The Secrets to Healthy (Senior) Living

Posted on June 15, 2016

“All would live long, but none would be old,” Benjamin Franklin.

The facts are startling:

  • Every day, 8,000 people in the US turn 65 years old, according to AARP.
  • By 2030, 20% of the US population will be 65 or older.*
  • In the 20th century, the average lifespan in the US increased by more than 30 years.**

As we all approach or settle into our senior years, it’s good to know there are reliable resources about senior health.  One of those, Gale Encyclopedia of Senior Health, is available online through our library to support people looking for trusted health information.  So what will you find? Information about:

  • Diseases and conditions
  • Treatment, rehabilitation, and recovery
  • Aging and topics related to death/dying
  • General health and lifestyle choices
  • Community and caregiving options

Expert medical writers, comprehensive coverage
Gale Encyclopedia of Senior Health, which is written and reviewed by doctors, nurses, and other medical experts, complements information from your healthcare provider by clearly explaining many health concerns and treatments that seniors face.  Entries are easy to read and feature color photos and illustrations, which make it easier to identify and understand conditions and treatments.

With 664 full entries on topics, a comprehensive glossary, indexing that makes it easy to pinpoint information, and a “questions to ask your doctor” section, this resource is ideal for seniors, caregivers, and healthcare providers.

And because it’s an eBook, you can access it any time, anywhere, and on nearly any device – making it easy to find information at odd hours or remote locations.

Health info at your fingertips
As an eBook, Gale Encyclopedia of Senior Health is available online 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and you can access it remotely on nearly any device.  Want to find information and send it to someone else?  Or send it to yourself to read later?  You can.  The articles are downloadable, or you can send links to specific sections.  You can search the entire book quickly and find all references on whatever topic you’re interested in.

In addition, you can choose to “hear” this valuable information rather than read it, using the text-to-speech option.   Or have it translated into a choice of languages for those whose first language isn’t English.

Whether you’re a senior, approaching senior status, or have a beloved senior in your life, we encourage you to visit the library website and find valuable health information that can help relieve concerns and improve quality of life.


*  Colby, Sandra L. and Ortman, Jennifer M. “The Baby Boom Cohort in the United States: 2012 to 2060”. U.S. Census Bureau Current Population Reports, Population Estimates and Projections. May 2014.
*  CDC (1999). “Ten great public health achievements—United States, 1900–1999”MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 48 (12): 241–3.PMID 10220250Reprinted in: “From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Ten great public health achievements—United States, 1900–1999”. JAMA 281 (16): 1481. 1999.


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