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When you need medical information about your loved one’s medical condition fast, the Internet is an invaluable resource. But rather than sort through dozens of results from a search engine, refer to this list for accurate information.
These websites are often extensive, with information for professionals and for patients. Forums, discussion boards, and user groups let users connect with others who might be facing similar concerns. Many also have an “Ask an Expert” section, with answers to common questions.
GENERAL MEDICAL INFORMATION
A National Institutes of Health website that contains a wealth of information on diseases, conditions, and wellness issues.
Reliable and comprehensive guide on diseases; also includes a symptom tracker, drug and supplement information, and a community section with discussions on several topics.
An informative blog with commentary about breaking medical news (not just eldercare), run by Kevin Pho, M.D.
A list of forums, including “Ask a Doctor” and support for medical issues, as well as user groups for several conditions and concerns.
American Dietetic Association
Provides a broad spectrum of science-based food and nutrition information; includes tips for managing diseases—from Alzheimer’s, to heart disease and diabetes—through a healthful, nutrient-rich diet.
AARP’s caregiving section has information about everything from public policy and Medicare to online discussion groups.
Next Step in Care
Is a resource for family caregivers working with health care professionals.
Caring for Aging Parents has several articles, as well as Caregiver Resources
A caregiver support site with information and resources.
Senior Care Corner
Tips and ideas for caregivers to help make life better for seniors.
Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia, and Stroke
The Alzheimer’s Association
Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral Center, National Institute on Aging
American Cancer Society
American Diabetes Association
National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health
American Heart Association
National Women’s Health Information Center’s Heart Disease Fact Sheet
Heart disease in women often presents with symptoms that are different from men’s, so women tend to underestimate their risk.
More than just a source for medical supplies to help your loved one remain safely at home, Parentgiving.com has an extensive library of articles about diseases, balancing caregiving with other obligations, and more, and an Ask the Experts section. Read more about it by visiting Parentgiving.com: Home Health Care Resources at Your Fingertips.
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