Claire Cameron

Healthy Eating

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Food Guides

USDA Food Guidance System: My Plate | 



American Cancer Society |

Nutrition for People With Cancer, learn about nutrition needs during treatment and how to manage treatment side effects that could affect how well you eat.

The American Heart Association

Offers many resources to help you with healthy living and eating. Also many recipes:


Eat Right |

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals founded in Cleveland, Ohio. Today, the Academy represents more than 100,000 credentialed practitioners and is committed to improving the nation's health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy.


National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute: DASH Eating Plan | |

Sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture, the website features information about basic nutrition, diets for various health conditions, dietary supplements, food assistance programs and more.




Voice of America News: Grocery Store Tours Emphasizing Healthy Choices | 

A YouTube video of a brief tour that provides tips for healthy good choices. 



My Fitness Pal  |

A free, easy to use food and activity tracker that you can use on your computer or smartphone. 


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American Thoracic Society

Exercise & Physical Activity

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Silver Sneakers | 

- This program allows you to take online classes from home or to visit the gym. Available at no cost for adults 65+ through select Medicare plans.


Physical activity guidelines

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Canada |  

United States |



Enhance Fitness |

Low-cost, evidence-based group exercise and falls prevention program to help older adults at all levels of fitness become more active, energized, and empowered to sustain independent lives. 


Evidence-based Leadership Council |

Proven evidence-based programs (EBPs) in the following categories: chronic disease and medication management, depression, falls management and physical activity. 


Go4Life from the National Institute on Aging |

Exercise and Physical Activity | National Institute on Aging (

Go4Life is an exercise and physical activity campaign from the National Institute on Aging at NIH, designed to help older adults fit exercise and physical activity into their daily life.


National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability |

NCHPAD is the premier resource for information on physical activity, health promotion, and disability, serving persons with physical, sensory and cognitive disability across the lifespan. NCHPAD’s website features a variety of resources and services which can benefit all ages and populations and can be found online.


National Institute on Aging: Exercise and Physical Activity | 


WebMD: The 7 Minute Workout | 



Canadian Lung Association: Exercise and COPD | 


Flint Rehabilitation Devices, LLC: Core Exercises for Stroke Patients to Improve Balance and Walking | 


Kaiser Permanente Thrive: Seated Upper Body Exercise | 


Multiple Sclerosis Association of America: Introduction to Multiple Sclerosis Aquatic Fitness | 


Sit and Be Fit |

Recommended video workouts for those with various conditions including: osteoporosis, diabetes, COPD, neuropathy, arthritis, parkinsons and other conditions. This program offers the classes through public television, streaming, YouTube, and DVDs.


Silver Sneakers: 7-Minute Yoga Workout for Older Adults |



Exercises for Chronic Conditions |

Audio CD self-management resource 


Moving Easy Program |

Audio CD that guides you through gentle exercise sessions. The recording is also available as a downloadable MP3. 



DocMikeEvans: 23 and 1/2 hours: What is the single best thing we can do for our health?  | 


Dr. Michelle Segar: No Sweat: Lasting Motivation to Exercise | 



Segar, Michelle: No Sweat: How the Simple Science of Motivation Can Bring You a Lifetime of Fitness, 2015. Also online resources:


Sex & Intimacy with Chronic Conditioins


ALS Society of Canada: Sexuality, Intimacy and Chronic Illness Fact sheet | 


American Association for Retired Persons: Sex and Intimacy | 


American Diabetes Association |


American Academy of Family Physicians: Chronic Illness and sexual functioning | 


American Heart Association


Diabetes Canada


Heart & Stroke Canada


Mayo Clinic


National Institute on Aging: Sexuality in later life |


Psychology Today: A Good Sex Life is Possible Even with Chronic Pain |


Sexuality after SCI (Spinal Cord Injury) | 

For information and videos on a variety of issues related to sex, love and intimacy for people living with spinal cord injuries. 


WebMD: Pain Management, Maintaining Intimacy |


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American Diabetes Association |

This site contains a variety of information about diabetes from nutrition to research and advocacy issues like insulin affordability. Website also features: news, risk test, statistics, recipes, and is available in Spanish.


Diabetes Food Hub |

Website by the American Diabetes Association allows you to browse recipes with pictures, get nutritional information and create meal plans and grocery lists. 


Diabetes Sisters |

A site for women living with diabetes that offers expert advice as well as a forum for women with diabetes to communicate with each other.


John Hopkins Patient Guide to Diabetes |

Includes a variety of information and videos about diabetes, research studies, patient stories and a nutrition blog.


National Diabetes Education Program |

Website features: information for minorities, Spanish-language and Asian-American information, tips on how to control and prevent diabetes, resources for children and adolescents. NDEP materials are provided through a joint effort of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health.


