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Eating Right for Longevity
WebMD asks the question, "Does aging equal illness? And what kinds of things should you eat to age well."
This site covers a host of topics including:
Anti-Aging Diet, Omega-3s, Online Pharmacies, Caregiver Stress, Protein,
Sexuality, Memory, Vitamins, Longevity, Insomnia, Wrinkles, Milestone Medical Tests, and more.
World Health Organization (WHO)
WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.
Data and statistics
Causes of death: Ischaemic heart disease, stroke, chronic obstructive lung disease and lower respiratory infections have remained the top killers during the past decade. Chronic diseases cause increasing numbers of deaths worldwide.
Includes the following: Interactive graphs on the causes of death; and Mortality and global health estimates.
Center for Disease Control on Aging (CDC)
Center for Disease Control on Aging (CDC)
The materials found on this site are designed to assist health professionals in learning about and engaging in activities of CDC's Healthy Aging Program and The Healthy Brain Initiative to promote independence and wellbeing. Major topics on this site include:
Healthy Brain Initiative
Public health's role in maintaining cognitive health, a vital part of healthy aging and quality of life, is emerging. The need for a clearly delineated public health role comes at a critical time given the dramatic aging of the U.S. population, scientific advancements in knowledge about risk behaviors (e.g., lack of physical activity, uncontrolled high blood pressure) related to cognitive decline, and the growing awareness of the significant health, social, and economic burdens associated with cognitive decline.
Data & Statistics
Provides easy access to most current CDC data on key indicators of health and well-being, screenings and vaccinations, and mental health among older adults. Includes data from the newly-released The State of Aging and Health in America 2013 Adobe PDF file [PDF 4.7M] report, as well as other hard-copy reports from the Healthy Aging Program.
Clinical Preventive Services
Given the rapid aging of the U.S. population, increasing the use of preventive services by adults aged 50 or older is a key public health strategy. Despite the effectiveness of these potentially life-saving preventive services:
- Only 25% of adults aged 50 to 64 years are up to date on services.
- Less than 50% of adults aged 65 years or older are up to date.
Resources, Publications, and Press Room
Split into the main categories for quick access:
- Critical Issue Briefs
- Health Literacy Tools for Professionals Working with Older Adults
- Healthy Aging Podcast Series
- Brain Health as you Age
- Journal Articles by Date
- Depression is Not a Normal Part of Growing Older
National Institute on Aging
NIA, one of the 27 Institutes and Centers of NIH, leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life. NIA is the primary Federal agency supporting and conducting Alzheimer's disease research.
A-Z Health Topics Index
This is very useful for quickly tracking down specific issue and supporting information ranging from abuse and biology of aging to medication, statistics, and vitamins.
This page includes a host of recent biological resources and research, and data/informatics resources.
Alzheimer's Disease Education & Referral Center
Because the NIA is the primary Federal agency supporting and conducting Alzheimer's disease research, it includes a section entirely devoted to information, publications, news, resources, and research on Alzheimer's topics: The Basics; Causes; Symptoms; Diagnosis; Treatment; Risk Factors and Prevention; and Research.
CIA World Factbook
The CIA is has a lot of public information on longevity and mortality rates, including international statistics. Life expectancy at birth compares the average number of years to be lived by a group of people born in the same year, if mortality at each age remains constant in the future. Life expectancy at birth is also a measure of overall quality of life in a country and summarizes the mortality at all ages.