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Depression

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Print

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.

Diabetes

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Websites

American Diabetes Association | http://diabetes.org/

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 | https://www.diabetesfoodhub.org/

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

 

Diabetes Forecast: The Healthy Living Magazine | http://www.diabetesforecast.org/

Published by the American Diabetes Association, available online.

 

Diabetes Sisters | https://diabetessisters.org

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 | http://hopkinsdiabetesinfo.org/

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

 

National Diabetes Education Program | https://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/ndep/index.html

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 | https://doihaveprediabetes.org/

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.

Exercise & Physical Activity

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Programs

Silver Sneakers | http://www.silversneakers.com 

- This program is taught in many communities by trained leaders. Some insurance plans provide it as a benefit.

 

Physical activity guidelines

Australia | https://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/content/health-pubhlth-strateg-phys-act-guidelines

Canada | https://csepguidelines.ca  

United States | https://health.gov/paguidelines/

 

Websites

Enhance Fitness | https://projectenhance.org/enhancefitness/

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 | http://www.eblcprograms.org

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

 

Go4Life | https://go4life.nia.nih.gov/

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 | https://www.nchpad.org/

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 | https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/exercise-physical-activity 

 

WebMD: The 7 Minute Workout | https://www.webmd.com/fitness-exercise/ss/the-7-minute-workout-slideshow 

 

Videos

Canadian Lung Association: Exercise and COPD | https://youtu.be/DFemC5giG1Y 

 

Flint Rehabilitation Devices, LLC: Core Exercises for Stroke Patients to Improve Balance and Walking | https://youtu.be/dGBqTLtdVuA 

 

Kaiser Permanente Thrive: Seated Upper Body Exercise | https://youtu.be/R6Nr-VaFcqM 

 

Multiple Sclerosis Association of America: Introduction to Multiple Sclerosis Aquatic Fitness | https://youtu.be/PmDArJJjG4c 

 

Sit and Be Fit | https://www.sitandbefit.org/

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 | https://youtu.be/NDLad2vOHkU

 

Audiobooks

Exercises for Chronic Conditions | https://www.bullpub.com/exercises-for-chronic-conditions.html

Audio CD self-management resource 

 

Moving Easy Program | https://www.bullpub.com/catalog-moving-easy.html

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

 

Videos

DocMikeEvans: 23 and 1/2 hours: What is the single best thing we can do for our health?  | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUaInS6HIGo 

 

Dr. Michelle Segar: No Sweat: Lasting Motivation to Exercise | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LoNFjf9ltMo 

 

Print

Segar, Michelle: No Sweat: How the Simple Science of Motivation can Bring You a Lifetime of Fitness, 2015. Also online resources: https://michellesegar.com 

 

Healthy Eating

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Food Guides

USDA Food Guidance System: My Plate | https://www.choosemyplate.gov/ 

 

Websites

The American Heart Association | https://www.heart.org 

Offers many resources to help you with healthy living and eating. Also many recipes: https://recipes.heart.org/en/recipes

 

Eat Right | https://www.eatright.org

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 | https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health-topics/dash-eating-plan 

 

Nutrition.gov | https://www.nutrition.gov/

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.

 

Videos

Voice of America News: Grocery Store Tours Emphasizing Healthy Choices | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YUdLl1RDhEA 

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

 

Applications

My Fitness Pal  | https://www.myfitnesspal.com/

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

Hearing Loss

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Websites

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders | https://www.nidcd.nih.gov/health/assistive-devices-people-hearing-voice-speech-or-language-disorders

- This article by the National Institute on Deafness and other communication disorders describes assistive Devices for People with Hearing, Voice, Speech, or Language Disorders.

 

Federal Trade Commission: Buying a Hearing Aid | https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/0168-buying-hearing-aid-0    

- This federal trade commission document provides information to help consumers purchase the correct hearing aid.  

