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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

For Seniors Only...

The National Institute of Health has a website designed for the special needs of seniors, NIH Senior Health. The area of gerontology is evolving as more and more citizens live longer, and topics include those of particular interest to seniors such as Healthy Aging, Memory and Vision & Hearing. Complementary and alternative medicine is included as well. According to the site, "NIHSeniorHealth features authoritative and up-to-date health information from Institutes and Centers at NIH. In addition, the American Geriatrics Society provides expert and independent review of some of the material found on this web site. Each health topic includes general background information, open-captioned videos, quizzes and frequently asked questions (FAQs). New topics are added to the site on a regular basis."

Calling itself "senior friendly", this website is simply designed for those new to online searching, and users can increase the text size, change the text color and/or have the text read aloud. This was of particular interest to a friend suffering from macular degeneration who ordinarily finds it hard to search online. Great to have web resources specifically designed for those who might need it most!

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