Top 100 Health and Wellness Sites for Seniors

With new advances in health care, people are living longer and healthier lives than ever before. You can help your body and mind stay fit well into your golden years by using the Internet to read up on the latest in health care, nutrition, and fitness. Here are a few sites we've put together to help you find what you need to stay happy and healthy at any age.

General

These sites cover a wide range of issues related to senior health.

  1. NIH Senior Health: The National Institutes of Health provide seniors with a range of information on topics like bone health, nutrition, exercise and more on this site. Best of all, you can adjust text size or have it read out loud to you.
  2. About.com Senior Health: Check out this About.com topic for loads of articles designed to help older people stay healthy and happy.
  3. MedLine Plus Seniors' Health: This site is full of the latest news topics on senior health issues as well as reference materials, prevention and screening resources and much more.
  4. USA.gov for Seniors: Whether you're looking for government links to health resources, volunteering opportunities or even just on retirement you'll find them here.
  5. CDC on Aging: The Center for Disease Control can be a great place to find information on keeping yourself disease free, prevention screenings and information about specific illnesses.
  6. C-Health Seniors' Health: Learn how to prepare for an emergency, care for your bones and joints, and keep your body and mind healthy on this site.
  7. InteliHealth Seniors' Health: One this site you'll find articles like "6 Ways to Boost Your Memory" and "How the Five Senses Change with Age" to help you learn more about health issues as you age.
  8. A Pocket Guide to Staying Healthy at 50+: You'll find both a men's and women's guide on this site provided by the US Department of Health and Human Services.
  9. Baby Boomer Care: As the baby boomers age, many are dealing with health issues. You'll find loads of helpful advice and information on this site dedicated to this segment of society.
  10. AgeNet: Also called Solutions for Better Aging, this site gives seniors links to everything from healthcare articles to tax tips.
  11. Eons: This online community for baby boomers can be a great place to chat with others in your age range as well as find helpful articles and link that are relevant to your concerns.
  12. Health and Age: Here you'll find the latest news on aging related health issues so you can keep up to date and informed.
  13. Mayo Clinic Senior Health Center: This world-renowed clinic offers some articles and insight to what seniors can expect as they age and ways to prevent some of the most common health issues.

Organizations and Government Resources

Make use of the resources and information provided by these senior-oriented organizations and programs.

  1. National Council on Aging: Dedicated to helping improve the life of older Americans, this organization's site can be a good place to find information on healthy aging, staying independent, and keeping active.
  2. Senior Health Week: Get the latest in news about diseases like arthritis and Alzheimer's on this site.
  3. InfoAging: The American Federation for Aging Research has put together this site which can educate you on the biology of aging and how to stay healthy as you do.
  4. HelpGuide.org: Healthy aging isn't just about physical health-- mental health is important as well. This site can provide you with information on a wide range of mental issues that can affect older individuals.
  5. American Society on Aging: The American Society on Aging is an organization of professionals in the healthcare and research communities. It can be a good site to check out for new developments and news.
  6. Alliance for Aging Research: This nonprofit is focused on accelerating research and developments that can benefit those in the older part of the population. On their site you'll find aging news, blogs, surveys and quizzes and much more.
  7. American Federation for Aging Research: Learn about the latest developments in aging research from this organization's website.
  8. Anti-Aging.org: Find a health center in your area that can help you age well or learn about current treatments that are offered to help you look and feel younger.
  9. The AGS Foundation for Health in Aging: Check out this site for all kinds of information and stories on how to stay healthy as you age.
  10. Eldercare Locator: This government tool makes it easy to find medical professionals that can help care for you as you age.
  11. Medicare: Many older individuals will need to receive Medicare benefits in order to cover medical costs. Check out their site for more details.
  12. Aging Initiative: If you're looking for a green spin on aging, check out this site from the Environmental Protection Agency. You'll learn ways to stay environmentally friendly and looking young.

Fitness

Make sure you're keeping your body fit and happy by checking out these resources.