Prediabetes |

A website by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Medical Association, and the Ad Council dedicated to reducing diabetes risk with a self-screening tool for prediabetes and easy to read tips for increasing exercise, healthy eating, and managing weight to prevent diabetes.

Positive Thinking & Happiness

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Greater Good |

Science-Based Insights for a Meaningful Life, University of California, Berkeley.


The Happiness Project |



David S. Sobel, MD, MPH: Healthy Pleasures, The New Science of Happiness |


DocMikeEvans: The Science of Subjective Well Being, a.k.a. Happiness | 


Reframe Health Lab: The Single Most Important Thing You Can Do for Your Stress by Mike Evans MD | 


Audio Programs

Naparstek, Belleruth. Health Journeys Guided Imagery | 


Regan, Catherine and Seidel, Rick. Relaxation for Mind and Body Boulder, CO: Bull Publishing, 1996.


Weil, Andrew, and Martin Rossman. Self-Healing with Guided Imagery. Louisville, CO: Sounds True, 2006.



Ben-Shahar, Tal. Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2007.

Benson, Herbert, and Miriam Z. Klipper. The Relaxation Response. San Francisco: Quill, 2000.

Burns, David D. The Feeling Good Handbook, rev. ed. New York: Plume, 1999.

Burns, David: Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy. Harper, 2008

Davis, Martha, Elizabeth Eshelman, and Matthew McKay. The Relaxation and Stress Reduction Workbook. Oakland, Calif.: New Harbinger, 2019.

Diener, Ed, and Robert Biswas-Diener. Happiness: Unlocking the Mysteries of Psychological Wealth. Malden, Mass.: Blackwell, 2008.

Emmons, Robert A: Gratitude Works!: A 21-Day Program for Creating Emotional Prosperity, Jossey-Bass, 2013.

Emmons, Robert A. Thanks! How the New Science of Gratitude Can Make You Happier. New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2007.

Emmons, Robert A. The Little Book of Gratitude: Create a Life of Happiness and Wellbeing by Giving Thanks. Gala, 2016. 

Gillihan, Seth: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Made Simple: 10 Strategies for Managing Anxiety, Depression, Anger, Panic, and Worry. Althea 2018.

Kabat-Zinn, Jon. Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness. New York: Delta, 2005.

Kabat-Zinn, Jon. Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life. New York: Hyperion, 2005.

Lyubomirsky, Sonia. The How of Happiness: A New Approach to Getting the Life You Want. New York: Penguin, 2008.

Lyubomirsky, S The Myths of Happiness: What Should Make You Happy, but Doesn't, What Shouldn't Make You Happy, but Does. Penguin Press, 2013

McGonigal, Jane. SuperBetter: The Power of Living Gamefully . 2015.

McKay, Matthew, Martha Davis, and Patrick Fanning. Thoughts and Feelings: Taking Control of Your Moods and Your Life, 4th ed. Oakland, Calif.: New Harbinger, 2011.

Ornstein, Robert, and David Sobel. Healthy Pleasures. Cambridge, Mass.: Perseus, 1989.

Pennebaker, James W. and Evans, John: Expressive Writing: Words that Heal. 2014.

Pennebaker, James W. and Joshua Smith. Opening Up by Writing it Down: How Expressive Writing Improves Health and Eases Emotional Pain. The Guilford Press, 2016.

Rubin, Gretchen. The Happiness Project. Tenth Anniversary Edition: Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun. Harper, 2018

Selignman, Martin. Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being New York: Free Press, 2011.

Sobel, David, and Robert Ornstein. The Healthy Mind, Healthy Body Handbook (also published under the title The Mind and Body Health Handbook). Los Altos, Calif.: DRx, 1996.

Wiiliams, Florence: The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative. Norton, 2017.

Wiseman, Robert:  59 Seconds: Think a Little, Change a Lot. MacMillan 2009



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Burns, D. D. (1999). Feeling good: The new mood therapy. New York, NY: Collins, an imprint of HarperCollins.


Lewinsohn, P. M. (1992). Control your depression. New York, NY: Simon and Schuster.

Communicating with Family, Friends & Health Professionals

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Family Caregiver Alliance: Pathways to Effective Communication for Healthcare Providers and Caregivers | 



Links to PDFs 

- "Effective Communication Skills: Resolving Conflicts" by Naomi Brower and Jana Darrington (

- "Effective Communication Skills: "I" Messages and Beyond" by Jana Darrington and Naomi Brower (


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A male caregiver with Parkinson's talking about being a caregiver for his Mother. 

  • Dance for PD is proud to share this intimate conversation with Dave Iverson – familiar to many in our extended global family as the writer and director of the documentary Capturing Grace – as he discusses his highly-anticipated new memoir Winter Stars, the intimate story of an elderly mom, an aging son, and life’s final journey. This conversation took place live on January 19, 2021.