 

European Federation of Hard of Hearing People | https://efhoh.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/EFHOH-Survey-European-Standard-EN-15927-2010-Services-offered-by-hearing-aid-professionals.pdf  

- This link discusses the trial period and follow up on hearing aids in Europe.

Heart Disease / Congestive Heart Failure

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Websites

American Heart Association | https://www.heart.org

Nonprofit organization offering healthy living tips and information about different heart related health topics, caregiver support and community forums. 

 

American Stroke Association | https://www.strokeassociation.org/en 

A division of the American Heart Association providing information about stroke and life after stroke, along with financial resources, support networks and more. 

 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

Kaiser Permanente: Take Prevention to Heart | https://healthy.kaiserpermanente.org/health/care/!ut/p/a0/DcdBCsAgDATAF8nee-srWnNbJKhgokjo--tlYCB4Ic6vV0afznGei3rovppyRzqOaHggkLVZjcg-U2FpimV2_9KWcfA!/ 

 

Mayo Clinic

 

Medline Plus

 

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute | https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/

The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute plans, conducts, and supports research, clinical trials, and observational studies related to the causes, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of heart, blood vessel, lung, and blood diseases, and sleep disorders. 

 

Office on Women’s Health: Heart Disease and women https://www.womenshealth.gov/heart-disease-and-stroke/heart-disease/heart-disease-and-women 

 

WebMD

 

WomenHeart | http://www.womenheart.org/

The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease. Website offers information about preventing, diagnosing and treating heart disease, help to find a support network and blog. 

 

Print

Cohen, Barry. Coronary Heart Disease: From Diagnosis to Treatment 2019.

Heller, Maria. The DASH Diet Action Plan: Proven to Lower Blood Pressure and Cholesterol without Medication. 2014.

Ornish, Dean and Anne Ornish. Undo It!: How Simple Lifestyle Changes Can Reverse Most Chronic Diseases. Ballantine, 2019.

Rippe, James M. Preventing and Reversing Heart Disease for Dummies. Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley, 2015.

Taylor, Jill Bolte. My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey. New York: Viking, 2009.



High Blood Pressure

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Websites

American Heart Association | https://www.heart.org

Nonprofit organization offering healthy living tips and information about different heart related health topics, caregiver support and community forums. 

 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: High Blood Pressure | https://www.cdc.gov/bloodpressure/ 

 

Mayo Clinic: Video - How to measure blood pressure using an automatic monitor | https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/high-blood-pressure/multimedia/how-to-measure-blood-pressure/vid-20084749

 

Mayo Clinic: High blood pressure (hypertension) | https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/high-blood-pressure/symptoms-causes/syc-20373410

 

Medline Plus: High Blood Pressure | https://medlineplus.gov/highbloodpressure.html 

 

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute | https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/

The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute plans, conducts, and supports research, clinical trials, and observational studies related to the causes, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of heart, blood vessel, lung, and blood diseases, and sleep disorders. 

 

Videos

Mayo Clinic: How to measure blood pressure using an automatic monitor | https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/high-blood-pressure/multimedia/how-to-measure-blood-pressure/vid-20084749 

 

Medline Plus: Hypertension Overview | https://medlineplus.gov/ency/anatomyvideos/000072.htm

 

National Association of Community Health Centers: How to use your home blood pressure monitor | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0tGyRJxbYpQ 

Making Treatment Decisions

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Websites

 

Choosing Wisely | http://www.choosingwisely.org

An initiative of the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation. The mission of Choosing Wisely is to promote conversations between clinicians and patients by helping patients choose care that is supported by evidence. 

 

Consumer Lab | https://www.consumerlab.com 

Their mission is to identify the best quality health and nutritional products through independent testing. 

 

Health Canada: Drug Product Database | https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/drugs-health-products/drug-products/drug-product-database.html 

 

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: Health Information | https://nccih.nih.gov/health 

 

Quackwatch | https://www.quackwatch.org

An international network providing links to information on health-related frauds, myths, fads, fallacies and misconduct.

