Websites

AARP Healthguide
Posted on the AARP Website: http://www.aarp.org/
AARP maintains a comprehensive database of health conditions, medications, medical tests, support groups and answers about Medicare.

Buying Medicines and Medical Products Online
Posted on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Website: http://www.fda.gov/
The FDA suggests tips for buying health products online and steps to help verify the legality and authenticity of websites selling these products.

Driving Safely While Aging Gracefully
Posted on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Website: http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/
The USAA Educational Foundation, AARP, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has developed an article outlining the physical effects of aging, as well as tips on coping with them to remain a safe driver.

FHA: Public Education
Posted on the AGS Foundation for Health in Aging Website: http://www.healthinaging.org/
The American Geriatrics Society presents a selection of practical tools for managing health concerns and Physician and Medicare services.

Finding Information on the Internet: A Tutorial
Posted on the Library at the University of California at Berkeley Website: http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/
This tutorial presents an introduction to the Internet including using search tools and search engines, locating hard to find resources and evaluating Web Pages.

Health and Age
The Website of the Web-based Health Education Foundation
A large selection of health and health related topics are presented as current health news, recent reports, reviews and in-depth articles.

Health Insight: A Consumers Guide to Taking Charge of Health Information
Posted on the Harvard University Website: http://www.harvard.edu/
A guide that helps consumers evaluate health and scientific information, and consider how the information can be used to improve their lives.

Health News Review
HealthNewsReview.org is a website dedicated to improving the accuracy of news stories about medical treatments, tests, and procedures and helping consumers evaluate the evidence for and against new ideas in health care. A multi-disciplinary team of reviewers from journalism, medicine, health services research, and public health assesses the quality of the stories using a standardized rating system. Stories are graded and critiques are published on the website.

HealthRatings.org
HealthRatings.org, a joint venture of Consumer Reports WebWatch and the Health Improvement Institute, was created to help consumers make critical choices about health information sources on the Web. Using Consumer Reports-style analysis and ratings methods, panels of experts with extensive experience in healthcare and Web publishing evaluate health sites according to specific and detailed criteria.

Health Related Hoaxes and Rumors
Posted on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Website: http://www.cdc.gov/
The Center for Disease Control offers facts and relevant links with accurate information to refute rumors and hoaxes circulating in the media and via e-mail.

Health Topics
Posted on the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases Website: http://www.niams.nih.gov/
One of the National Institutes of Heath offers an easy to use collection of questions and answers about a wide variety of health issues, including additional resources for each topic. Available in English and Spanish versions.

How To Evaluate Health Information on the Internet: Questions and Answers
Posted on the National Cancer Institute Website: http://www.cancer.gov/
This is a fact sheet that can help people decide whether the health information they find on the Internet or receive via e-mail from a Web site is likely to be reliable.

How to Search the Web for Trustworthy Health Information
Posted on the Seniornet Website: http://www.seniornet.org/
SeniorNet is a nonprofit organization of computer using adults, age 50 and older. This article shows how to combine on-line and off-line resources to find reliable information.

Internet Public Library: Health and Medical Science
Posted on the School of Information at the University of Michigan Website: http://www.ipl.org/
A collection encompassing links to a wide variety of health related websites, associations and online magazine content. Organized by topic, name and title.

Mayo Clinic Senior Health Center
Posted on the Mayo Clinic Website: http://www.mayoclinic.com/
The Mayo Clinic has created an on line Senior Health Center made up a selection of informative articles on healthy aging by managing lifestyle and health care decisions.

Medem Medical Library
Medem, a partnership of many professional medical societies, provides an online medical library of credible health care information, including a section on "Senior Health."

Medicare Answers
Posted on the Medicare Rights Center Website: http://www.medicarerights.com/
This organization helps older adults get good affordable health care. This is a basic introduction to the Medicare program with coverage of changes to Medicare laws, discount cards, drug plans and a question and answer section indexed by topic.

MedWatch-Medical Product Safety Information
Posted on the FDA website: http://www.fda.gov/
The Federal Drug Administration maintains a list of current and archived medical product safety alerts, Class I recalls, market withdrawals and public health advisories.

MLA User's Guide to Finding and Evaluating Health Information on the Web
Posted on the Medical Library Association Website: http://www.mlanet.org/
A guide which offers advice on using internet resources by medical librarians supported by the MLA. It lists recommended websites for Consumer Health, Cancer, Diabetes and Heart Disease information.

Partnership for Prescription Assistance
A website developed by major drug manufacturers and their leading advocacy organization, PhRMA. It includes an interactive guide to possibly help low-income, uninsured patients get free or nearly free brand-name medicines. It also provides a list of participating companies and assistance program contact information.

Resource Directory for Older People
Posted on the National Institute on Aging Website: http://www.nia.nih.gov/
A directory of organizations supporting the aging community which contains organizational names, addresses, phone numbers, and fax numbers, as well as e-mail and Web site addresses.

Talking with your Doctor: A Guide For Older People
Posted on the National Institute of Aging Website: http://www.nia.nih.gov/
A thorough guide to choosing a new doctor and communicating with current ones. Also viewable and printable as a PDF file.

Using Your Medications Wisely
Posted on the New York State Office for the Aging Website: http://agingwell.state.ny.us/
This step-by-step guide to visiting the doctor, including preparing for the visit and giving and receiving clear information, emphasizes managing your own care. It features several useful printable checklists.

Print Resources

N, Oster, L, Thomas & D, Joseff. Making Informed Medical Decisions, Where to Look and How to Use What You Find, Patient-Centered Guides: A Division of O'Reilly & Associates, 2000.

Fennick, John H.. Studies Show, A Popular Guide to Understanding Scientific Studies, Prometheus Books, 1997.

B, Korsch & C, Harding. The Intelligent Patient's Guide to the Doctor-Patient Relationship: Learning How to Talk so Your Doctor Will Listen, Oxford University Press, 1997.

Jordan, Theresa J. Understanding Medical Information, A User's Guide to Informatics & Decision Making, McGraw-Hill, Medical Publishing Division, 2002.