Betty Friedan is credited with writing that “Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength.” Of course, our favorite is: “Seniors are like aging strudels – the crust may not be so lovely, but the filling has come at last into its own.” But for those entering “older adult”, “senior”, “elder” or even “geezer-hood”, there are a fair number of resources available to help with some of the challenges and joys of aging. They assist with maintaining independence and wellness and also healing from age-related issues. Assists from these public resources could help older adults stay young….in mind, if not body.
We’ve listed several of the helpful and educational resources below, thanks in part, to Public Health Corps.
Health for Seniors
22 Senior Health Risk Calculators for Healthy Aging
Older Adults & Anxiety
Seniors & Drugs – NCADD
Ultimate Guide to Rehab & Medicare
Assisted Living Regulation and Laws
Aging in Place
Senior-Friendly Home Remodeling
Customizing a Home to Be Accessible for Deaf or Hard-of-Hearing
National Center on Elder Abuse
Rights and Information for Those With Hearing Loss
Because the average mesothelioma diagnosis isn’t until the age of 60, most patients require assisted living options. These two groups provides up-to-date, free, information and support, specifically focused on helping patients.
And for those persons living in San Diego, here are some additional resources:
County of San Diego Aging & Independence Services (AIS):
Phone: (800) 510-2020
AIS offers more than 30 programs to assist seniors and disabled adults with staying active, healthy and involved in their communities.
Positive Solutions Program:
Phone: (619) 238-1783
This program helps homebound seniors (60+) with recognition of and coping strategies for minor depression.
Geriatric Mental Health Foundation:
This website provides mental health information for older adults and their families and assists people with finding a geriatric psychiatrist.
Center for Healthy Aging:
This website, administered by the National Council on Aging, provides resources on a range of topics including mental health, fall prevention, nutrition and physical activity.
National Family Care Giver Association:
This is a grassroots organization that was created to educate, support and empower people who care for loved ones who are chronically ill, aging, or disabled.
San Diego Eldercare:
This website offers a comprehensive online directory for services and programs for the elderly in San Diego County.
On the Go of Jewish Family Service of San Diego, offers affordable and accessible group and individual transportation to older adults residing in San Diego.
A local nonprofit that provides free and low-cost legal services, Medicare other related counseling and advocacy.