Great Age Guide to Online Health and Wellness

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Que's Great Age Guides celebrate the vital role and lifestyle of today's young, active 50+ adults. Most well-known "middle-aged" people of sixty-five or seventy would have you believe that Great Age is so wonderful that all the years leading up to it are a waste of time! People in this great age are transforming retirement's traditional laid-back "golden years" in pure platinum. Great Ager's break retirement tradition by working well past typical retirement age, not only by need, but also by the desire to remain productive members of society.



The Great Age Guide to Online Health and Wellness is written specifically for those adults 50+ living with and using their computers and the Internet to help take better care of themselves. You'll get information on such things as living wills, the pros and cons to buying drugs outside the country, nutrition, supplements and vitamins, drug interactions, evaluating medical Web sites, finding support groups and more.
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  • Paperback | 314 pages
  • 177.8 x 228.6 x 22.9mm | 498.96g
  • Que Corporation,U.S.
  • Indianapolis, IN, United States
  • English
  • 0789735326
  • 9780789735324

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Que's Great Age Guides celebrate the vital role and lifestyle of today's young, active 50+ adults. Most well-known "middle-aged" people of sixty-five or seventy would have you believe that Great Age is so wonderful that all the years leading up to it are a waste of time! People in this great age are transforming retirement's traditional laid-back "golden years" in pure platinum. Great Ager's break retirement tradition by working well past typical retirement age, not only by need, but also by the desire to remain productive members of society. The "Great Age Guide to Online Health and Wellness "is written specifically for those adults 50+ living with and using their computers and the Internet to help take better care of themselves. You'll get information on such things as living wills, the pros and cons to buying drugs outside the country, nutrition, supplements and vitamins, drug interactions, evaluating medical Web sites, finding support groups and more.
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Table of contents

