Friday, October 3, 2014 11:30 am– 1:00 pm
Lobby of the TMC Library – 1133 John Freeman Blvd.
Provider: University of Texas Medical School at Houston/Reynolds Foundation
Descriptions: This website from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston is a portal to a geriatrics education program funded by the Reynolds Foundation. TEXAS "...provides a centralized location for students, residents and other learners to access the educational projects, assignments, assessment instruments and content developed by UTH Reynolds faculty and staff... TEXAS has developed a model that depicts how the ACGME and AAMC competencies are integrated into geriatric learning at all stages of learning: novice, advanced beginner, competent, proficient and expert. This model provides a schematic of training initiatives, outcomes expected and evaluation methods as they relate to the five stages of learning."
Keywords: aging, Alzheimer, care, courseware, education, emergency medicine, faculty, geriatrics, internal medicine, links, orthopaedics, orthopedics, palliative care, portal, surgery, urology
Provider: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Descriptions: This informative website's resources may be designed for use by various categories of healthcare provider, but it contains information interesting and useful to consumers as well. Under the Research, Statistics, Data and Systems tab, for instance, in Medicare Provider Charge Data, one can explore comparative data like the often stunning disparities in rates charged by different hospitals within a single city, or by hospitals across the country, for treatment of a selection of 100 common diagnoses. It also provides links to detailed information about individual states' Medicare and Medicaid policies and programs.
Keywords: aging, care, consumer health, healthcare administration, healthcare policy, healthcare system
Provider: Society for Neuroscience
Descriptions: Brainfacts.org is a resource for the public that reports on advances in brain research with short, informative, illustrated articles. Topics are presented in the broadest of ranges- from neurons to the role of neuroscience in a court of law. The Society for Neuroscience presents this resource in partnership with two foundations- Gatsby, and the Kavli Foundation. Links to their interesting websites are provided.
Keywords: aging, brain, cognitive disorders, consumer health, disease, education, neurology, neuroscience, news
Descriptions: This directory covers assisted living facilities in all 50 states. Search by state or ZIP code. Contact information, photographs and links to the facilities' websites are provided. The compilers of this directory have screened out questionable entries, based on news items and user feedback, but first-hand investigation is of utmost importance in this context.
Keywords: aging, Alzheimer, consumer health, general medical reference, geriatrics, nursing
Provider: National Institute on Aging/National Library of Medicine
Descriptions: "NIHSeniorHealth makes aging-related health information easily accessible for family members and friends seeking reliable, easy to understand online health information." Because this site was developed jointly by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM), it differs somewhat from the information in the "Seniors Health" section of the NIH website. NIHSeniorHealth has three special features which make it especially user-friendly: a variable text size option, contrast on/off option, and an auditory version.
Keywords: aging, alternative medicine, Alzheimer, cancer, clinical trials, consumer health, drugs, general health, geriatrics, mental health, NIH, NLM
Provider: U.S. National Institutes of Health
Descriptions: "NIA, one of the 27 Institutes and Centers of NIH, leads a broad scientific effort to understand the nature of aging and to extend the healthy, active years of life. In 1974, Congress granted authority to form NIA to provide leadership in aging research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs relevant to aging and older people. Subsequent amendments to this legislation designated the NIA as the primary Federal agency on Alzheimer’s disease research." A large number of free publications, some provided in Spanish, are available for downloading. These include fact sheets, reports and a short e-book, Alzheimer's Disease: Unraveling the Mystery. Links to information about research projects, trials, health- and aging-related organizations, and other related resources are provided.
Keywords: aging, Alzheimer, biomedical research, brain, care, cognition, cognitive disorders, e-books, federal agencies, geriatrics, patient education, spanish, U.S. Government
Provider: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Descriptions: This website provides a means to research and compare the quality ratings of nursing homes. Search for local facilities and view their ratings based on health inspection, staffing and quality measures that reflect the general well-being of residents. A link to the free "Medicare's Guide to Choosing a Nursing Home" is provided under Help & Resources/Publications.
Keywords: aging, care, consumer health, health services, healthcare, Medicare/Medicaid, quality, U.S. Government
Provider: Johns Hopkins School of Public Health
Descriptions: More than a hundred public health courses are listed here, with course materials: syllabi, lecture series, readings and assignments. Materials may be used and re-purposed, with the request that the user contact JHSPH to tell them how. Several courses deal with statistical methods in various sub-disciplines. The school also shares a wealth of images, mostly graphs and charts. Browse courses and materials by course, topic, collection or images.
Keywords: aging, bioterrorism, child, courseware, curriculum, disaster, disease, emergency preparedness, environmental, epidemiology, ethics, free, full text, graduate medical education, images, infectious disease, informatics, laboratory, Medicare/Medicaid, multidisciplinary, nutrition, obesity, open access, population, psychiatry, public health, statistical, toxicology
Provider: Alzheimer Research Forum
Descriptions: This site contains and links to a huge number of resources for the Alzheimer researcher. Features include: a live discussion forum; citations to the latest papers (linking to PubMed); an international listing of institutes and laboratories; separate links for news on drugs, conferences and research; clinics information for the consumer; and more items too numerous to list here. It also provides links to the AlzSWAN Knowledge Base (see separate website listing) and its tutorials, and a collection of special seminars, on-line journal club discussions, recorded talks and other presentations that describe a variety of scientific hypotheses about the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease.
Keywords: aging, Alzheimer, biomedical research, brain, collaborative, drugs, full text, informatics, links, networking, neurology, neuroscience, news, ontology, RSS feed, scientist, video
Provider: Alliance for Aging Research
Descriptions: The Alliance for Aging Research, a private non-profit, is an advocacy organization dedicated to supporting research on aging through various means-- forming coalitions among related organizations, lobbying, fund-raising and providing information to seniors on common diseases and conditions of aging and on matters of policy. The website contains many useful resources for consumers, including articles, podcasts, links and a blog.
Keywords: advocacy, aging, blog, Congress, consumer health, general health, patient education, podcasts
Descriptions: The AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) International website offers some interesting resources, including an "Aging Everywhere" interactive world map and country profiles that both link to brief overviews of life expectancy, health care expenditure and other indicators that influence the aging picture. A Resource Library contains links to United Nations and OECD reports,AARP's own policy documents, news items and monthly publications. The resource library is a searchable combined version of AgeSource Worldwide and AgeStats Worldwide.
Keywords: aging, consumer health, demographics, reports, research, society, trend
Contents: full text, websites
Access Level: Free, Open Access
Descriptions: The Country Profiles section of the AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) International website offers statistics on life expectancy and per capita healthcare expenditure worldwide.
Keywords: aging, consumer health, open access