways: A Health Crisis Resource Center
Pathways is a holistic educational resource center for people in health crisis. It offers a wide variety of classes and individual consultations that explore psychological, emotional, and spiritual issues. Their center is located in the Uptown area of Minneapolis.

Contact information:
www.pathwaysminneapolis.org


Senior Cycling
Senior Cycling offers bicycle tours for seniors, ranging in age from 50-80. They range from short and easy to long and strenuous.

Contact information:
www.seniorcycling.com


Senior LinkAge Line®
Provides information and assistance on a wide variety of community services available to older adults and their families via telephone. The Senior LinkAge Line® is a program of the Minnesota Board on Aging and the Area Agencies on Aging.

Contact information:
800-333-2433
www.mnaging.org/advisor/SLL.htm


Senior Safe Coalition
A newsletter and educational resources are available through the Minnesota Safety Council; membership is free.

Contact information:
www.mnsafetycouncil.org/seniorsafe/


Senior Tennis Players Club of Minnesota
The Senior Tennis Players Club welcomes players 50+ with free lessons and drills. The primary purpose of the STPC is to provide tennis playing opportunities to people 50 and older for their mental, physical, and social well-being; and to support the growth of tennis.

Contact information:
www.seniortennismn.com


Store to Door
The Mission of Store To Door is to provide low cost grocery shopping and prescription delivery services to frail elderly and disabled persons who need these services to help maintain an independent lifestyle.

Contact information:
storetodoor.org


Strong Women Strong Backs
In this accessible guide, trusted women's health author and exercise physiologist Miriam E. Nelson presents the information every woman needs to know to maintain a healthy back. Complete with clear explanations, practical advice, and lively anecdotes from women who have benefited from this simple and effective program, the book reveals: the major causes of back pain in women; how stress and other emotional factors play a key role; a straightforward exercise program to improve flexibility, strength, and aerobic fitness-designed specifically for women; what you need to know to create a back-friendly home and office; and explanations of what medical options are available-and how to know when they might be necessary. Whether you've struggled with back problems for years or are hoping to prevent them in the first place, this is an essential guide to have a strong back for life. ISBN-13: 978-0399153754


Swimming Holes East
The Swimming Holes East database lists about 400 select swimming spots in America's east coast. All are fed by fresh, running water.

Contact information:
www.swimmingholes.org


Taking Control of TMJ
Written by a dentist from northern Minnesota, this consumer-oriented book helps individuals understand TMJ, its pain, relieve its symptoms, prevent recurrence, and avoid surgery. Uppgaard, R.O. (1999).Taking Control of TMJ: Your Total Wellness Program for Recovering from Tempromandibular Joint Pain, Whiplash, Fibromyagia, and Related Disorders. ISBN-13: 978-1572241268


Talk About Prescriptions
This website has educational information concerning appropriate use prescription drugs. It has resources for both consumers and health care professionals. The National Council on Patient Information and Education sponsors the site.

Contact information:
www.talkaboutrx.org


USA gov
Government made easy. This website gives you access to everything the federal government has to offer. It has separate pages for citizens, businesses and nonprofits, government employees, and visitors to the U.S.

Contact information:
www.usa.gov


USDA Food Borne Illness Education Information Center
Sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture, this website has many sections including food safety training materials.

Contact information:
www.nal.usda.gov/


USDA: The National Agriculture Library
This United States Department of Agriculture website offers information on food and nutrition, community development, natural resources and environment and other agriculture-related topics.

Contact information:
www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/


VBT Bicycling Vacations
VBT Bicycling Vacations is a leader in European bicycling vacations, with a choice of packages with airfare or land-only options. Lodging, meals, and the bicycle are included.

Contact information:
www.vbt.com


Weight Management
The American Dietetic Association website contains useful nutrition and health information.

Contact information:
www.eatright.org


Wellness: Putting It All Together
Wellness is a continuous process of self-enhancement that depends upon balancing the many aspects, or dimensions of a person's life. The Fisher Institute for Wellness and Gerontology at Ball State University identifies these dimensions as: intellectual, emotional, social, environmental, spiritual, vocational and physical.

Contact information:
www.bsu.edu/wellness


Wisdom Steps of Minnesota
Wisdom Steps is a preventive health program for American Indian elders, with activities on reservations across Minnesota.

Contact information:
www.wisdomsteps.org/


World Association of Persons with Disabilities (WAPD)
The WAPD is a grassroots advocacy group for "disAbled" persons.

Contact information:
www.wapd.org


YMCA
The YMCA offers fitness programs for older adults. See their website for information about locations and programs.

Contact information:
www.ymca.net


YWCA
The YWCA offers fitness programs for older adults. See their website for information about locations and programs.

Contact information:
www.ywca.org


 

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