Senior Information Network

Health and wellness information about the most common diseases for people age 65 and older

For Seniors

Heart Diseases- Normal blood pressure/pulse readings

Diabetes- Normal blood glucose readings

  • Signs/symptoms of diseases
  • Common labs
  • Medications used to treat

- Why is this medication ordered?

- Common side effects

  • Diet, exercise, lifestyle changes

- Food guide/Food Pyramid

- Exercise programs

  • familydoctor.org (gives tips and senior specific exercises)
  • essortment.com (exercise programs for elderly)
  • parmly.org (wellness center offers fitness room, classes)

Arthritis- Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Gout

  • Description of diseases, signs/symptoms of diseases
  • Medications used to treat

-Common side effects

  • Explanation of surgical options
  • Other interventions

- Use of heat and cold

- Exercises

- Diet choices

Eye site/vision- Macular Degeneration, Glaucoma, Cataracts, Diabetic Retinopathy

  • Vision loss resources in Anoka County call 612-871-2222
  • nei.nih.gov (national eye institute)
  • navh.org (national association for visually handicapped)

Mental Health- Depression, Anxiety, Stress      Depression Screening

  • Description of diseases
  • Signs/symptoms of diseases
  • Treatment options

- Medications

  • reason medication used
  • common side effects

- Therapy options

- Stress Management Tips

  • Geriatric mental health services in Anoka County

- Unity Hospital 763-236-4464

- Anoka Regional Treatment Center 651-431-5000

  • Peopleincorporated.org (mental health crisis services for Anoka County)
  • Grief support- Mercy Hospital 763-236-8050
  • voamn.org (Volunteers of America Senior Mental Health Services)
  • More Resources

- WebMD.com

- Mayoclinic.com

- healthfinders.gov

- health.com

For Health Care Professionals

  • Review of specific tests/acceptable results for diseases
  • Disease specific client teaching resources

- Print off resources for client to reinforce teaching

  • Heart Diseases
  • Diabetes
  • Eye site/vision
  • Arthritis
  • Mental Health
  • More Resources

- accap.org (Senior information line of Anoka County)

- MinnesotaHelp.info (community resources directory)

- Home and Community Health Care Services, Anoka County 763-422-6970

- Anoka county Vulnerable Adult/Adult Protection 763-422-7168

- Lifeline (personal response service) 763-792-0041

- Senior Companion Program 763-783-4717