 

Medications, Herbs, Supplements & Other Treatments

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Websites

Choosing Wisely | http://www.choosingwisely.org/

Nonprofit collaboration of over 70 major medical organizations that reviews evidence on tests and treatments that are overused and should be avoided. Promotes conversations between clinicians and patients by helping patients choose care that is: supported by evidence, not duplicative of other tests or procedures already received, free from harm, and truly necessary.

Also, has free downloadable app for Apple and Android devices

 

Consumer Lab | https://www.consumerlab.com/ 

Independent testing on nutritional products.

 

Consumer Reports | https://www.consumerreports.org 

Reviews and evaluates both alternative and conventional treatments and products.

 

Drugs.com | https://www.drugs.com/

Information on medications, pill identifier, interactions checker and more.

 

Food and Drug Administration (FDA): Educational Resources | https://www.fda.gov/drugs/drug-information-consumers/educational-resources-alphabetical-list

 

Health Canada: Licensed National Health Products Database | https://health-products.canada.ca/lnhpd-bdpsnh/index-eng.jsp

Website maintained by the government of Canada. It contains information about natural health products that have been issued a product license by Health Canada. It includes information on vitamin and mineral supplements, herb and plant-based remedies, traditional medicines such as Traditional Chinese Medicines or Ayurvedic (Indian) Medicines, homeopathic medicines, and many everyday consumer products. 

 

Medline Plus

 

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine | https://nccih.nih.gov/

A government agency providing research-based info. 

 

National Institute on Aging: Safe Use of Medications for Older Adults | https://www.nia.nih.gov/health/safe-use-medicines-older-adults

 

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database | https://naturalmedicines.therapeuticresearch.com/ 

Clinical data on approximately 90,000 herbal products, dietary supplements, vitamins, minerals, homeopathic products, Ayurvedic medicines, complementary alternative medicines, integrative therapies, alternative treatments (such as acupuncture), traditional Chinese medicines products, and other natural remedies as well as a Natural Product / Drug Interaction Checker. 

 

The Public Health Agency of Canada: A-Z Index | https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/a-z.html

 

US Preventive Services Task Force | https://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/ 

An independent, volunteer panel of national experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine that provide critical reviews of various screening tests and medical treatments for both professionals and consumers

 

WebMD: Drugs and Medications A to Z | https://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/index

 

Print

Griffith, H. Winter, and Stephen W. Moore. Complete Guide to Prescription and Nonprescription Drugs, 2018-2019. New York: Perigee Books, 2019.

 

Mindfulness, Meditation & Imagery

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Websites

 

National Institute of Mental Health | http://www.nimh.nih.gov/

Lead federal agency for research on mental disorders

 

Print

Boroson, M. (2009). One-Moment meditation: Stillness for People on the Go. Winter Road Publishing. 

Goldstein, E., & Stahl, B. (2015). Mbsr every day: daily practices from the heart of mindfulness-based stress reduction. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications, Inc.

Kabat-Zinn, J. (2018). Falling Awake: How to Practice Mindfulness in Everyday Life. New York, NY: Hachette Books.

Kabat-Zinn, J. (2012). Mindfulness for beginners: reclaiming the present moment--and your lifeBoulder, CO: Sounds True.

Kabat-Zinn, J. (2018). The healing power of mindfulness: a new way of being. New York, NY: Hachette Books.

 

Video

Martin Boroson: One-Moment Meditation: How to Meditate in a Moment | https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YiC8ktpev30 

 

Other

Health Journeys: Audio library | https://www.healthjourneys.com/audio-library

- Guided imagery audio CDs and MP3s programs for stress, sleep, successful surgery, diabetes, depression, anxiety, smoking, pain and more.

Regan, Catherine. and Rick Seidel. Relaxation for Mind and Body: Pathways to Healing [audio CD]. Boulder, Colo.: Bull Publishing, 2012.