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Senior Nutrition: Is a Low-Fat, Low-Cholesterol Diet Best?
The elderly are a fast-growing population, and they are also susceptible to health risks from not eating well. This article states that after the age of 50, there are many metabolic and physiological changes which impact on the nutritional needs of an aging individual. Social and economic factors can also impact the quality of nutrition that an elder gets. The nutritional risk of the elderly is no doubt affected by the fact that the low-fat, low-cholesterol diet message has been heard loud and clear by this population, this article states. Even though dietary limits on fat and cholesterol consumption are mostly assumed to be effective in reducing the risk of conditions in young and middle-aged adults, seniors who restrict are of concern. They may not be getting the right amount of nutrients in their diet. This article explores senior health from a nutritional standpoint, and makes great points about why senior nutrition is a necessary topic to explore and educate seniors on.

Why Should Seniors Exercise?
Even though people of all ages need to exercise, itís important part of care for elderly men and women to get exercise. As the body ages, it begins to slow down. Muscle strength, endurance and flexibility can begin to suffer. Thatís why regular exercise replaces the body strength that people can lose after the age of 25. Daily exercise can help elders combat issues like arthritis, osteoporosis, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and depression. This article discusses types of exercise programs for senior citizens, and discusses creating an exercise routine.

Better Elder Health
This website features resources that are helpful to learn about senior care challenges for personal aging and caregivers. The site features a guide to help seniors talk to their doctors about various conditions, an exercise guide, information on medication and immunizations, to name a few. Conditions of note include hypothermia, arthritis, constipation, high blood pressure, hyperthermia, urinary incontinence, depression, eye health and more. Various topics for elders are available, all with the goal of improving senior health.

Senior Health: FDA Information
This is the section of the Food and Drug Administrationís website directed to seniors, covering a wide range of health issues, including arthritis, cancer, health fraud and nutrition. The site also offers information about FDA-regulated products for older adults, their families and their caregivers. Elsewhere on the site you can find issues of the FDA's publication Maturity Health Matters, which covers topics such as joint replacement, portable defibrillators, blood glucose meters, colorectal cancer, diabetes, heart disease, the flu, senior health, nutrition for seniors, Parkinsonís disease and more. Information on popular FDA recalls is included, which is vital for seniors who take medicines. You can subscribe to their newsletter, which will keep you posted on the latest medical advancements and FDA regulations and recalls for medications.

Elder Nutrition: Why Wonít I Eat?
As the human body ages, it requires proper nutrition as it did in younger years. But as older adults age, they have complications to eating well. Such problems include not being able to chew, experiencing upset stomach, not being able to shop, not being able to cook or prepare meals, not having enough money, not having an appetite, and more. This site gives great care tips for seniors experiencing any of these problems, and offers help to get the elderly eating better and more often. The tips here are very useful, as many seniors do not eat right. Great for caregivers and seniors who know they can use better nutrition.

Health Information for Seniors
With so many issues and conditions facing seniors, educating oneself and oneís caregivers can be essential. This site provides information from the U.S. government on a wide array of senior-related health topics such as Alzheimerís disease, elder abuse, arthritis and rheumatic diseases, falls, flu season, heart disease, dialysis, dental care, hospice care, substance abuse, mental health resources for seniors, nursing home comparisons, Medicaid, Medicare, food safety, exercising for seniors, emergency preparations for seniors, dietary guidelines for seniors, senior nutrition and plenty more senior health issues.

Chirobase Gives You 411 About Chiropractors from a Skeptic's Point of View
Not everyone is a fan of chiropractic medicine, and Chirobase bills itself as "Your Skeptical Guide to Chiropractic History, Theories and Practices." The site includes a series of general articles on such topics as why chiropractic is controversial, what the Canadian Pediatric Society's position is on the practice, and a glossary of terms. Other offerings on the site include information about the dangers of neck manipulation, information provided by people who feel victimized by the profession, and some investigative reports. The site also posts articles dealing with insurance issues, ads and brochures (past and present), the history of chiropractic medicine, government reports, and more.

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