About Sandy Berger's Great Age Series 2 Online Health and Wellness 2

What's Inside 3

How This Book Is Organized 4



1 Technology to the Rescue 7

Living Longer 7

Rewriting Retirement 9

Medical Breakthroughts 10

Assistive Technologies 12

Independent Living 15

Managing Your Health 18

Your Personal Health Assessment 18

Sandy's Summary 24



2 Looking Younger 25

Weight Management 26

The Battle of the Bulge 26

Knowing Your Optimum Weight 27

Understanding Your Diet Pitfalls 30

Finding Your Diet Solution 34

Dieting Resources Online 34

Fitness for Everyone 40

High-Tech Fitness Equipment 44

Searching for the Fountain of Youth 46

Antiaging Products and Techniques 47

Antioxidants 48

Creams and Lotions 49

Cosmetic Surgery 52

Sandy's Summary 53



3 Feeling Younger 55

Stress Reduction 55

Internet Resources to Help You Reduce Stress 46

Yoga 58

Meditation 59

Breating Techniques 60

Keeping the Mind Active 62

Laughter is the Best Medicine 66

Playing Games Can Keep You Healthy 67

Games Online 58

Console Video Games 69

Games to Get You Moving 70

Nutrition 71

Antiaging Medicine 75

Spas 77

Hormone Replacement 68

Vitamins and Supplements 80

Sleep and Light Enhancements 84

A Good Night's Sleep 84

Light Therapy 86

Sandy's Summary 87



4 Preparing for Your Doctor Visit 89

Finding Medical Help 89

Finding Physician Information 91

Finding a Hospital 93

Communicating with Healthcare Professionals 96

Asking Questions and Raising Concerns 96

Bridging the Patient-Doctor Divide 98

Be An Informated Patient 99

Assessing Your Symptoms 99

Research Before You Go 101

Resources for Understanding Medical Terminology 101

Sandy's Summary



5 Researching Health Concerns Online 105

Finding Appropriate Medical Websites 106

Governmenet Websites 106

Hospital and Health Care Sites 107

Not-For-Profit Sites 108

Medical Professional Organization Sites 108

Medical and Scientific Journals 110

Evaluating the Credibility of Websites That Provide Medical Information 111

Finding General Health Information Websites 112

Tips For Finding More Specialized Information 117

Avoiding Scams and Snake Oil Salesmen 121

Effective Ways to Search 124

Finding Health-Related Audio and Video Information on the Internetn 125

Health Care Information Can Also Be Found in the Form of a Podcase 126

Sandy's Summary 127



6 Finding Disease-Specific Information Online 129

Arthritis 131

Macular Degeneration 135

Diabetes 136

Cancer 141

Alzheimer's and Dementia 146

Stroke 148

Heart Health and Disease 150

Sandy's Summary 154



7 Men's and Women's Unique Health Issues 155

Men Are from Mars: Women Are from Venus 156

Gender-Specific Studies 156

Research and Current Studies You Can Read 158

About Online 158

The Gender Differences 159

Heart Health in Men and Women 161

Websites with Gender-Specific Information for Both Sexes 162

WebMD: Men's and Women'a Health Centers 163

Medline Plus 163

HealthWeb 164

Mayo Clinic: Healthy Living Centers 164

Men's and Women's Health Areas at MedicineNet.com 165

Yahoo! Health Centers for Men and Women 166

BBC 166

Finding Other Websites Dealing with Gender-Specific Health Issues 166

Women's Health Issues

Breast Cancer 169

Osteoporosis 170

Men's Health Issues 172

Prostate Cancer 172

Sandy's Summary 175

8 Finding Others Like You 177

Finding a Support Group for a Specific Disease or Condition 178

Finding Support in Chat Rooms 182

Finding Suport on Message Boards 185

Blogs Can Contain a Wealth of Information and Experience 189

Sand's Summary 192



9 Improving Your Medication Awareness Online 193

Researching Medication 194

Medline Plus 195

U.S. Food and Drug Administration 196

AARP's Effective and Safe Prescription Drug Site 196

RXList 198

PDRhealth 199

Researching Generic or Brand Name Drugs Online 200

Purchasing Medications Online 202

Beware of Illegitimate Prescription Drug Sites 203

Finding an Online Pharmacy 205

Avoiding Adverse Drug Interactions 207

Sandy's Summary 210



10 Your Personal Medical Records 211

Medical Records Explained 212

Ownership 214

Health hLegislation 215

Electronic Medical Records 216

Security Issues 218

Portable Medical Records 219

USB Drives 228

Living Wills and Legal Stuff 231

Sandy's Summary 233



11 Unconventional Healthcare Options 235

Complementary Medicine 236

Food and Dietary Supplements 236

Chiropractic and Massage Therapy 243

Aromatherapy and Biofeedback 249

Alternative Medicine 253

Homeopathy 253

Ayurvedic Medicine 254

Traditional Chinese Medicine 256

Other Nontraditional Medicines 258

Sandy's Summary 260



12 High-Tech Medicine 261

High-Tech Procedures 262

Arthroscopic Surgery 262

Swallow a Camera? 262

Virual Colonoscopy 264

Cataract Surery 264

Cancer Breakthroughts 265

Heat Movies 265

High-Tech Heart Surgery 266

Brain Imaging 267

Amazing Laboratory Feats 267

The Power of the Mind 267

High-Tech Bandages 269

Medicine Delivery Systems 269

Telemedicine and Connected Home Health 270

Robots as Medical Aids 272

Gene Therapy Creates Dramatic Advances 276

Personalized Treatment 277

Cloning 278

The Future 279

Sandy's Summary 281



Index 283
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About Sandy Berger

Sandy Berger is seen and heard everywhere these days: in her Compu-KISS newsletter, on her radio program, in her newspaper column, in her three books, and on the Internet and by fans from around the globe. And although she is the host of the Computers and Technology section of the AARP web site, a far broader age group seeks her opinions. It's the universal appeal that put Sandy in Parade Magazine and on the Today Show. Dubbed "the Martha Stewart of e-learning," Sandy is knowledgeable, likable, and has a way with people. The New York Times placed her in the top five most influential people in e-learning.
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