  1. Exercise for Older Adults: Here you'll find a list of benefits to exercise, how to do it safely, and advice on charting your progress.
  2. Exercise: A Guide from the NIA: The National Institute on Aging provides this guide which can help you find out if you're safe to exercise and find some examples of simple exercises you can do at home.
  3. Silver Sneakers: Try joining this program if you're looking for companionship and support in your quest to stay fit.
  4. Advice for the Aging Athlete: If you've been quite athletic all your life, check out this article to help you stay safe and healthy working out and playing sports well into old age.
  5. American Senior Fitness Association: While this site is designed for those who work in senior fitness, it can help you find professionals and facilities near you that can provide you with the assistance you need.
  6. Aging and Exercise: Learn the science behind how aging will affect your ability to work out from Roy Shephard, faculty at the School of Physical and Health Education at the University of Toronto.
  7. Fit-Senior.com: Get the equipment you need to stay in shape through the offerings provided by this site.
  8. National Senior Games Association: If you didn't make it to the Olympics back in your prime why not go for the next best thing in your golden years? This site can help you do so.
  9. Lifelong Fitness Alliance: Formerly known as 50-Plus Fitness, this organization can be a great resource to find ways to stay in shape at any age.
  10. The Alexander Technique and Aging Well: Learn how you can apply the Alexander Technique to your age-appropriate workout and health routine.
  11. Senior Fitness.com: You'll find hundreds of helpful fitness and nutrition related articles on this site to help you get in great shape no matter your age.
  12. Senior Citizen Fitness Activities: Learn what guidelines have been put down to help seniors stay fit, get advice on exercising safely and find links to ideas for fun active things to do.
  13. Fitness for Senior: You'll find dozens of workouts and stretching activities you can do as an older individual on this helpful site.

Nutrition

These sites can provide you with some guidance for eating well no matter how old you are.

  1. Eating Well As We Age: The FDA attempts to help seniors meet their nutritional needs through this informational site.
  2. Good Nutrition Is Ageless: Learn what you should be eating in your older years or at any time in your life to stay healthy and well.
  3. Nutritional Guidelines for People 70 and Over: Find out what your body will need to stay healthy as you age through the guidelines posted on this site.
  4. Nutrition and Senior Citizens: Here you can get an idea of how much calcium, fat, vitamins, minerals, water and more that you should ideally be taking in.
  5. The Golden Years of Fitness: This site is all about how it's never to late to get in the best shape of your life. Get advice on overeating, creating a diet plan, and even how to lose weight.
  6. As We Age: Nutrition for Senior Adults: Virginia Tech provides this article which details some aging facts and a food pyramid for those over 50.
  7. A Senior's Guide to Good Nutrition: Suzanne Havala, M.S., R.D lays out what it takes to have a balanced diet for older individuals in this article.
  8. Iron Needs After 50: Learn how much iron you may need after you pass the big 5-0.
  9. How to Eat Right as a Senior: How Stuff Works provides this simple and easy-to-follow guide to how seniors should be eating to stay healthy.
  10. Malnutrition and Seniors: Many seniors just aren't eating enough. Learn how you can recognize this and help to rectify it.

Mental Health

Keeping your mind healthy is just as important and keeping your body fit, so check out these sites for advice.

  1. Seniors, Sleeping Pills and Tranquilizers: Learn about issues that seniors face with sleeping pill abuse in this informative online pamphlet.
  2. Geriatric Mental Health Foundation: This foundation is dedicated to helping seniors maintain their mental health and can be a great resource for information and support.
  3. Senior Mental Health: Dr. Sterling answers questions and concerns dealing with senior mental health and more on this site.
  4. Maintaining Mental and Emotional Health as You Age: About.com provides this article which can guide you through ways to improve your mental health as you age.
  5. Seniors and Mental Health: Learn just how broadly depression and mental illness affects seniors on this site as well as getting resources for therapy and support.
  6. Dementia.com: Dementia is a very real concern for many older adults. Learn about the condition, prevention and care on this site.
  7. Depression in Seniors: Many seniors are affected by depression whether because they've lost a spouse, are lonely or a variety of other reasons. Learn about how you can help and treat it in yourself and others.
  8. How Senior Citizens can Deal with Loneliness: With children out of the house, disabled or deceased spouses and lack of mobility many seniors feel lonely. Learn how you can deal with and alleviate these feelings through this site.
  9. Mental Health and Aging: This site is designed to help older adults and their families find qualified mental health resources.
  10. Healthy Minds.org: The American Psychiatric Association has put together this site which provides resources and information on a huge range of mental health issues.
  11. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: Older adults aren't immune from substance abuse problems. Learn how you can get help and treatment on this site.
  12. Mental Health America: Get fact sheets, resource lists and more from this mental health site.

Sexual Health

Enjoy a healthy sex life well into your old age with help and information from these sites.

