High Blood Pressure

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American Heart Association |

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 | 


Mayo Clinic: Video - How to measure blood pressure using an automatic monitor |


Mayo Clinic: High blood pressure (hypertension) |


Medline Plus: High Blood Pressure | 


National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute |

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. 



Mayo Clinic: How to measure blood pressure using an automatic monitor | 


Medline Plus: Hypertension Overview |


National Association of Community Health Centers: How to use your home blood pressure monitor | 

Making Treatment Decisions

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Choosing Wisely |

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 | 

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


Health Canada: Drug Product Database | 


National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health: Health Information | 


Quackwatch |

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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Choosing Wisely |

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 | 

Independent testing on nutritional products.


Consumer Reports | 

Reviews and evaluates both alternative and conventional treatments and products. |

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


Food and Drug Administration (FDA): Educational Resources |


Health Canada: Licensed National Health Products Database |

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 |

A government agency providing research-based info. 


National Institute on Aging: Safe Use of Medications for Older Adults |


Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database | 

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 |


US Preventive Services Task Force | 

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 |



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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National Institute of Mental Health |

Lead federal agency for research on mental disorders



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.



Martin Boroson: One-Moment Meditation: How to Meditate in a Moment | 



Health Journeys: 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.

Mobility Aids / Special Equipment

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AbleData |

The premier database for unbiased, comprehensive information on products, solutions and resources to improve productivity and ease life’s tasks.


Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation: Home Modification |


Eldercare Locator: Assistive Technology |


MedlinePlus: Mobility Aids |


Mayo Clinic: Tips for Choosing and Using Canes |


National Institute on Aging: Home Safety and Alcheimer’s Disease |


National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) | 

- Assistive Devices for People with Hearing, Voice, Speech, or Language Disorders



Clinic Excellence Commission (Australia): Falls Prevention - Safe use of Mobility Aids - Walking stick | 


National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability: How to Choose a Wheelchair |



A Family and Caregivers Guide to Home Safety for the Disabled |


Muscular Dystrophy Association: Everyday Life with ALS A Practical Guide |

* From 2005. Might be a little outdated


Multiple Sclerosis Society: Considering Assistive Devices |


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National Institute on Drug Abuse: Opioids | 


Mayo Clinic: How Opioid Addiction Occurs |


US Department of Health and Human Services: What are Opioids? |



Darnall, B. (2014). Less Pain, Fewer Pills: Avoid the Dangers of Prescription Opioids and Gain Gontrol Over Chronic Pain. Bull Publishing Company.

Darnall, B. (2016). The Opioid-Free Pain Relief Kit: 10 Simple Steps to Ease Your Pain. Bull Publishing Company. 




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American Chronic Pain Association |

Peer support and education in pain management skills to people with pain, family and friends, and health care professionals.


Pacing and Planning


The Pain Toolkit | 

A pain self-management resource based on the Pain Toolkit, a simple information booklet by Pete Moore. 



Butler, D., Moseley, G. (2013) Explain Pain. Noigroup Publications. 

Darnall, B. (2014). Less Pain, Fewer Pills: Avoid the Dangers of Prescription Opioids and Gain Control Over Chronic Pain. Boulder, CO: Bull Publishing Company.

LeFort, S. M., Webster, L., Lorig, K., Holman, H., Sobel, D. S., Laurent, D., … Minor, M. A. (2015). Living a Healthy Life with Chronic Pain. Boulder, CO: Bull Publishing Company.



Pacing: Your Superpower Against Chronic Pain (YouTube)

  • - An amazing 14- year- old girl with chronic pain talks about pacing


American Chronic Pain Association

Planning for the Future

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American Association for Retired Persons | 


American Bar Association: Health Care Decision Making | 


National Council on Aging: Benefits Check Up | |

Information and support geared towards seniors.


Five Wishes: Advanced Care Planning for You and Your Loved Ones | 


My Life In A Box: A Life Organizer | 


National Center of Law and Elder Rights |

Formerly the National Legal Resource Center 


National Council on Aging | 


National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization: Patients and Caregivers | 


National POLST Paradigm |

Encourages patients and their health care professionals to talk about what patients want at the end of life. The patient and his/her health care professional make informed, shared decisions about treatments and complete a POLST form, which is a portable medical order that emergency personnel can follow if the patient has a medical emergency and can't speak for himself/herself.


National Resource Center on Psychiatric Advance Directives | 

A psychiatric advance directive (PAD) is a legal document that documents a person’s preferences for future mental health treatment, and allows the appointment of a health proxy to interpret those preferences during a crisis. PADs are used when a person becomes unable to make decisions during a mental health crisis.


U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development: Home equity conversion mortgages for seniors |


U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: Directory of Veterans Service Organizations | 



Cullen, M., Irving, S. (2018). Shae Irving. Get It Together: Organize Your Records So Your Family Won’t Have To (Eighth edition). Berkeley, CA: Nolo.

  • - Provides a complete system for structuring and organizing your information and documents into a records binder, including helpful content, resources, and step-by-step instructions, as well as downloadable forms.


Kübler-Ross, E. (2014). On Death and Dying. New York: Simon & Schuster.

  • - This book explores the five stages of death: denial and isolation, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. Through sample interviews and conversations, Kübler-Ross  gives readers a better understanding of how imminent death affects the patient, the professionals who serve that patient, and the patient's family.


Rosen, H. (2015). My Family Record Book: The Easy Way to Organize Personal Information, Financial Plans, and Final Wished for Seniors, Caregivers, Estate Executors, etc. Rosen Books.

  • - A complete step-by-step guide to help you keep track of and organize: final wishes and arrangements, computer information and passwords, estate planning documents, employment records, insurance policies, tax records, retirement accounts, government benefits, real estate records, house maintenance and more.


Speicher, J. H. (2019). Before and After: A practical guide for what to do and not to do before and after a loved one dies. Lafayette, CA: Big Hat Press.

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


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 |


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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