  1. Merck Manual: Sexuality: Learn how aging, mental illness, and more can affect and change your sexual experience in this guide from Merck.
  2. Midlife Sexuality: InteliHealth provides this article to help those who've lost sexual desire in midlife regain their sexuality.
  3. Sex After 50: Dr. Janice Swanson from the Mayo Clinic offers some advice on how you can keep your sex life healthy and active after 50.
  4. Arthritis and Sex: Find out how arthritis may affect your ability to have sex in this short article.
  5. Nine Health Issues That Can Impact Sexual Satisfaction: If you're having trouble enjoying sex, check out these 9 factors to see if they may be having an impact on your sexual enjoyment.
  6. Seniors and Lifelong Sexual Health: This article explains how sex is an important part of life, even into old age.
  7. Senior Sex: Tips for Older Men: Many men find that as they age they lose the desire or the ability to engage in sex. This article from MSN can help you learn what to do about it.
  8. Sexual Health in the Golden Years: Get tips and advice on enjoying sex well into old age by reading this article.
  9. Suddenly Senior's Take On Senior Sex: Find loads of articles related to sex in your older years on this humorous but informative site.
  10. How to Remain Positive About Sex as a Senior: eHow provides this article for seniors who are struggling with sex as they age who want to take a more optimistic outlook on this.
  11. STDs and AIDS in Senior Citizens: STDs are on the rise in senior citizens. Learn to prevent these diseases and reduce your risk in this article.
  12. Sexy Seniors: Get ideas on spicing up your sex life, dealing with STDs and more in this blog.

Blogs

Check in with these bloggers to get insight on healthy aging and read the latest news on senior health.

  1. American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine Blog: Get the latest information on breakthroughs in anti-aging from this blog.
  2. The Anti-Aging Blog: This blog provides a long list of the best anti-aging products out there.
  3. Healthy Aging for Women: Older women can take a look at this site to get advice and information on how to age gracefully and healthily.
  4. Wiser Now: Here you'll find informative articles on issues you may have to deal with related to dementia and Alzheimer's.
  5. Better Than I Ever Expected: This blog explores the endless possibilities for seniors who want to stay sexually active and healthy, well into old age.
  6. Senior Citizens Life: You'll find dozens of resources, links, tips and tools to stay healthy, active and happy on this blog.
  7. The Senior Reading Room: Get the latest news that affects senior health issues in this informative blog.
  8. Senior Health Blog: Posts on this blog cover illnesses and diseases that most commonly affect older adults.
  9. Still Clickin: This retired blogger talks about senior life, staying active, getting older and more.
  10. Fun, Fit and 60!: Check out this blog to follow the exercise routines of this avid biker and 60 year old.
  11. Phil's Over 40 Fit and Fantastic: Find loads of posts related to health and fitness in older individuals from this informative blog.
  12. Senior Health Information: Seniors can find great posts on staying fit, preventing illness and a variety of other health related issues on this blog.
  13. Over 50 Online Magazine: You'll find a number of tips and tools to stay looking and feeling young in this blog and magazine.
  14. Old Age Health Tips: Find health tips based on the latest research in this blog, including things that can increase the risk of cancer or dementia.
  15. Diabetic Seniors Blog: The number of adults with diabetes is rising, so if you're part of this rise, check out this blog for help and information dealing with your condition.

Illness, Accidents and Disease

Learn all about some of the most common illnesses that plague seniors and how you can take steps to lower your risk on these sites.

  1. Falls Prevention: This UK based site provides information on how seniors can avoid falls that can lead to broken bones, infections and other dangerous conditions.
  2. Alzheimer's Association: Find out the latest on Alzheimer's research from this site as well as basic information and ways you can mitigate your risk.
  3. National Osteoporosis Foundation: Your bones provide the framework for your whole body, so make sure you're protecting them. Get some insights and information on preventing and living with osteoporosis on this site.
  4. The Arthritis Foundation: Many older adults suffer through painful and stiff joints caused by arthritis. Get updates on treatments and ways you can minimize the impact of arthritis on your life from this foundation.
  5. American Health Assistance Foundation: You'll learn about risk factors, treatment and the basic symptoms of illnesses like Alzheimer's, glaucoma, and macular degeneration from this nonprofit.
  6. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: Get information and advice on fighting arthritis and other often age-related illnesses with some help from this organization.
  7. Hearing Loss in Seniors: Hearing loss can be a big part of aging for some. Learn how you can cope and minimize the impact of hearing loss on this site.
  8. Balance Disorders: Nearly 9% of adults over 65 have problems with balance. Learn what causes them, symptoms, and ways they can be treated from this site.
  9. Forgetfulness: It's Not Always What You Think: Forgetfulness may not always be a sign of a serious illness. Check out this article for more potential causes of forgetfulness.
  10. Heart Disease and Seniors: One of the most common illnesses in the United States is heart disease. Learn how it impacts the senior population and ways you can improve the health of your heart.
  11. Seniors With Cancer: Cancer affects millions of people around the world each year. Find support and advice on dealing with cancer as a senior on this site.
  12. Top 10 Causes of Death Among Adults Over Age 65: Learn what illnesses are the most common causes of health issues in older adults here. Once you know what to look out for you can work on prevention and health improvement.
  13. Why Seniors Should Get the Influenza (Flu) Vaccine: Find information on why flu shots may be a good idea for those who are older in this article.